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20 teams for the 2009 Le Tour de Langkawi
Kuala Lumpur – The 2009 Le Tour de Langkawi will feature 20 teams from February 9 to 15, starting in Putrajaya, the home of Malaysian government, and finishing in the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur with the traditional criterium at Dataran Merdeka.
“The selection of the teams has been the hardest ever”, said the Chief Operating Officer Datuk Naim Mohamad. “We have received almost 50 bids from different teams from all over the world. It means the 7 days race format suits more teams than before. With a more compact field, we expect an even more challenging race.” As usual, the five continents will be competing in Malaysia for Asia’s biggest stage race.
“As we are aware of the importance of the Hors-Category status of our event, we have composed a balanced field with the priority being given to most competitive teams from Europe and America”, Naim added. “Although we are geographically far from the heart of cycling in Europe, we believe in the anti-doping policy put together by the UCI, the professional teams and the race organisers. We support the initiative of the biological passport. Therefore we have selected nine teams that adhere to the biological passport program and are eligible for the Grand Tours.”
Among these nine teams, four come from the Pro Tour circuit: Garmin-Chipotle from the USA, Ag2r and Bouygues Telecom from France, as well as Fuji-Servetto from Spain. The five Pro Continental teams are Diquigiovanni (Venezuela), CSF (Ireland), Vorarlberg-Corratec (Austria), ISD (Italy) and the Swiss-based Cervélo Test Team of Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre.
“We are very happy to welcome newly born and extremely promising teams like Cervélo and ISD”, Naim continued. “Two years ago we were the first organisers to invite Slipstream to a H.C. event because we thought this team had a fantastic future and we are delighted to see them coming back as Garmin-Chipotle with the prestige of being now one of the world’s most competitive teams for the Tour de France and the big classics.”
Oceania and Africa will be represented in Malaysia by the Australian and South African national teams respectively. “Le Tour de Langkawi being organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), we also believe in the good work done by some national federations in developing cycling”, Naim said. Other national teams from Asia will be: Malaysia, China, Iran and Kazakhstan while Asian continental teams will complete the line up: MCF and LeTua from Malaysia, Meitan-GDR from Japan, Seoul Cycling from Korea and the Doha Team from Qatar for which it will be a first appearance at Le Tour de Langkawi.
By mid-January, each team’s line up is expected to be known.
The 20 participating teams: Garmin-Chipotle, Ag2r, Bouygues Telecom, Fuji-Servetto, Diquigiovanni, CSF, Vorarlberg-Corratec, ISD, Cervélo, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, MCF, LeTua, Meitan-GDR, Seoul Cyling, Doha Team.
11th DEC 2008, PUTRAJAYA: The organizing of Le Tour de Langkawi 2009 (LTdL 2009) from 9th -15th February next year will be the proof that Malaysia is a country that will always be able to organize an international event regardless the fact that the world is facing the globalization credit crunch.
Executive Chairman LTdL 2009 who is also the President of Malaysia National Cycling Federation (MNCF), Abu Samah Abu Wahab, said that the elite 14th edition cycling tour will start from Putrajaya “ the Malaysian Government
administrative centre “ commence by Malaysia National Cycling Federation (MNCF) once again given the trust by
Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) to be the organizer of the event. Continue Reading »
The Marco Polo Cycling Team will be making its first appearance on the American racing circuit at the Tour de Georgia, taking place from April 21-27. Founded in 2005, Marco Polo Cycling is China’s first professional cycling team. It will be sponsored to take part in the race by a founding sponsor of the event, Atlanta-Based GE Energy, as well as bike manufacturer Trek.
The GE Marco Polo Cycling Team presented by Trek, as it will be called for the Tour de Georgia, features Fuyu Li, who previously rode for the Discovery Channel team in 2007 and is now on the short list of cyclists hoping to be selected as China’s sole competitor in road cycling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics this August. Continue Reading »
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.
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 »
Paul Griffin from Tralee is defending his title as last years’ winner of the Lacey Cup which sets out from the town better known as the host to the Rose of Tralee festival held every year in August.
Just back from Malaysia, Paul is certainly in good form. He was instrumental in helping his team Giant Asia cause reverberations in the peloton in the 12th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi.
Winning not alone the indivdual Asian prize by Ghader Mizibania, but the team prize in that category. To put the icing on the cake they pulled one over the ProTour teams by lifting the individual team prize.
Now back on familiar surroundings in the ‘Kingdom’ Paul should easily take the prize again in the Lacey Cup. He also the advantage of competition which is amajor plus for him over the opposition.
According to Cian Hogan of the promoting club, Earl of Desmond/Tralee Bicycle Club, ‘Paul is a lovely guy and to think last Sunday on our club run, he was at ease talking to cyclists who did not realise that this was the guy who injected belief in Irish Cycling on a world stage in Malaysia.