AFTER chasing another victory, Saufi Mat Senan had to settle for eighth spot in the 160-kilometre Polygon tour of Jakarta in Indonesia yesterday.
The Terengganu Cycling Team rider, who already has two stage wins to his credit this season, was part of a 10-man breakaway that started early in the UCI 1.2 status race.
Though the 10-man escape group remained together as they entered the final 9.8km lap of the 15-lap race, Saufi lost out in the final sectors of the race as he succumbed to fatigue.
That allowed Filipino Cris Joven of the American Vinyl team to contest the final sprint with Polygon-Sweet Nice's Hari Fitrianto after the duo attacked in the final kilometre.
Joven outsprinted Hari for victory, with Indonesia's Rastra Patria taking third.
"Saufi has done well. He worked really hard, maybe too hard early on as the breakaway formed. So, he paid the price in the final stages of the race," said Terengganu Cycling Team coach Sebastien Duclos.
The team head home from Indonesia, having already made an impact on the Tour of Singkarak last week where Zamri Salleh won the final stage and finished third in the points classification.