Archive for January 23rd, 2008

Kuala Lumpur – The Organizing Committee of the Le Tour de Langkawi 2008, with a heavy heart but in the interest of the safety of cyclists and members of the public, have decided to shift the Genting stage for this year’s Tour to Fraser’s Hill, another popular holiday destination in the country.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Sri Azalina Othman Said, has been informed of the latest development and has given her approval to the change of venue for the mountain stage challenge. The dates of the race remained unchanged from Feb 9 to 17.

Due to the Chinese New Year festivities during the first half of February, over 150,000 holiday-makers are expected to converge in Genting Highlands. “This is one of Genting’s busiest periods and the management informed us that it would be difficult to totally close the roads all the way too the peak as is usually done,” said Datuk Naim Mohamad, the Chief Operating Officer of the Le Tour de Langkawi.

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LTdL Chief Operating officer Datuk Naim Mohamad (right) receives the sponsorhip for the ‘King of the Mountains’
jersey from Ms Kay Prakash (left), assistant vice president Corporate Services Genting Group, watched by tour technical director Maniam Manikkam.

“The Genting management proposed finishing the stage at Gohtong Jaya,” said Datuk Naim. “But the Organizing Committee felt that with such high volume of traffic trying to access the resort, it could lead to massive jams and worse still, safety issues.” Continue Reading »

A video highlights for Tour Down Under 2008, including interview with Andre Greipel, Graeme Brown and Sean Yates.

Source: TDU Website
By Paul Verkuylen & Greg Johnson, in Hahndorf

In a virtual repeat of yesterday, an audacious and ambitious attack was snuffed out by the sprinters’ teams who set up the finish in typical style, with very little kilometers remaining, for their big guns to fire. Despite many counter attacks in the final 30km it was all together for the final bunch kick and barrelling into Hahndorf was the German powerhouse on Team High Road, Andre Greipel, who took out the stage, followed by Rabobank’s Graeme Brown in second place, and UniSA’s Allan Davis in third.

Greipel, who was discovered by the same coach as 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, once again started his sprint from a long way out to hold off Australian’s, Brown, and Allan Davis to take his second victory this season after he also won Sundays opening criterium in Glenelg.

“I feel good and I am in good shape,” Greipel explained. Continue Reading »

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: The penultimate leg of the nine-stage Tour of Langkawi (LTdL) cycling championships from Maran to Genting Highlands has been replaced with a route from Temerloh to Fraser’s Hill.

The chief operating officer of the Tour, Datuk Naim Mohamad, said the decision to replace the Genting stage was made in the best interest of the safety of the cyclists and members of the public.

“It is with a heavy heart that we came to the conclusion not to have the Genting stage. But one cannot put the safety of the riders at risk,” he said yesterday.

Naim added that for the first time in the series, the 13th edition of the Tour will have a new route for the King of the Mountain stage.

“Due to the Chinese New Year festivities during the first half of February, more than 150,000 holidaymakers are expected to converge in Genting Highlands,” he said. Continue Reading »

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Pictures by John Pierce, PhotoSport International.

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Source: worldwidecyclesblog.comAt the launch last week of this years new An Post Sean Kelly racing team it was mentioned that the current manager had come to Sean Kelly as a teenager and asked if he could train with him . This is the expanded story of how that happened .

Kurt Bogaerts was a teenager when he plucked up the courage to aproach one of the top pro cyclists of all time Sean Kelly ,who happened to live near him in the Brussels suberb of Merchtem . He had heard that the pro teams sold off their bike at the end of each year and wanted to purchase a Festina team bike from the team .

One afternoon when he spotted Kelly’s car outside of the house he tentativly aproached the front door and rang the bell . Linda answered the door and went to get Sean when Kurt explained the reason for the visit . Sean agreed to try to get Kurt a team bike from the team at the end of that years season and told him to call back in a few weeks . Kurt was delighted and did call back again a number of weeks later . Kelly did not yet have a bike for him and asked Kurt to give him a shout in a few weeks again .

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Picture by: John Pierce, PhotoSport International.

Kurt persisted and did call again a number of weeks later and this time Kelly did have a bike for him . As they were completing the transaction Kurt said in passing that if Sean ever wanted someone to train with that he would be delighted to train with him . Sean took his number but did not commit to anything . Continue Reading »

Pictures by Mitch Friedman

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Pictures by Mitch Friedman

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