Filipino Oconer wins overall title

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By 2017-04-12

By Karuppiah Ramakrishnan

CT Sports: Philippines rider George Luis Oconer displayed his brilliant form on Sunday to rule the first ever Sri Lanka T-Cup International Cycle Race and emerge the overall champion.

In dominating the multi-stage tournament, the 25-year-old Oconer, representing 'Go For Gold' Philippines, clocked eight hours 17 minutes and 13 seconds — five seconds ahead of CCN rider Samuel Volkers of Australia.

Indonesian Hai Fitrianto, also of CCN, finished third while Oconer's teammate Ryab Cayubit was fourth.

Oconer, who wrested the yellow jersey on Saturday after winning the second stage, expressed to media that winning the Sri Lanka cycling tournament has inspired him more, as he looks forward to achieving his main goal of winning in the SEA Games in Malaysia this August.

10 countries including Kenya, Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Nepal, Pakistan and the Netherlands participated in the event. Some of the participants are veterans of UCI 2.2 races.

From Sri Lanka, the Philippine team comprising Oconer, Cayubit, Ronnel Hualda, Elmer Navarro and Jerry Aquino Jr. will proceed to Indonesia for the Jakarta Criterium.

The best Sri Lanka rider in the stage category was secured by Jeevan Jayasinghe from Sri Lanka Air Force with a timing of 2:58:09, which helped Air Force to win the best Sri Lanka team as well.

Lanka Sportreizen being a leader in organizing Water & Nature based Sports Activities with the objective of boosting the image of Sri Lanka as a destination for Recreational Activities, has an unblemished record over the past three decades for organizing and conducting different events. Going down memory lane, some of the events they have sponsored include the LSR Colombo Marathon, 'Rumble in the Jungle' – Mountain Biking Challenge,

"Vittel Amazon" Adventure Challenge, "SriLankan Pro Surf – WQS" – International Surfing Event etc.

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