McCann solos to victory in Melaka opener

Irishman earns leader's jersey

David McCann (Giant Asia Racing Team) soloed to victory in stage one of the Melaka Governor Cup and earned the leader's jersey in the two-day event. The Irishman finished 10 seconds ahead of a nine-man chase group led in by Samuel Paul Witmitz (Le Tua Cycling Team).

"It's an honour to get the first stage win. During the last four races I've started I have won the first stage so I seem to be a bit on a roll," said McCann. "The heat was incredible today, though Thailand was as hot as it could get and I don't think it was as hot today but it's more humid and it was like it riding in a swimming pool... So hot.

McCann was part of a 16-man break which attacked early in the stage. "When you get a big group working like that it's difficult for the bunch to catch so the group went all the way to the finish, although there was a chase group later on with two of my teammates; Alex Coutts and Prajax Mahawong almost caught us. Maybe just 10km from the finish some attacks started, maybe at 5km everyone looked a little tired so I made an effort and nobody came with me so I finished on my own again."

McCann is confident that he'll successfully defend his lead on tomorrow's concluding stage. "It looks good for us [tomorrow]. We have a strong team now, although the guys are getting tired riding for me in yellow for a lot of different races. We've already done Tour of Taiwan, Tour of Thailand and Tour of Philippines which we finished a few days ago.

"Luckily it's only 125km [tomorrow] so it's short enough. Hopefully we can control the race. There's a lot of strong guys here which impress me, a lot of Malaysians are going really well for this race.

"There's 15 guys that can take me with just a few seconds, so we gotta keep everybody with us. I think we'll try to close the race down and make a bunch sprint and if that happens I should stay in yellow."

