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Jakarta Post

Australian cyclist Ewart retains Indonesia's Tour de Singkarak title

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang, West Sumatra   /   Tue, November 12, 2019   /   12:29 pm
Australian cyclist Ewart retains Indonesia's Tour de Singkarak title 2019 Tour de Singkarak champion Jesse Ewart of Australia is flanked by second place teammate Cristian Raileanu (right) and third place Mirsamad Pourseyedi (left) of Iran on the podium on Nov. 10 in Padang, West Sumatra. (2019 Tour de Singkarak/Media Relation Team)

Australian cyclist Jesse Ewart won the 2019 edition of the Tour de Singkarak on Sunday, his second consecutive victory in one of Indonesia’s prestigious tours.

Ewart of Malaysia’s Sapura Cycling Team held the yellow jersey (overall leader in individual classification) from the first stage of nine, which covered 1,362 kilometers in 16 cities and regencies around West Sumatra and Jambi provinces.

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In Sunday’s finish in Padang, West Sumatra, the 25-year-old completed the race with a time of 34 hours, 34 minutes and 2 seconds. Ewart’s teammate Cristian Raileanu (34:35:45) came second, while Golakhour Mirsamad Pourseyedi (34:37:59) of Iran’s Omidnia Marshhad Team secured third place.

Ewart stood out among 108 cyclists in the 2019 tour as he also won the green jersey for the best sprinter, while Philippines’ Grospe Ismael Jr. of Go for Gold Philippines won the best climber.

Host cyclist Agung Sahbana of KFC kept the red-and-white jersey as the fastest in the Indonesian classification from the beginning of the tour until the end.

The 2019 edition, which has been given a 2.2 rating by international cycling body UCI, offered a total of Rp 2.3 billion (US$163,696) in prize money.