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Hills, hills, hills in second stage of 2019 Tour de Indonesia

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Batu, East Java   /   Tue, August 20, 2019   /   11:11 pm
Hills, hills, hills in second stage of 2019 Tour de Indonesia The Netherlands’ Jeroen Meijers celebrates his victory at the finish line of the second stage of the 2019 Tour de Indonesia in Batu, Malang, East Java on Tuesday. (JP/Ramadani Saputra)

The hills were alive in the second stage of the 2019 Tour de Indonesia as riders had to climb from the 107th kilometer to the finish line in Batu, Malang, East Java.

The Netherlands' Jeroen Meijers of Taiyuan Mioyogee Cycling Team eventually became the 157.7-kilometer second stage winner, clocking in at 3:51:12 despite climbing from Kediri until the finish line.

Meijers said the key to his win on Tuesday was being able to tackle the climb, which he considered not too challenging.

"[Today] was a little bit more controlled. Yesterday was only more about attack. With the course wind, it was more relaxed. It was a little bit more like Europe," he said.

Ryan Roth of Canada, who represents the XSpeed United Continental, deserved to wear the green jersey for the third stage as he stands in top position in the general classification, with a total time of 7:48:14 after two stages. Roth, who finished second in Monday's opening stage, secured sixth place in the second stage.

Aiman Cahyadi of the PGN Cycling team became Indonesia's best rider after securing 10th place, trailing Meijers by 2 minutes 37 seconds in the second stage.

The result was quite good for Aiman as he got a flat tire at the 60th km.