SINGAPORE - So near, but yet so far.
After holding on to the Yellow Jersey for two stages, OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team's Goh Choon Huat could not seal the deal and was denied the biggest win of his career.
Goh, 23, started Stage 4 of Le Tour de Filipinas in pole position of the General Classification (GC) standings, but dropped to 11th after finishing 16th in yesterday's final stage - a 132.7km race which started in Bayombong and ended in Baguio City.
"Sometimes, you can only do your best. If it's yours, it's yours - that's as simple as I can put it," Goh said in a phone interview with The New Paper.
"I wasn't the fastest, and it's definitely a disappointment, but I'll take it as a lesson to be learned.
"I believe in myself more after going through this experience"
Alex Destribois-Coudroy of Bruneian outfit CCN Cycling Team won the stage in 4:32:42, followed by Mark Galedo of local cycling team Team 7-Eleven Roadbike Philippines.
With the result, Galedo leapfrogged from third to top spot and captured the Yellow Jersey.
Goh initially seized the Yellow Jersey after coming in 13th in Stage 2 on Tuesday, catapulting him to pole position from sixth place in the GC standings.
He said that his inexperience had cost him the win.
"I was racing against riders who are much more experienced and are much better climbers than me," said Goh.