Briton Daniel Whiteside won the second stage of the Tour de Flores on Friday (20/05) to take the overall lead from New Zealander Jason Christie after conquering the steep and winding ascents encountered during the 141.3 kilometer race to Ende, East Nusa Tenggara. (SP Photo/Joanito de Saojoao)
Whitehouse Dominates 2nd Stage of Tour de Flores
BY :DION BISARA
MAY 20, 2016
[Updated at 3:22 a.m on Monday, May 23, 2016 to correct Daniel Whitehouse's nationality]
Ende, Flores. Briton Daniel Whitehouse won the second stage of the Tour de Flores on Friday (20/05) to take the overall lead from New Zealander Jason Christie after conquering the steep and winding ascents encountered during the 141.3 kilometer race to Ende, East Nusa Tenggara.
The Terengganu cycling team rider swept through the mountain stages to impose a significant lead ahead of Benjamin Prades of Team Ukyo and Ricardo Gracia of the Kinan team.
Robin Manullang of the Indonesian national team finished in ninth position but that was enough to place him in second place overall race, only 10 seconds behind the leaders.
Other Indonesian riders among the top 10 in the general qualification are Aiman Cahyadi from the Pegasus Continental cycling team in third place and Dadi Suryadi from the Terengganu team in 10th place. Only 95 riders started on the race on Friday, with three dropping out due to injury.
Whitehouse accumulated a two-minute lead after the first two mountain stages. Several riders tried to catch up with him during the following sprint, but the gap widened to five minutes.
Whitehouse maintained his lead, grabbing the second and third summits on a sinuous road 50 kilometer into the stage. Several riders, including Nugroho Kisnanto from Indonesia's SAKB, chasing from close behind launched attacks after a sprint to the leader but the gap kept widening.
After the fourth King of the Mountain, which was also won by Whitehouse, 11 riders got away to form a chasing group. Among them were Marcello Felipe of 7-Eleven Sapa BRP, Jesse Featonby of the Swiss Wellness team and Robin Manullang. However, Whitehouse remained unchallenged until the finish.
"I thought the others were catching up with me after the first sprint. I did not plan to be alone for most of the race," Whitehouse said at the finish line.
"Today's track was really great, especially the Kings of the Mountains were very challenging."
The cyclists will race in stage three, a 123.3-kilometer climb from Ende to Bajawa, the capital of Ngada district, on Saturday.