The Malaysian registered Continental team of Team Sapura Cycling had a breakout year in 2019, with four yellow jersey wins at Tours, and 26 individual wins across the season.
Fresh from securing a wonderfully aggressive Bronze medal at the Australian National Championship Road Race in Buninyong, New South Welshman Marcus Culey will be keen to put on a show for the Aussie crowds. 2019 saw the 26-year-old grab the overall win at the Philippines Tour de Selangor, he also took out the race’s KOM jersey showing himself to be a solid climber.
With top ten finishes in 2019 at the Tour de Kumano, Tour of Quanzhou Bay and Tour of Taiyuan, he’s no stranger to getting right into the thick of the race and mixing things up.
When asked about his form coming into our Tour he said, “It’s exciting to finally come to a home race with some decent form and prospects for some results rather than still being in pre-season mode.”
He added, “Personally I will be targeting some individual stage results and maybe look to the GC if all is going well, it’s obviously still very early in the season. A lot of the team did not finish up their seasons until November so it may be a bit of an unknown for some of the boys in regards to form but all going well I’m confident we can have an impact on the race”
When asked about the makeup of the team Culey said, “We have great depth in the team for 2020, unfortunately the Sun Tour clashes with Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, which is a big goal race for the team.
“We all have some solid results on the Asian circuit so should have a solid contingent for the climbing stages.”
2020 Jayco Herald Sun Tour Rider list:
Marcus Culey – Australian Road National Championship Bronze medallist in Road Race – Culey is a strong rider and always loves to race in Australia. After some promising results on the Asian circuit, including the yellow jersey at the Tour de Selangor, we’d expect a podium on one of the stages.
Jesse Ewart – The Novocastrian took out back to back yellow jerseys at the 2018 & 2019 Tour de Singkarak. The 9-stage race is one of the toughest on the Asian circuit, and we’d expect Ewart to work with fellow Aussie Culey for a GC position.
Cristian Raileanu – The two-time Moldovan national champion who won six UCI races in 2019, he can climb well and has a bit of a punch at the finish. Raileanu spent a number of successful years racing in Italy as an U23 rider winning a few races there, so it will be interesting to see how he goes in the Aussie heat given it is currently well below freezing in his hometown.
Muhammad Zawawi Bin Azman – Zawawi is one of the more experienced Malaysian riders in the Sapura Team having managed to win a few stages and the GC at 2.2 races in Asia and finishing 35th overall in our Tour last year.
Akmal Hakim Bin Zakaria – Akmal has a fast finish on him from a small group. In 2019 he achieved a string of podiums across the year at 2.1 & 2.2 level races.
Muhsin Al Redha Bin Misbah – Muhsin is the current U23 national TT champion and took our fourth at the 2019 Asian Cycling Championships U23 road race.
Muhammad Shaiful Adlan Shukri – The 21-year-old Malaysian rider took out the white youth classification jersey at the Tour de Iskandar Johor. He’s been a consistent starter across the 2019 season and will do well in the hot and dry race conditions.