Surprise podium finisher Daniel hungry for more at ToP
Last Update: 15/10/2019
KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 15 -- Up and rising national rider, Muhammad Daniel Haikkal Edy Suhaidee wants his first stage success in the maiden Tour of Peninsular Malaysia (ToP) to fire his cycling career to a higher level.
The 21-year-old cyclist who is representing the national squad, was the dark horse in today's race by claiming the third place in the first stage from UiTM to Dataran Shahbandar here over 180.6 km in three hours, 57 minutes and 26 seconds.
The race was won by Azerbaijan national squad rider, Elchin Asadov who took the yellow jersey as the general classification winner while Team Sapura Cycling rider, Cristian Raileanu of Moldova clinched the second place with the same time.
After a confusion, the organisers announced Muhammad Daniel as the white jersey winner as the best Asian rider after Elchin was declared as a cyclist from Europe.
The Muar-born rider who went into the race as an underdog to challenge professional riders is determined claim one of the jerseys and a podium slot.
“This is my biggest win since competing in road racing in 2017. The race was not easy as all riders were tired racing against coastal crosswinds.
“In the last 25 km, I saw a group making a breakaway so I followed them until the last 15 km when the group comprised only four riders,” he told reporters after the prize presentation ceremony.
Since joining the National Sports Council programme six years ago, track cycling was Muhammad Daniel’s was focus until 2017, in which he won a silver medal in the junior category point race at the 2016 Asian Cycling Championship in Japan.