KUALA LUMPUR - The fight for the PROTON yellow jersey at the twentieth Le Tour de Langkawi is a worldwide affair. Representatives of the five continents will line up on Malaysia’s Paradisiacal island on March 8.
Europe will be led by giants Team Sky and Tinkoff-Saxo. Oceania will send Australia’s only World Team Orica-GreenEdge. Both North America (Unitedhealthcare) and South America (Team Colombia) are expected to impact the race. Asia has the highest number of teams on the start list topped by Astana from Kazakhstan, while new comers from the Middle East (Skydive Dubai) and neighbors from Turkey (Torku) and Azerbaijan (Baku) will have their say as well among the record number of 36 nationalities out of 132 riders set to gather on the start line.
History of Le Tour de Langkawi already highlights overall winners from all continents: Oceania (Australia’s Damian McDonald open the record book in 1996), Europe (since Italy’s Luca Scinto won in 1997), America (Chris Horner from USA won in 2000 before Hernan Dario Munoz initiated a Colombian domination in 2002), Africa (South Africa took back to back victories with Ryan Cox and David George ten years ago) and Asia (Iran’s Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhor took the laurels last year). Clearly, it’s time for Africa again, now that black athletes are also putting their feet in the world of the top cyclists as they do in many other sports. Read
& UFL Sponsorship Announcement and Press Conference 26 February 2015
MTN-QHUBEKA HAS THE CLIMBING POWER 04 MARCH 2015
KUALA LUMPUR - The hot favorites for the overall individual and teams classifications of the 20th Le Tour de Langkawi this year are MTN-Qhubeka. The first ever African trade team invited to the Tour de France has selected riders from their continent only to take part for the fifth consecutive time. The Malaysian event has remained close to the heart of their principal Douglas Ryder who was the King of the Mountains in 1998.
With newly crowned South African champion Jacques Janse van Rensburg and their Eritrean trio formed of Merhawi Kudus, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Natnael Berhane, they look like having the most qualified team for GC, possibly stronger than the World Team in contention this time around. Read
GIANTS TEAM SKY AMBITIOUS IN THEIR FIRST EVER LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI 03 MARCH 2015
KUALA LUMPUR - A big attraction at the teams’ presentation of Le Tour de Langkawi on March 7 on Malaysia’s Paradisiacal island will be the presence of first timers Team Sky. Born in 2010, the Manchester-based squad managed the incredible challenge of building the first British overall victory at the Tour de France in the region of five years, and not only one but two with Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013.
“For a couple of years, we’ve been considering taking part in Le Tour de Langkawi and finally, this time around, we’ve made it a reality”, said Team Sky’s head directeur sportif Nicolas Portal with a large smile. “Personally, this race is close to my heart since it was my first one as a professional with Ag2r in 2002. A few of us in the staff also have found memories of racing in Malaysia so we put on a good word to our coaches to decide on the race program.” Read
E'DEN MINERAL WATER AND UFL CONTINUES
AS SPONSORING PARTNERS OF LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI 26 FEBRUARY 2015
PUTRAJAYA - Le Tour de Langkawi 2015
today have announced the two sponsoring partners Darulkhusus
Venture Sdn Bhd and Universal Fitness & Leisure Sdn
Bhd who continues their support towards making the 20th
edition of the race, from March 8 - 15th another overwhelming
Darulkhusus Venture is the producer
of the E'den brand of mineral water, of which a whopping
96,000 bottles or 4,000 cartons, will be distributed to
keep riders, officials and staff hydrated during the eight stage race, expected to be run under extreme heat. Read
Tour de Langkawi 2015 Official Promo Video
Tour de Langkawi 2015 Route Announcement
Tour de Langkawi 2015 - Celebrating 20 Great Years