Malaysia returns to continental ranks

By Greg Johnson

Malaysia will return to the world of continental pro-cycling next year following the unveiling of new outfit BalpaCC Cycling Team. The outfit, headed by team manager Wadisham Wahab, will be the first Malaysian team to compete at that level since the closure of the Proton Cycling Team at the end of 2005.

BCT has announced a nine-rider lineup in addition to former pro-rider Mohamad Fauzi Shafihi and Nur Nadea who will act as the team's sport directors in 2007. The outfit is currently holding discussions with two potential title sponsors and is also considering adding a further two riders to its lineup.

The team's confirmed riders are Mohd Suhaidi Awang, Rusazril Abd Hamid, Mohamad Fauzi, Fairuz Zakaria, Wadisham Wahab, Abd Raif Abd Rahim, Nur Amira, Nurain Malek and Feisal Hilmi.

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