KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu Polygon Cycling Team (TSG) ace rider Jambaljamts Sainbayar is determined to retain his white jersey (best Asian rider) and hunt for his first yellow jersey (overall leader) at the upcoming Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from Sept 23-30.

The Mongolian-born rider said TSG which features Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff, Harrif Salleh, Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Mazuki, Jeroen Meijers and Youcef Reguigui were ready enough to help him make a blast thus completing both tasks.

In the 2022 LTdL edition, Sainbayar secured the white jersey involving eight stages of the 1,105.1km race.

“Last year, my teammates helped me a lot. So this year we’re going to ride for white jersey as well as the yellow jersey,” he said.

“We have a strong team so going to do our best there,” he said after the Terengganu state government was announced as one of the main sponsors involving RM800,000 for the LTdL at the National Sports Council (NSC) Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Included in the sponsorship are related services provided to the event and the white jersey itself.

The Tour will feature 132 riders from 22 teams (WorldTeam, ProTeam, Continental team status) as well as the national team.

The race will cut across 11 states, with Stage 1 from Kerteh to Kuala Terengganu (184.4km); Stage 2 Kuala Terengganu-Kota Bharu (186.2km); Stage 3 Jeli-Baling (177.1km); Stage 4 Bukit Mertajam-Meru Raya (140km); Stage 5 Slim River-Genting Highlands (133.3km); Stage 6 Karak-Melaka (176.6km); Stage 7 Muar-Seremban 2 (125.7km) and Stage 8 Setia Alam-Kuala Lumpur (157km).

– The Star