Full Results
1David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team4:01:03 
2Samuel Paul Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team0:00:10 
3Matnur (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
4Mat Amin Mohd Shahrul (Mas) ATM  
5Mohd Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
6Wan Mohamad Wan Mohd Najmee (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
7Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
8Salleh Mohd Zamri (Mas) ATM  
9Iwan Setiawan (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
10Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan0:00:19 
11Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
12Mat Senan Mohd Saufie (Mas) Terengganu0:00:22 
13Mark O'Brien (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team  
14Mohd Fauzi Mohd Fadhli Anwar (Mas) ATM0:01:20 
15A. Agung Syahbana (Ina) Customs Cycling Club0:01:37 
16Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing Team  
17Hassan Suhardi (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
18Rastra Patria Dinawan (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
19Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing Team  
20Junaidi hashim (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
21Mohd Hafiz Rozli (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team0:04:38 
22Mohd Fakhruddin b Daud (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
23Mohd Shafee Mohd Shawal (Mas) Pahang  
24Khairul Naim Azhar (Mas) Johor  
25Muhamad Rizal Muhamad (Mas) Johor  
26Nicklos Minol (Mas) Sabah  
27Vincent Ang (Sin) Cycleworx  
28Parno (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
29Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team  
30P. Heksa Prasetya (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
31Ahmad Fakhrullah Ismail (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
32Mohd Harrif Salleh (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
33Sata Mohd Halid (Bru) Brunei  
34Abdullah Mohd Shobry (Mas) Terengganu  
35Abu Bakar Mohd Khuzairi (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
36Mohamad Fauzi Mohamad Aim (Mas) Pahang  
37Kisnanto Nuggroho (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
38Mohammad Zulkfili Mohammad Rosejati (Mas) Sabah  
39Taufik Muhamad (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
40Melvin Kow (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
41Mohd Shahelmie Abd Karim (Mas) Johor  
42Hock Seng Gan (Mas) Melaka  
43Mohd Nazri Muhamad (Mas) Johor  
44Lemuel Lee Yun Jie (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
45Afiza Fauizan Mohd Shahrul (Mas) ATM  
46Yusop Reduan (Bru) Brunei  
47Iswana, Arin (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
48Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
49Zakaria Md. Rafiuddin (Bru) Brunei  
50Syed Mazlan Syed Mohd Hussaini (Mas) Terengganu  
51Marcus Leong (Sin) JFT Cycling  
52Greg Svarc (Sin) Cycleworx  
53Danny Feng (USA) Cycleworx  
54Roman Krasil'nikov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice  
55Ho Jun Rong (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
56Zainul Ariffin Md Arbe Shadatul Farrani (Bru) Brunei  
57Zulkifli Mohd Yazrul Hisham (Mas) Pahang  
58Mohd Hashim Mohd Zarif (Mas) Pahang  
59Nunung Burhanudin (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
60Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team  
61Erik Suprianto (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
62Adrian Wye Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team  
63Amiruddin Muhammad Amin (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
64Dadi Suryadi (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
65Muhamad Faiz Syariffudin Abd Kadir (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
66Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice  
67Mohd Azmi Mohmad Ali (Mas) Melaka  
68Zainal Mohd Nur Rizuan (Mas) ATM  
69Mohammad Akmal Amrun (Mas) Malaysia National Team0:05:17 
70Sarham Miswan (Mas) Melaka  
71Nick Swallow (Sin) Cycleworx0:05:21 
72Rosdi Mohd Nor Umardi (Mas) Terengganu0:08:20 
DSQEng Hou Chai (Mas) Sabah  
DSQMohammad Akmal Amrun (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
DSQMohd Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
DNFMarvin George (Mas) Sabah  
DNFRaijesh Ryner Anang (Mas) Sabah  
DNFMuhamad Firdaus Daud (Mas) Johor  
DNFWan Hasan Wan Mohamad Syafiq (Mas) Pahang  
DNFMuhammad Elmi Jumari (Mas) Melaka  
DNFAmirudin Jamaludin (Mas) Melaka  
DNFMohd Rizal Tisin (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
DNFYoujie Luke Chen (Sin) JFT Cycling  
DNFChoon Guan Lim (Sin) JFT Cycling  
DNFLow Desmond (Sin) JFT Cycling  
DNFSoh Alan (Sin) JFT Cycling  
DNFMohd Farhan Amri Zaid (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
DNFAbd Aziz Muhammad Raihaan (Bru) Brunei  
DNFAng Kee Meng (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
DNFJason Chiang (Sin) Cycleworx  
General classification after stage 1
1David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team4:00:53 
2Samuel Paul Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team0:00:14 
3Matnur (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:00:16 
4Mat Amin Mohd Shahrul (Mas) ATM0:00:20 
5Mohd Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
6Wan Mohamad Wan Mohd Najmee (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
7Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
8Salleh Mohd Zamri (Mas) ATM  
9Iwan Setiawan (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
10Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan0:00:29 
11Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
12Mat Senan Mohd Saufie (Mas) Terengganu0:00:32 
13Mark O'Brien (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team  
14Mohd Fauzi Mohd Fadhli Anwar (Mas) ATM0:01:30 
15A. Agung Syahbana (Ina) Customs Cycling Club0:01:47 
16Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing Team  
17Hassan Suhardi (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
18Rastra Patria Dinawan (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
19Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing Team  
20Junaidi hashim (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
21Mohd Hafiz Rozli (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team0:04:48 
22Mohd Fakhruddin b Daud (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
23Mohd Shafee Mohd Shawal (Mas) Pahang  
24Khairul Naim Azhar (Mas) Johor  
25Muhamad Rizal Muhamad (Mas) Johor  
26Nicklos Minol (Mas) Sabah  
27Vincent Ang (Sin) Cycleworx  
28Parno (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
29Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team  
30P. Heksa Prasetya (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
31Ahmad Fakhrullah Ismail (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
32Mohd Harrif Salleh (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
33Sata Mohd Halid (Bru) Brunei  
34Abdullah Mohd Shobry (Mas) Terengganu  
35Abu Bakar Mohd Khuzairi (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
36Mohamad Fauzi Mohamad Aim (Mas) Pahang  
37Kisnanto Nuggroho (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
38Mohammad Zulkfili Mohammad Rosejati (Mas) Sabah  
39Taufik Muhamad (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
40Melvin Kow (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
41Mohd Shahelmie Abd Karim (Mas) Johor  
42Hock Seng Gan (Mas) Melaka  
43Mohd Nazri Muhamad (Mas) Johor  
44Lemuel Lee Yun Jie (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
45Afiza Fauizan Mohd Shahrul (Mas) ATM  
46Yusop Reduan (Bru) Brunei  
47Iswana, Arin (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
48Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
49Zakaria Md. Rafiuddin (Bru) Brunei  
50Syed Mazlan Syed Mohd Hussaini (Mas) Terengganu  
51Marcus Leong (Sin) JFT Cycling  
52Greg Svarc (Sin) Cycleworx  
53Danny Feng (USA) Cycleworx  
54Roman Krasil'nikov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice  
55Ho Jun Rong (Sin) OCBC Singapore Cycling Team  
56Zainul Ariffin Md Arbe Shadatul Farrani (Bru) Brunei  
57Zulkifli Mohd Yazrul Hisham (Mas) Pahang  
58Mohd Hashim Mohd Zarif (Mas) Pahang  
59Nunung Burhanudin (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
60Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team  
61Erik Suprianto (Ina) Customs Cycling Club  
62Adrian Wye Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team  
63Amiruddin Muhammad Amin (Mas) Wilayah Persekutuan  
64Dadi Suryadi (Ina) Putra Perjuangan Cycling Team  
65Muhamad Faiz Syariffudin Abd Kadir (Mas) MSN Pelapis  
66Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice  
67Mohd Azmi Mohmad Ali (Mas) Melaka  
68Zainal Mohd Nur Rizuan (Mas) ATM  
69Mohammad Akmal Amrun (Mas) Malaysia National Team0:05:27 
70Sarham Miswan (Mas) Melaka  
71Nick Swallow (Sin) Cycleworx0:05:31 
72Rosdi Mohd Nor Umardi (Mas) Terengganu0:08:30 
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