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Tour of Indonesia - 2.2

Indonesia, September 12-21, 2005

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Stage 3 - September 14: Purwokerto - Yogyakarta, 205 km

Giant Asia stays on top

The Giant Asia Racing Team continued its domination of the Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia Wednesday, winning the third straight stage of the race and retaining control of the yellow jersey. This time it was the turn of Giant rider Iranian rider Hossein Askari to take the spotlight - he soloed into Jogjakarta for the stage win and took over the race lead from his teammate Paul Griffin.

"The team worked very hard today," said Askari. Asked about the exchange of the yellow jersey, he said "It's not about who comes first. We'll keep trying and we'll take what we can get."

Stage three was relatively long at 203 kilometres, and difficult, with an "above category" climb, the most challenging of the entire tour. The peak came in the middle of the race, meaning those who crested the climb first would have to hold on for nearly a 100 kilometres if they wanted to win the stage.

Attacking early was Indonesian hope Amin Suryana, riding for the Telkomsel squad. Amin and a small group of riders worked hard and at one point lead the main pack by over five minutes. Suryana took second place points in the hot-spot sprint at Banjarnegara, but he soon began to fade on the lower slopes of the climb. As Suryana slid back, Rhys Pollock, an Australian riding for the Greenfields Fresh Milk team, jumped ahead. Riding alone, Pollock punched it to the top of the climb, with Kazakh rider Yevgenity Yakovlev (Polygon Sweet Nice) chasing. Yakovlev caught the Aussie only a couple of hundred metres from the summit, then passed him to take the King of the Mountains points. Over the top of the climb, the Kazakh sat up and waited for Pollock, and together the two joined forces on the long descent in a bid to stay clear to the finish.

But the Giant team had other plans. On the descent, the Giant riders, now in the third group, began chewing through the splintered pack until they reached the leaders. Askari launched an attack 18 kilometres from the finish, and held on to take the win in Jogjakarta. Behind him there was a furious bunch sprint for second place, with Indonesian rider Nunung Burhanudin (Benteng Muda) edging out Robin Reid (Greenfields Fresh Milk). Ryan Ariehan (Dodol Picnic) had another excellent day, finishing in the second group to take ninth place on the stage, 24 seconds down on Askari.

Ariehan keeps the red-and-white jersey of best Indonesian rider in the Tour, a prize he says he would like to keep all the way the finish in Denpasar. "Maybe I will try and win stage" as well, he added. "I hope my team will support me."

Rhyan Tanguilig of the Philippines holds on to the green jersey as leader of the points competition. Yakovlev takes over the polka-dot King-of-the-Mountains jersey. Askari takes over the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification, from his team mate Paul Griffin, who slides to second place on GC, 43 seconds down.

The Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia will tackle the last true mountain stage of the race on Thursday, with a 135-kilometre leg from Jogjakarta to Solo. The stage features a first-category climb, followed by a see-saw descent to the finish. The Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia is a 1,433 kilometre race divided into nine stages. The race began in Bandung on 12 September and finishes in Denpasar on the island of Bali on 21 September.

Results

1 Hossein Askari (Iri) Giant Asia                           5.32.55
2 Nunung Burhanudin (Ina) Benteng Muda                         0.24
3 Robin Reid (NZl) Greenfields Fresh Milk
 
Sprints
 
Intermediate sprint 1
 
1 Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) The Jong en Laan                        5 pts
2 Amin Suryana (Ina) Telkomsel                                    3
3 Lon Sea Kong (Ina) Norland Hamburg                              2
 
Intermediate sprint 2
 
1 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Greenfields Fresh Milk                       5 pts
2 Yevgeniy Yakovlev (Kaz) Polygon Sweet Nice                      3
3 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) The Jong en Laan                        2
 
General classification after stage 3
 
1 Hossein Askari (IRI) Giant Asia                          13.45.19
2 Paul Griffin (Irl) Giant Asia                                0.43
3 Vyacheslav Dyadichkin (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice               1.05
 
Points classification
 
1 Rhyan Tanguilig (Phi) Casino Filipino Pro Cycling Team         11 pts
2 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Greenfields Fresh Milk                       6
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Yevgeniy Yakovlev (Kaz) Polygon Sweet Nice                      3
2 Maint Berkenbosch (Ned) The Jong en Laan                        2
3 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Greenfields Fresh Milk                       6
 
Indonesian rider classification
 
1 Ryan Ariehan Dodol (Ina) Picnic Cycling Team             13:45:19
2 Purwanto Bintang (Ina) Kranggan Cycling Club                 2.34
3 Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice                      8.01
 
Teams classification
 
1 Giant Asia Racing Team                                   41.12.49
2 Puraparhm                                                   11.57
3 Polygon Sweet Nice                                          13.35
4 Casino Filipino Pro                                         17.59
5 Beijing Cycling Team                                        18.42
6 Greenfields Fresh Milk                                      19.00
7 Bintang Kranggan Cycling Team                               25.45
8 Dodol Picnic Cycling Team                                   28.04
9 Benteng Muda                                                44.03
10 Vietnam National Team                                    1.06.18
11 Malaysia National Team                                   1.09.00
12 Telkomsel Team                                           1.09.42
13 Customs Cycling Team                                     1.11.00
14 The Jong en Loan                                         1.29.05
15 Le Tua Cyling Team                                       1.53.48