OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team secures top-20 finishes
in Tour of Thailand’s General Classification and final stage
6 April 2013 – THE OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team celebrated a pair of top-20 finishes on Saturday at The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand. Loh Sea Keong finished 17th overall in the General Classification, while Goh Choon Huat captured 19th place in Stage 6, the final stage of the race.
The field set a frenetic pace from the start of the 105.5-kilometre Stage 6, also the shortest stage of the race. Riding at an overall pace of almost 50 km/h, Lee Ki Suk of CCN Cycling Team edged three other cyclists across the finish line in a time of 2:07:12 to win the stage. Goh, the lone remaining Singaporean in the field, was credited with a time of 2:07:29 for 19th place in the stage.
Loh, who won Stage 2 for the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s first-ever Union Cycliste Internationale Tour stage win, finished in 69th place in Stage 6 to secure 17th place in the General Classification standings. Team Hong Kong China’s Choi Ki Ho finished atop the GC standings to win the overall yellow jersey.
This is the second straight year Loh has excelled at the Tour of Thailand. Last year, the 26-year-old Malaysian finished in eighth place in the General Classification.
The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team next travels to the Philippines to compete in Le Tour de Filipinas, which runs from Saturday, 13 April, to Tuesday, 16 April.
About OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team
The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team was first founded in 2009 as an amateur club team with the mission to develop and promote Singapore cycling. The team has today turned into a full-fledged professional cycling team and established itself as the premier road developmental team for cycling talent in Singapore. Being the first and only professional cycling outfit out of Singapore, the team has been licensed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (“UCI”) as a UCI Continental Cycling Team since 2012. Riders from the team have been crowned champions or stage winners in races such as the Tour of California KOM, Tour of Siam, Tour de Kumamo, Tour of Filipinas and Tour of Thailand.
Photo credit: OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team
Report of Stage 6 from Thai Cycling Association press release
Tour of Thailand Stage 6 – Korean rider grabbed the last stage – LEE Ki Suk, of CCN Cycling Team, won the last stage of the international race “Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Men’s Tour of Thailand 2013 with 2.7.12 hours Saturday from Phangnga to Khuket with the distance of 105.5 kilometres.
The other awards are: The Overall Best ASEAN Rider belongs to Rusli Amir Mustafa, Malaysian national team, 21.50.35 hours. CHO Ho Sung of Seoul Cycling Team won The Points Classification by 46 points and CHO Ki Ho of Hong Kong China national team took The Individual General Classification by time with 21.50.02 hours.
The Women’s Tour of Thailand will be held from 8-10 April 2013 with three stage in the route of Phuket- Phangnga – Phuket.