The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand
Stage 2 – Uthai Thani to Sukhothai 234 kms
April 2, 2014 – The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s Eric Sheppard and Goh Choon Huat kept pace with the leaders and remained within striking distance of the overall lead after Wednesday’s Stage 2 of The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand.
Seoul Cycling Team’s Lee Ki Seok captured the 233.45-kilometre stage in northern Thailand in a time of 5:36:54, leading a four-man breakaway that held off the rest of the field until the end. The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team was led by Sheppard, who finished within the peloton in 23rd place, 11:29 behind Lee. OCBC teammates Mitchell Mulhern and Goh also finished safely within the peloton in 57th and 68th place, respectively, and were credited with the same time as Sheppard.
The results meant Sheppard remains in fourth place in the General Classification (GC) standings, 17 seconds behind Stage 1 winner Lucas Haedo of the Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team. Goh is the highest-ranked Singaporean at 11th place, 1:03 behind Haedo.
Phuchong Saiudomsin, who remains on the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s roster but is racing under the Thai national team’s colours this week, finished fourth in Stage 2, 25 seconds behind Lee.
The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team dropped a spot to fifth in the Team GC standings, ahead of the likes of the Denmark, Kazakhstan and Malaysian national teams and one spot below Saiudomsin’s powerhouse Thai squad.
“It’s been a marathon couple of days of racing, but the boys have held up well and continue to look strong,” said Justin Cheong, Team Manager of the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team. “We continue to have our eye not just on stage podium finishes, but on the General Classification standings.”
The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team’s lineup in Thailand also includes Singaporean Ho Jun Rong and Australian Cameron Bayly, who finished 75th and 86th, respectively, in Stage 2.
Ho ranks 54th in the GC, 18:02 behind the lead, while Bayly sits in 62nd place and Mulhern in 80th place.
The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand continues with Thursday’s Stage 3, which begins in Sukhothai, about four hours from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The stage spans 198 kilometres and ends in Lampang. Read about Stage 3 here.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand 2014 Stage 2 results from Thai Cycling Association