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2013 Smart Cambodia MTB Series leader Ngul Lech competes on his way to victory in the fourth stage held in Kampong Speu
2013 Smart Cambodia MTB Series leader Ngul Lech competes on his way to victory in the fourth stage held in Kampong Speu. BOBBY VICERAL

Ngul Lech stays in front after winning fourth stage

Ngul Lech pushed further ahead in the standings of the 2013 Smart Cambodia Mountain Bike Series on Sunday with a composed victory in the A1 Elite Class in Kampong Speu.

The 22-year-old Flying Bikes team rider completed six laps of the 2.5km course in a time of 57 minutes 56 seconds, nearly 1.2 minutes faster than his team-mate Seang Makara.

Yoeun Phyuth, 18, who started off the day a point off series leader Ngul Lech, came home in third to remain in second place overall.

The Kampong Speu teenager will need to make up a difference of six points in the final race at Phnom Baset on November 3 to win the title.

Frenchman Pierre-Yves Catry, who is also the organiser of the event and owner of Flying Bikes, finished fourth on Sunday and now lies third in the table, 15 points off Ngul Lech.

In the A2 Elite class for over 30-year-olds, Flying Bikes member Srey Ya took top honours over five laps in 56.01 minutes. He stands comfortably clear of the chasing pack going in the final round, with Sunday’s runner-up Meas Samnang having missed the series opener on Silk Island.

Arnaud Demarti came third to strengthen his second spot overall.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Mol Sim Lim of Mekong Cycling Team maintained his stranglehold of the B Intermediate Class with victory in its three-lap race. Simon Gadient snatched second and Lim’s team-mate Reoun Vireak was third.
The C1 Novices division for riders of 14-18 years old saw Mekong Cycling Team’s Aem Pok secure his third stage win out of four.

Prum Bandiddh stormed to first place in the C2 Novices event for riders aged 19-39, while Ervin Rellin of the Campinoy team gave a masterclass in the C3 Novices race for over-40s.

Jolanda Zwetsloot also tripled up on race wins in the women’s section, as 12-year-old Doeung Vichet triumphed in the kids class.



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