Spaniard Munoz Sprints Up in Tour de Singkarak
Solok, West Sumatra. Oscar Pujol Munoz sprinted into a dominant position in Stage 5 of the Tour de Singkarak on Friday.
The Spaniard, who rides for Azad University of Iran, claimed three jerseys at the end of the 149-kilometer stage: yellow for leading the overall standings, green for topping the sprint event points and polka dot for leading the climbing event.
Munoz finished second in the stage after pedaling for 3 hours, 46 minutes and 54 seconds from Padang Panjang to Lake Singkarak in West Sumatra for a total time of 15:39:50.
He took over the yellow jersey from Australian racer Jai Crawford of Genesys Wealth Advisers.
Uzbek rider Shirisisan Hamid of Suren Team won the stage with the same time as Munoz, while Dutchman Petrus Woestenberg of Global Cycling Team was 1:45 behind in third place.
Overnight leader Crawford finished seventh in the stage and fell to second in the standings, 1:01 behind the Spaniard.
Munoz started the race slowly and was not inside the leading group for the first five kilometers of the race. He and Hamid began to attack six kilometers before the only climb in the stage, about 74 kilometers from the start.
“I was left behind quite far by the leading group, but I caught them just before the climbs,” Munoz said. “[Then] I got [Hamid] after the climb and we raced together until the finish line. I tried to overtake him, but I couldn’t catch him when we sprinted [to the finish]. The climb really helped me.”
Dadi Suradi was the best Indonesian in the stage. The Putra Perjuangan Bandung racer finished 10th in 3:48:45, keeping the red and white jersey by leading the local racers’ standings.
Putra Perjuangan stayed on top of the teams’ classification with a total time of 47:11:25, 23 seconds ahead of the Australian National Team. Defending champion Azad moved up to third with 47:12:07.
After the stage, the racers were transported to Padang Pariaman for today’s penultimate stage. The sixth stage will cover a 143.9-kilometer coastal route from Pariaman to Painan, also in West Sumatra.
The Rp 1 billion ($107,000) road race will conclude with a circuit race in the West Sumatra capital of Padang on Sunday.