30 NATIONS ON THE START LIST
8 February 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, FRIDAY - The 18th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi will feature a very
international field, as 31 nations are represented on the provisional start list of 132 riders
divided into 22 teams. Hosting nation Malaysia leads the pack with 16 cyclists due to take
part, ahead of Japan with 12, Italy with 10, Australia and the Netherlands with 8, USA and
Korea with 7.
All five continents will be represented: 12 countries from Europe (Italy, Spain, the
Netherlands, France, Slovenia, Germany, Great-Britain, Poland, Belgium, Lithuania,
Russia and Denmark), 8 from Asia (Japan, China, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Kazakhstan,
Indonesia and Iran), 4 from America (Colombia, Argentina, USA and Venezuela) and Africa
(South Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Namibia) and 2 from Oceania (Australia and New
“We’re delighted to provide the Malaysian public with such a diverse international bunch
of cyclists”, said the chief operating officer of Le Tour de Langkawi Emir Abdul Jalal. “It
also means that a lot of people from different countries will be able to locate Malaysia on
the map of the world thanks to cycling because of our extensive media coverage outside
The biggest name among these 132 riders is probably the one of Pierre Rolland. The
Frenchman has won a mountain stage of the Tour de France in the past two years. LTdL is
his first goal this year after warming up at the Tropicale Amissa-Bongo in Gabon and the
Etoile de Bessèges in France.
GC contenders are to be identified among climbers like Lachlan Morton and Peter
Stetina (Garmin-Sharp), Alexandr Dyachenko and Andrey Kashechkin (Astana), Jonathan
Monsalve (Vini Fantini), Gianluca Brambilla and Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick
Step), Cameron Meyer and Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge), Jackson Rodriguez and
Carlos Ochoa (Androni Venezuela), Dennis van Niekerk and Jacques Janse van Rensburg
(MTN), Victor Nino and Oscar Pujol (RTS), Fortunato Baliani (Nippo) and John Ebsen
(Synergy Baku Cycling Project).
Once again, Le Tour de Langkawi should be spectacular because of the bunch sprints.
A winner of eleven stages in the past two editions, Andrea Guardini, now with Astana,
will be the man to watch, but he’ll face a fierce competition led by the Blanco team
around Theo Bos and his train formed of Graeme Brown, Tom Leezer and Jetse Bol.
Other top sprinters are Francesco Chicchi (Vini Fantini), Koldo Fernandez and Steele
Van Hoff (Garmin-Sharp), Bryan Coquard (Europcar), Jake Keough and Robert F?rster
(Unitedhealthcare), Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Aidis Kruopis (Orica-
GreenEdge) as well as local heroes Harrif Salleh (Terengganu) and Anuar Manan (Synergy
Baku Cycling Project).
The participation of the Australian superstar in the making and double national champion
(road and time trial) Luke Durbridge of Orica-GreenEdge will be another great attraction
while the improvements of Asian cycling could be seen through the emergence of the
most promising Chinese rider Wang Meiyin from Hengxiang.
The LTdL 2013, which carries the slogan "The Heat is On", will officially begin in Kangar
on February 21 and the race comprises 10 stages, covering 1469.7 kilometres.
The race is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 2.HC (hors category)
race on the UCI Asia Tour calendar, organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, via
the National Sports Council (NSC) in association with the Malaysian National Cycling