KUALA LUMPUR: Sapura Cycling Team principal Sayuti Zahit expects greater things from his rider, Muhsin Al Redha Misbah.
Sayuti hopes Muhsin's National Road Cycling Championships win will give him the confidence to take his game to the next level.
Muhsin, the 2019 national time trial champion, clinched a deserved win in the men's road race after pipping Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team's (TSG) Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki in a two-man sprint to the line.
It was a strong field, including the likes of TSG's Nur Aiman Zariff and Harrif Saleh.
Sayuti was clearly pleased with Muhsin's performance in Manong, Perak.
Muhsin, who cut his teeth with the now-defunct NSC-Mycron team, joined Sapura in 2017 but has often ridden in support of other riders in recent years.
"Muhsin has proven that he can match and beat the top cyclists in the country," said Sayuti today.
"I hope this win will give him the self-belief and motivation to work harder for future races.
"He certainly has the ability. I believe he has the potential to become even better.
"The same goes for Mior Muhammad Hazwan Hamzah. He only joined us this year but has already shown good potential.
"He has the right physique to become a top climber for Malaysia in the future."
Mior, 21, had won the Under-23 road race title after launching a solo attack roughly 10km from the finish. He crossed the line almost three minutes ahead of the second-placed rider.
Sapura also claimed the individual time trial title through Nur Aiman Rosli. It was the third time in a row that Aiman Rosli had won the event.
National junior track endurance rider Nyo Ci Hui, who claimed a gold and a silver at the recent Asian Championships in Delhi, proved that she is also right at home on the tarmac after winning the women's junior race in Manong.