The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand
1 – 6 April 2014
THE OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team sustained its momentum at The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand, as Mitchell Mulhern (13th), Eric Sheppard (37th), Goh Choon Huat (40th) and Ho Jun Rong (56th) all finished within the peloton in Saturday’s Stage 5 and kept pace with the General Classification leaders.
Sebastian Mora Vedri of the Matrix Powertag Team won the stage in a time of 2:55:32, while the OCBC’s leading quartet finished 22 seconds behind Vedri.
Sheppard managed to hold on to fifth place in the General Classification (GC) standings and lurks 22 seconds behind Team Hong Kong-China’s Cheung King Lok in the chase for the yellow jersey.
Eric Sheppard and Goh Choon Huat helped the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team cap off a successful campaign at The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand, each sealing a career-best General Classification finish after Sunday’s Stage 6 in Chiang Rai.
Sheppard, a 22-year-old Australian, finished fifth in the General Classification standings, 24 seconds behind yellow jersey winner Yasuharu Nakajima of Japan’s Aisan Racing Team. The 23-year-old Goh was the highest Singaporean finisher in the GC standings at 12th, surpassing his 15th-place finish at last year’s Tour de East Java that had stood as his previous best on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Asia Tour.
The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team next returns to action at Le Tour de Filipinas, a four-stage race which runs from 21-24 April. The team’s Dutch captain Thomas Rabou is the defending King of the Mountains (KOM) champion at Le Tour de Filipinas.
OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team rider Eric Sheppard (middle) in Stage 2 of Tour of Japan on 21 May 2013, at Mino Japan.
OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team rider Eric Sheppard competes in Stage 3 of the Tour de Korea 2013 on 11 June 2013 in Yeongju, Korea.
Photo credit: OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team