Sarawut captures stage 4, sets eyes on the big prize
National team cyclist Sarawut Sirironnachai won the fourth stage of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Cup Tour of Thailand on Friday.
The 122.85km fourth stage started in Chumphon and finished in Ranong and featured moutainous routes.
Thailand Continental Cycling Team rider Sarawut, Roojai.com cyclist Valentin Midey of France, and Bike Aid racer Nikodemus Holler from Germany were at the front of the peloton in the country's premier cycling event.
Sarawut, who won the third stage, crossed the finish line first in 3:30.39 hours, ahead of second-placed Midey and Holler.
Holler retained the pink jersey for the overall leader in a total time of 13:39.29 ahead of Sarawut (13:40.0).
Sarawut, who won three gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games, has two stages left to overcome Holler and win the title.
"My coaches had a very good plan for me today. I have won two stages in a row because of our teamwork. I am very pleased with my peformance so far," said Sarawut who also won the third stage.
"There are two stages left and I will try to win the pink jersey."
Saturday's fifth stage starts at 9am at the Ranong Provincial Administrative Organisation office and finishes in Surat Thani with a total distance of 219.60km.
The Tour of Thailand 2020, which began in Samut Songkhram on Tuesday, ends in Surat Thani on Sunday.
The overall winner will receive the trophy graciously donated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.