ZAGORODNIY WINS FINAL STAGE, TORCKLER SECURES OVERALL VICTORY Press Release | 1 May 2012
KOTA KINABALU - UKRAINE'S Volodymyr Zagorodniy won the final stage of the Tour of Borneo after succeeding with a breakaway that began early in the stage that descended from Kundasang into Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.
The Suren Uzbekistan Team rider registered his team's first win in the UCI Asia Tour this season after he beat Team Plan B's Luke Joyce and Genesys Wealth Advisers' Blake Hose to the finish line as the trio split from an initial breakaway group of 11 riders.
The breakaway group included Genesys Wealth Advisers' Jonathan Lovelock and they managed to open up a gap of more than five minutes on the main peloton as they entered Kota Kinabalu, which would have put Lovelock into the overall lead.
But Michael Torckler's Pure Black Racing Team realised the gap had widened just in time to put in an extra effort to cut the gap and keep the New Zealander in the overall lead to register his second ever personal overall victory. MORE >>
EARLE BAGS HIS SECOND WIN AND TORCKLER VIRTUALLY SEALS OVERALL VICTORY Press Release | 30 April 2012
KUNDASANG - NATHAN Earle of the Genesys Wealth Advisers team bagged victory in the Tour of Borneo's longest stage from Sepilok to Kundasang today.
It was Earle's second stage win in the inaugural edition of the Tour of Borneo after he won the second stage from Tawau to Lahad Datu on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to shed time and wrest the yellow jersey from a highly impressive Michael Torckler of the Pure Black Racing Team.
Earle crossed the finish line with overall leader Torckler right behind him as the duo jostled for the victory after breaking free from a group of 13 breakaway riders that started the final climb of the grueling 214.8km stage together.
From the start of the stage seven riders had escaped the bunch and as the group of 13 riders which included Torckler and Earle started the final 15 kilometres they caught the first of two remnants of that group, 7-Eleven by Road Bike Philippines' Mark John Lexer Galedo, and then Genesys Wealth Advisers' Jonathan Lovelock with 14 kilometres to go. MORE >>
GIACOPPO LANDS GENESYS WEALTH ADVISERS' SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY Press Release | 29 April 2012
SANDAKAN - ANTHONY Giacoppo won Stage Three of the Tour of Borneo from Lahad Datu to Sandakan today to register the Genesys Wealth Advisers team's second consecutive win.
Giacoppo, who had already won two stages in the Tour of Taiwan last month, beat Terengganu Cycling Team's Harrif Salleh in the bunch sprint, while Suren Uzbekistan Team's Azamat Turaev, the mountains classification leader, finished third.
New Zealand's Michael Torckler, the winner of Stage One, held on to the yellow jersey as the overall leader of the race and the Orange jersey as the points classification leader with two stages to go.
Stage Three covered a 181.8km route from Lahad Datu to Sandakan and right from the start there was a four-man breakaway comprising Kazakhstan's Nikolay Zaitsev, CCN Cycling Team's Fito Bakdo Prilanji, 7-Eleven by Road Bike Philippines' Mark John Lexer Galedo and Team Plan B's Luke Joyce. MORE >>
EARLE BAGS DESERVED VICTORY IN STAGE TWO Press Release | 28 April 2012
LAHAD DATU - Australia's Genesys Wealth Advisers' Nathan Earle bagged the victory in Stage Two of the Tour of Borneo from Tawau to Lahad Datu today, beating the rest of a breakaway group of 19 riders in the final sprint.
It was Genesys Wealth Advisers' third UCI Asia Tour victory of the season, having registered two stage wins in the Tour of Taiwan.
Earle, 24, beat a surprising Shahrul Afiza Fauzan of the Malaysian Armed Forces to the finish line at the end of the 146.6km stage, while overall leader Michael Torckler of New Zealand's Pure Black Racing Team kept his lead by finishing third in the stage.
Uzbekistan Suren Team's Azamat Turaev became the Tour of Borneo's first king of the mountains classification leader after he swept both categorised climbs of the day and was part of the group of 19 riders that went away before the second king of the mountains point in Danum Valley, about 20km from the finish. MORE >>
MAGNIFICENT 1-2-3 FINISH BY PURE BLACK RACING OPENS TOUR OF BORNEO 2012 Press Release | 27 April 2012
TAWAU - New Zealand's Pure Black Racing Team dominated proceedings in the first ever stage of the Tour of Borneo with Michael Torckler, Louis Crosby and Roman Van Uden taking the top three spots at the end of the 102.8km stage from Semporna to Tawau on the East Coast of Sabah in East Malaysia.
Torckler, 25, attacked right from the start of the race at kilometre zero and was accompanied by Vadim Shaekov of the Suren Uzbekistan team. They went all the way until 20 kilometres to go, when Torckler attacked at the foot of a climb after bagging the second intermediate sprint of the day with the main bunch closing in swiftly.
The main bunch had caught up to Torckler in the final two kilometres but to his delight it was his teammates that were leading the way. MORE >>
TOUR OF BORNEO PROMISES UNPREDICTABLE CHALLENGE Press Release | 26 April 2012
SEMPORNA - THERE is no clear picture as to who the possible winner of the inaugural Tour of Borneo will be when 19 teams are flagged off for Stage One from Semporna to Tawau in Sabah tomorrow.
There may be favourites among the sprinters with the Terengganu Cycling Team hoping to bring some cheer to the local fans with sprinter Harrif Salleh set to light up the bunch sprints. He will face a stiff challenge from Genesys Wealth Advisers' Australian rider Anthony Giacoppo, the winner of two stages in the Tour of Taiwan last month.
There will also be an expected challenge should the stages be decided in bunch sprints from OCBC Singapore's Ahmad Haidar Anuawar, who is eager to recapture his form after taking a year off from cycling to focus on his family matters. MORE >>
TOUR of BORNEO 2012
OFFICIAL THEME SONG
A New Challenge Begins in the Land Below the Wind Tour of Borneo 2012, will be the first ever international cycling event to be held in Sabah. From the world's largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountain in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island, unique culture and tradition, diverse flora and fauna, Sabah can be an attractive host for Tour of Borneo 2012 cycling event.
"Menyahut Cabaran Destinasi"
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