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Ito wins fourth stage of Tour d'Indonesia

  • Suherdjoko

    Semarang

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 27 2008   /  11:03 am

Masakazu Ito of the Japan National team clocked 5 hours, 30 minutes and 34 seconds to win the fourth and longest stage -- 221 kilometers -- in the Speedy Tour d'Indonesia, which was marred by a series of accidents Wednesday. Indonesia's cyclist Samai of the Dodol Picnic Garut team and Malaysia's Mohd. Nor Rizuan Zainal trailed in the second and third positions, respectively, only four seconds back from the stage leader. However, the yellow jersey stayed tightly in the grip of third-stage winner Hossain Jahanbanian from the Tabriz Petrochemical team of Iran, who sits atop the overall standings with a 22-second lead over both Ito and Iranian compatriot Amir Zargari. Jahanbanian became the first rider in the contest to win back-to-back yellow jerseys following his superb showing in the Cirebon-Purwokerto stage Tuesday. Jahanbanian snatched the jersey from second-stag...