The Jakarta Post
Jesse Ewart of Australia had a rough day keeping the yellow jersey as the overall leader and the green jersey as the best sprinter in the fifth stage of the 2019 Tour de Singkarak on Wednesday.
The fifth stage was the toughest in the West Sumatra-Jambi cycling race, featuring the famous Kelok 44 (44 turns) route that winds, ascends and descends at Lake Maninjau. The stage was 206.5 kilometers in distance, from Payakumbuh to Embun Pagi in Agam regency.
In the stage, Ewart, champion of 2018 tour, finished ninth after clocking in at 5 hours, 34 minutes and 33 seconds. The 25-year-old of Team Sapura Cycling Malaysia had a 39-second in time gap with stage winner Jonel Carcueva of Go for Gold Philippines.
Nevertheless, collecting a total of 19:13:25 since day one has made Ewart the fastest cyclist to date and the best sprinter with 48 points among other riders in the tour.
Ewart admitted that the fifth stage had been the toughest so far, but his focus had been on keeping the yellow and green jerseys.
The sixth stage was held on Thursday, stretching 214.1 km from Dermaga Singkarak Dock in Solok regency to Padang Aro in South Solok.
The 2019 edition features nine stages with a total distance of 1,362 km around West Sumatra and Jambi. The tour ends on Sunday in Padang.