While New Zealand cyclist Nathan Dahlberg and his Greenfield's Fresh Milk Team turned in the overall best time to win the 9-stage Tour d'Indonesia, local fans were thrilled to see the Indonesian team sweep all the top spots in the dramatic final 135 kilometer leg from Gilimanuk to Denpasar (Bali) on Wednesday, October 6, 2004.
Three Indonesian riders – Rochmat Nugraha, Abdullah Fatahillah, and Heksa P. Prasetya swept the top three pole positions on the final day, crossing the finish line side-by-side in Bali's capital city, covering the 135 kilometers from Gilamanuk to Denpasar in 3 hours and 26 minutes.
The ten-day race, in 9 stages covering the distance from Jakarta to Bali, saw New Zealander Nathan Dahlberg turn in the overall best time of 36:29:21 followed by Indonesian rider Amin Suryana finishing just 2 minutes behind at 36:31:32. Third place was claimed by Hong Kong cyclist, Wong Ngai Ching (36:36:12).
84 riders started the race in Jakarta on September 27 with 24 failing to finish due to disqualifications and injuries.
Bali's former Vice-Governor and Chairman of the National Sports Committee (KONI), welcomed the cyclist to Bali saying he hope the Tour d'Indonesia might become a regular fixture on the national sports calendar and called on local enthusiasts to start developing Balinese athletes to become international caliber cycling champions.
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