Wong Kam-po will attempt to make up for lost time today when riding on his favourite mountain terrains after finishing a lowly 86th in the opening stage of the Tour of Langkawi yesterday. The Asian Games road race champion, who took many by surprise last year when he won a stage, finished midfield in a highly competitive field of 172 cyclists in the 182-kilometre stage from Alor Setar to Sungai Petani. Winner of the best Asian rider award (blue jersey) last year, Wong was only placed 11th in the Asian rankings yesterday and saw Japanese Makoto Iijima seize the category lead. Wong explained: 'I expected it as I haven't been in very good form recently. The surface was very flat and I'm not a particularly strong sprinter. 'I'll see if I have the chance to break away tomorrow as there are a lot of hilly sections involved. Hopefully, I can make amends and make up time,' added Wong, who is riding for Telekom Malaysia, an invitational team. Iijima, who lost his blue jersey to Wong after the fourth stage last year, vowed to keep it till the end this time around. 'I'm not worried about that [Iijima's taking the blue jersey], it's only the start of the Tour. My team is more balanced this year and includes two other Asian Games medallists. I hope to help them win the Asian team title as well,' Wong, 27, said. Defending overall champions Mercury got off to a flying start with a one-two finish yesterday. Mercury's Gordon Fraser broke away from the leading quartet and sprinted to the finish line in a time of four hours, 49 minutes and 49 seconds. But it was teammate Jan Koerts, who came second and recorded the same official time, who took the leader's yellow jersey after winning two bonus stages along the way. Wong was about 30 seconds behind in 4:50:16. Today's stage - a 226km road race - will take the field from Gerik to Kota Bharu. The Tour, which has prize money of $2.8 million, has attracted 18 professional teams and six national sides.