African riders Meron Russom and Jacques Janse van Rensburg are just outside the top 20 places after Sunday’s third stage of the Tour of Langkawi in Malaysia, writes Mark Etheridge.
The Eritrean and South African riders, part of South African outfit MTN-Qhubeka, are 22nd and 23rd respectively on the GC (General Classification) after the third stage between Melaka and Parit Sulong, a 187.6 kilometre ride.
They’re both 2min 23sec behind overall leader David Zabriskie of American for the Garmin-Barracuda team.
Best of the Africans in Sunday’s stage was Eritrean Jani Tewelde in 12th spot as Italy’s Andrea Guardini of the Farnese Vini team won his second stage of the tour.
The Johannesburg based team is made up of three Eritrean riders, two South Africans and a Rwandan.
The African team are currently lying eighth of 22 contestants in the team classification, 4min 20sec behind Garmin Barracuda. Monday’s fourth stage is a 169.4km ride from Batu Pahat to Muar.