Langkawi Tour date shift the ‘ride move’

  • Cycling
  • Monday, 25 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision to move the dates for the 25th edition of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) could prove to be a masterstroke.

According to Human Voyage chief executive officer, Datuk Ahmad Mustafa, moving the race from March 15-22 to Feb 7-14 next year means it will not clash with any significant cycling events.

The latest dates have been included in the Union Cycliste Interna-tionale (UCI) calendar.

“In 2019, LTdL was held from April 6 to 13. It clashed with the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire in France and Itzulia Basque Country in Spain. We were dead that time,” joked Ahmad.

“This time around, we have shifted the race to February, and it will be held before the two notable races in Australia – The Santos Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

“So we expect the UCI World Teams to take part in the LTdL. The Tour of Saudi Arabia will be held from Feb 4 to 8, but it will not affect our race.

Ahmad said many teams have stated their interest to take part in the tour and they would be speaking to some World Teams soon.

He was confident they could rope in teams like Astana, Bahrain-Merida, Team Ineos and the UAE Team Emirates for the race.

“It’s still early stages yet. We are negotiating with some teams. We will look to wrap things up by December.”

On Saturday, Ahmad was present when Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the LTdL 2020 at the Petronas Twin Towers. Dr Mahathir said the world would get to see the Malaysian countryside as much as the well-known towns and cities.

He added that the race has produced world-class cyclists from Malaysia such as Anuar Manan, who became the first Malaysian to win a stage and don the green jersey (Sprint King) in 2010.

“This year, we also saw a similar feat repeated by Mohd Harrif Salleh, who is from team Terengganu Incorporated Cycling (TSG), Asia’s top-ranked Continental team.

“I believe these success stories have served as an inspiration for many Malaysians,” he said.
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