KUALA LUMPUR: South Korea’s Team KSPO have pulled out of next week’s Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) after their rider Youm Jung-hwan died due to a heart attack during training in Seoul Wednesday morning.
LTdL chief operating officer Emir Abdul Jalal said Team KSPO made the decision as a mark of respect to the late Jung-hwan.
“Our deepest condolences go to Jung-hwan’s family and Team KSPO. This is a big loss to the sport, particularly to Asian cycling and to our race.
“As a mark of respect, we will also not be adding any team to replace KSPO’s slot in the LTdL although there are a number of teams on the waiting list. We will start the race with 21 teams instead of 22,” said Emir on Wednesday.
Jung-hwan, 29, last competed in the LTdL with the Seoul Cycling Team in 2012, where he finished 24th overall. — Bernama