UAE rider Yousif Mohamed Mirza (fourth right), winner of the 122.3km second stage of Tour of Al Zubarah, celebrates on the podium in Doha yesterday.
DOHA: Producing a well timed surge near the end, Emirati rider Yousif Mohamed Mirza yesterday won the 122.3km second stage at Tour of Al Zubarah and in the process managed to wear the yellow and red jerseys to wind up a spectacular day of cycling.
Riding for the UAE National Team, Mirza clocked a time of 2 hours 37 minutes and 42 seconds to finished the second stage ahead of Koos Jeroen Kers of Team Amsterdam and Martin Weiss of Austria National Team.
Krist Jan Fajt (Adria Mobil) ended yesterday’s stage - which started at Barzan Towers and finished at Al Zubarah Fort - in fourth spot.
Uzbekistan rider Vladimir Tuychiev ended the day in fifth spot.
“I am happy with this performance because it was a windy day,” Mirza said. “It is a tough event,” he added.
“The UAE team is preparing for GCC Cycling Championships so I am glad we came here to get more good practice,” Mirza said.
“We had good practice at the Tour of Sharjah. Although it was raining then but we got good practice because we had some Olympic experienced cyclists there,” Mirza said.
When asked about his future aims, Mirza said: “My first target is the Asian Games in October 2014. I want to win a medal for my country.” Qatar’s Ahmed Elbourdainy - who suffered a leg injury on day one - finished in 26th place, a notch ahead of compatriot Moosa Said.
Both Qatar National Team riders were 1min 55secs adrift of the day’s fastest rider.
Overnight rider Lars van de Vall of the Netherlands was the 22nd fast rider, finishing stage two 1min 26secs adrift of Mirza.
After two stages of the four-day Tour of Al Zubarah, Mirza, 25, has the yellow and red jerseys. Mirza’s win in the second intermediate sprint yesterday helped the UAE rider accumulate 27 points after stage two.
The white jersey is with Martin Weiss of Austria National Team.
The third stage of the four-day race will start today at Simaisma and ends at Madinat Al Shamal in the north of the country after a journey of 127.5kms.