Archive for January, 2008

SHAH ALAM – Datuk Naim Mohamad, Chief Operating officer, Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 announces today that A record number of 30 different nationalities will form the field for Le Tour de Langkawi this year. The race will start in Alor Setar, on February 9 and will end up with the traditional criterium at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on February 17.

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According to the provisional start list of 150 riders, Malaysia will have the highest number of participants with 18, followed closely by Australia with 17, then Japan with 12, Italy with 10, France and Germany with 9 each.  The other nations with cyclists involved are New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Iran, South Africa, Indonesia, Spain, Russia, Colombia, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, China, Mexico, Argentina, Belarus, Venezuela, Taiwan, Ireland, Great-Britain, Moldavia, Netherlands, Estonia, Belgium and the USA. Continue Reading »

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Source: The Star 

KUALA LUMPUR: Swiss NGC Medical-OTC Industria Porte are newcomers in the cycling fraternity but they certainly won’t be lacking in experience in the Tour of Langkawi (LTdL) championships from Feb 9-17.

They have five experienced Italian riders in their ranks alongside one Swiss and they will be looking at making a big impact in the LTdL.

In 25-year-old Enrico Rossi, they have a rider with the experience of having raced in Asia and he will spearhead the team’s charge in the sprints.

The team will bank on Massimiliano Maisto to provide much of the thrust in the climb up Fraser’s Hill. Continue Reading »

Highlights from Stage 4 of the 2008 Tour of Qatar from the Khalifa Stadium to Al Khor Corniche.

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Picture by Photo Mark Gunter, PhotoSport International.

Tour Down Under 2008 - Greipel

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Source: LTdL Website 

KUALA LUMPUR – NGC Medical-OTC Industria Porte might be new in the cycling fraternity but the Swiss-registered team will not lack experience when they open their maiden campaign in Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 on Feb 9-17.

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With five Italian riders in their team alongside one Swiss, the European outfit will be looking to create a big impact in the annual cycling race series after their enthusiastic preparation for the new season. Continue Reading »

Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The 13th edition of the Tour of Langkawi (LTdL) will see the return of the Tinkoff Credit Systems team.

The team, who finished seventh overall last year, aim to be among the frontrunners for the overall crown of the championships scheduled for Feb 9-17.

Their young Russian climber, Pavel Brutt, is returning with a squad and he is ready for battle in every stage of the Tour. Continue Reading »

Youngster Niki Terpstra pushes himself into the Top Ten of the Best Young Rider Ranking

Dortmund, 30 January 2008. MILRAM’s Niki Terpstra rode into the top ten in the Best Young Rider ranking with an admirable peformance in the fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar (UCI 2.1). About 12 kilometers before the finish line, Terpstra made a brave escape out of the leading group, but the Quick-Step team around overall leader Tom Boonen wouldn’t let the young Dutchmen get away. In a surprise finish, the Italian Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff Credit Systems) took the sprint after 131,5 km between Khalifia Stadium and Al Khor Corniche. Overall leader Tom Boonen finished second, defending his lead, with the German Sebastian Siedler (Skil-Shimano) coming in third.


Picture above: Niki Terpstra

The best MILRAM rider was Marco Velo in 20th place. Terpstra came in shortly thereafter in 31st place, moving himself up to eighth in the Young Rider Ranking. The young Dutchman is currently 25th overall. Continue Reading »

German ProTour Team sends ten youngsters to five-part race in South Africa

 

Dortmund, 30 January 2008.  Team MILRAM riders with an average age of 23.5 years will take on the Intaka Tech World’s View Challenge (February 2-7,  UCI 1.1) as of this coming Saturday.   Directeur Sportif Jochen Hahn will lead ten MILRAM riders, including all seven newcomers, in the five-part race series in the Pietermaritzburg area.

 

„Our newcomers will start their season in South Africa,“ said team manager Gerry van Gerwen.  „We will be concentrating even more in the future on young riders.  They will be gathering their first race kilometers under the watchful eye of Jochen Hahn and preparing themselves carefully for the coming season.“ Continue Reading »

Highlights from the third stage of the 2008 Tour of Qatar.