Flagged off from the charming town of Payakumbuh as starting point, the 2nd Stage of Tour de Singkarak 2013 took competing cyclists on a 124.5Km race to the enchanting Lake Singkarak in West Sumatra.
Clocking a total time of 3 hours and 1.05 minutes, Australian Jacob Kauffmann became the first to cross the finish line followed by team mate Karl Evans. Nur Amirul Fakhrudin of Trengganu Cycling Team took 3rd place with a total time of 3 hours and 1.52 minutes.
Although winning the second stage, Jacob Kauffmann did not manage to take the Yellow Jersey (symbol of competition leader) which is still won by Hossein Askhari from theTabriz Team of Iran who was in 41st position in this Stage. Ashkari still topped the leadersboard in the Individual General Classification with a total time of 5 hours, 28 minutes and 55 seconds. 7 seconds behind him, and sitting in 2nd position is Oscar Pujol Munoz followed by Alireza Asgharzadeh (also from Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team) in 3rd place.
From Indonesia’s own athletes, Fatahilah Abdulah managed to cross the finish line in 7th position with the total time of 3 hours 1 minute and 53 second.
In the team classification, Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team still leads the standings with the total time of 16:29:37 followed by Polygon Sweet Nice in second position with total time of 16:31:46, and Budget Forklifts in the 3rd place with total time of 16:31:48.
Since the checkered flag was raised in front of the BNI office in Payakumbuh, cyclists were given a long sprint track until they reached the difficult kelok 9 (the nine hairpin curves) track at the Limapuluh Kota Regency. Here, racers are presented with a steep climb over 9 curving turns. Competition was fierce, while those with ascending track specialization quickly rose to the top.
The majestic Lake Singkarak – from which the competition received its name - is an enormous Crater Lake set within a dramatic volcanic landscape. Spread over two districts, namely Solok and Tanah Datar, theLake measures a massive 1,000 hectares. It is the widest lake in Sumatra and the second largest on the island after Lake Toba. A world of serene calm and breathtaking vistas awaits. Here you can embrace the remote natural beauty for which Indonesia is so famous.
The Third Stage to take place today, Tuesday, 4 June , is the longest track in this year’s competition, covering 208 kilometers starting at Padang Panjang with finish line at the Istana Basa (Grand Palace) Pagaruyung at Batu Sangkar.
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