8th FEBRUARY 2017
SHAH ALAM: Terengganu's hosting of the
grand start, along with the opening two stages and a triple climb
heading into the Stage 7 finish in Rembau marks an even better
remapped route for the 22nd edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL),
set to be held between February 22 and March 1.
In reality, the new route
isn't too much of a shift from the initial route announced in
January, with among other significant changes being the redirection
of Stage 5 due to the unavailability of the Dataran Merdeka due
to Federal Territories Day celebrations being held there.
"We've had some tweaks
to make, but the changes made actually provides an opportunity
for an even more exciting and unpredictable race," said LTdL
2017 chief executive officer Emir Abdul Jalal.
"Although there are
some hints that the route had to be changed as cost cutting measures,
the matter has been sorted out between the organisers and the
state government and I would like to thank them for their continuous
support. Thus the pre-race events and the opening two stages will
be held in Terengganu," said Emir.
Overall, the race will cover
a distance of 1,222.2 kilometres, beginning with a 124.8km opening
stage that starts in Kuala Berang and ends with a circuit around
the city of Kuala Terengganu.
Stage 2 will be the longest
stage of the race this year, covering three states over 208.1km
from the start in Jerteh, Terengganu, before passing through Kelantan
and finishing after the scenic passing of the Titiwangsa Range
in Gerik, Perak.
The next day, the entourage
heads to Serdang in Kedah for the start of the third stage, which
will be a the shortest stage of the Tour, ending after 118km in
Pantai Remis. Stage 4 is then the decisive queen stage of the
race, with a start in Seri Manjung and finish atop Cameron Highlands
after the peloton covers 174.4km.
Stage 5 of the race brings
the peloton into the state of Selangor, with the finish in Kuala
Kubu Baru coming 151.5km after the start in Meru Jaya, with its
undulations and twisty roads prospecting some changes to the standings
which would have been established after the Cameron Highlands
stage the day before.
The sixth stage sees a start
in Negri Sembilan, where the peloton heads South, covering 176.3km
from a start in Senawang heading towards the finish in Muar, Johor.
Then comes the penultimate stage, which provides some prospects
of changes to the leadership with the peloton heading from a start
in Malacca into some tricky climbs in Gemencheh, Bukit Rokan and
Bukit Miku over the 148.1km stage before the finish in Rembau.
The final day's procession
this year will see a 121km procession begin in Setiawangsa, before
the peloton heads into a loop around the administrative capital
of Putrajaya for the grand finish.
"The decision to go
with this route is to ensure that the race will be more exciting,
where the battle for the overall title will by no means be settled
in Cameron Highlands. I expect it to be stretched into the latter
stages," said Emir.
Organised by the Ministry
of Youth and Sports Malaysia and managed by Ciclista Sports Sdn
Bhd, the 22nd edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from 22 February
to 1 March, 2017 is set to cover more than 1,200km over 8 stages,
the UCI 2.HC (hors category) race featuring again as one of the
biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour calendar.
Le Tour de Langkawi 2017 Race
Stage 1 - Wed, 22 February 2017 : Kuala
Berang - Kuala Terengganu (124.8 km)
Stage 2 - Thurs, 23 February 2017 : Jerteh 每 Gerik (208.1 km)
Stage 3 - Fri, 24 February 2017 : Serdang 每 Pantai Remis (118
Stage 4 - Sat, 25 February 2017 : Seri Manjung 每 Cameron Highlands
Stage 5 - Sun, 26 February 2017 : Meru Raya 每 Kuala Kubu Bharu
Stage 6 - Mon, 27 February 2017 : Senawang 每 Muar (176.3 km)
Stage 7 - Tues, 28 February 2017 : Melaka 每 Rembau (148.1 km)
Stage 8 - Wed, 1 March 2017 : Setiawangsa 每 Putrajaya Loop (121
TOTAL DISTANCE : 1,222.2 km
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