Cycling: OCBC's Thomas Rabou retains sprints lead at Le Tour de Langkawi

OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team captain Thomas Rabou has retained the blue jersey as he continues to lead the sprints at Le Tour de Langkawi in Pontian, Malaysia.

The 30-year-old Dutchman claimed a runner-up and third-place finish in the second and third sprints to defend his lead at the top of the Sprints Classification standings on Tuesday.

OCBC's Singaporean cyclist Ho Jun Rong also enjoyed a good outing when he posted a team-best 20th-place finish at Stage 6 of the Tour.

It is the second time Ho posted a top-20 finish, after his 20th-place finish in the first stage of the tour last Thursday.

OCBC's other finishers on Tuesday are Australians Eric Sheppard (69th) and Cameron Bayly (116th), Singaporean Goh Choon Huat (77th), New Zealander Rico Rogers (108th) and Rabou (118th), giving the team 11th place in the 21-team Team General Classification table.

Although Rabou did not enjoy the best of days in the Stage, his excellent results in the sprints have earned him praise.

Justin Cheong, team manager of the OCBC Singapore Pro Cyling Team, said: "One of our biggest strengths is how balanced and well-rounded our line-up is. It seems like different riders are stepping up for us every single day.

"Thomas did especially well to retain his lead in the Sprints Classification. Racing in the breakaway for almost the entire duration of Stage 5 took a lot out of him but knowing Thomas, he will persevere to try to hang on to the blue jersey."

The Tour will continue on Wednesday with Stage 7 - The longest of the race at a punishing 230.1km starting from Kota Tinggi and ending in the town of Pekan, near Kuantan, Pahang.

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