He may have come up short in his quest to win the yellow jersey, but Goh Choon Huat has moved on and is now gunning for gold.
Goh became the first Singaporean to wear the jersey at Le Tour de Filipinas last week, but he failed in his bid to win the event in the final stage on Thursday when he went from first to 11th overall.
The rising star of the OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team was bidding to become the first rider from the Republic to win a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Asian Tour race, and admits the disaster in the final stage was hard to take.
Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, Goh said: "I still find it hard to believe sometimes that I got to wear the yellow jersey. And losing it was a terrible feeling, but I've let it go and I am focusing on future tours, qualifying for next year's SEA Games and winning a
Singapore will host the 28th South-east Asia (SEA) Games from June 5 to 16 next year.
Goh participated in the cycling event at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar last December, finishing 24th out of 40 racers in the men's 163km road race when he clocked 4hrs 44min and 48sec.
For previous editions of the SEA Games, the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) had set a qualifying benchmark of top five in an elite road race championship.
Said OCBC team principal Daniel Loy: "Generally to qualify, he has to be among the top five among cyclists in South-east Asia, and looking at his times from Le Tour de Filipinas and the Langkawi race, he should be a shoe-in.
"I'm confident he has what it takes. He's worked so hard for it and he really deserves it.