TSG up against Vingegaard, Froome in Singapore

TERENGGANU Polygon Cycling Team (TSG) will line up alongside some big names in the inaugural Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium tomorrow.

TSG coordinator Sharonjane Liau said the East Coast continental side will be fielding Harrif Saleh and his elder brother Zamri, Singaporean Goh Choon Huat, as well as up-and-coming sprinter Wan Abdul Rahman Hamdan.

The race will see the riders doing 20 laps of a relatively flat 3.2km circuit, which is almost certain to suit the sprinters.

"We are very grateful to have been invited to compete in Singapore alongside some of the best riders in the world," said Sharonjane.

"This course would be great for Harrif, but he is not feeling in top form at the moment. It could be an opportunity for Wan to do well."

The Singapore Criterium will feature current Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard of Jumbo-Visma, as well as former yellow jersey winners Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan) and former world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

The list of sprinters is equally impressive, as leading the charge is 34-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Michael Matthews (Bike Exchange) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal).

TSG, who arrived in Singapore yesterday, enjoyed a strong outing at Le Tour de Langkawi earlier this month where they claimed the red jersey through Nur Aiman Zariff and white jersey through Jambaljamts Sainbayar.

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