Smooth ride ahead in Tour’s 10th anniversary


BY LIM TEIK HUAT

PETALING JAYA: With three days to go before the start of the biggest cycling extravaganza in Asia, organisers First Cartel (M) Sdn Bhd have gone into full swing to make the Telekom Malaysia Tour of Langkawi a memorable and successful championships. 

The RM1.6 million event, the richest cycling event in the region, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and they have left no stone unturned in their efforts to make it a smooth ride in every sense. 

Their managing director, Imran Abdullah, said: “We are 95% ready and by Thursday, everything will be in place.” 

However, any sports event will not be a success without the presence of spectators and Imran hopes that the crowd will turn out in full force to support the world-class teams. 

“The Tour of Langkawi has always enjoyed tremendous support from Malaysians of all walks of life and I hope it will not be any different this time around,” he said. 

“There will be something for everyone at the start-finish line with a full range of entertainment for spectators. There will be games, shows and competitions for the them to participate in.” 

Imran pointed out that the Tour was expected to be telecast to about 150 countr ies and it was a perfect opportunity to showcase Malaysia to the rest of the world. 

“This race can be used as an avenue to show the world that the recent tsunami disaster has not affected the tourism industry in our country, so it is important for Malaysians to come out and support the race,” he said. 

The Tour will begin in Langkawi on Friday and will pass through nine states, covering a total race distance of 1,281.1km. It ends in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 6. 

The foreign teams have started to arrive in Langkawi. Already in are Mr Bookmaker.Com-Sports Tech, Credit Agricole and Navigators Insurance.  

National teams Iran and Britain are scheduled to arrive today. 

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