Tour de Langkawi

The Tour de Langkawi is a multiple stage bicycle race held in Malaysia. It is named after the archipelago Langkawi, where the first edition started and finished. The race has been held annually since 1996, primarily in February. It usually consists of 10-day-long segments (stages) over 10 days, but has been reduced to eight stages over recent years. While the route changes each year, the Genting Highlands climb, the toughest in the tour, is always included. Tour de Langkawi is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 2.HC road race in the UCI Asia Tour calendar. The race will become part of the new UCI ProSeries in 2020.

Tour de Langkawi
DateFebruary–March
RegionPeninsular Malaysia
English nameTour of Langkawi
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI ProSeries
TypeStage race
OrganiserMalaysian National Cycling Federation
Web sitewww.ltdl.com.my/index.asp Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1996 (1996)
Editions25 (as of 2020)
First winner Damian McDonald (AUS)
Most wins Paolo Lanfranchi (ITA)
 José Serpa (COL)
(2 wins)
Most recent Danilo Celano (ITA)

All stages are timed to the finish. Times for each completed stage are compounded; the rider with the lowest aggregate time is the leader of the race and gets to wear the yellow jersey. While the general classification garners the most attention, there are other contests held within the Tour: the points classification for sprinters, the mountains classification for climbers, the Asian rider classification for Asian riders, the team classification for competing teams, and the Asian team classification for competing Asian teams.

HistoryEdit

The Tour de Langkawi was conceived by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad to put Malaysia "on the world sporting and tourism map".[1] The first race was held in 1996. It was Asia's richest bicycle race[2] with total prize money of RM1.1 million.[1]

In 1997, the teams Mapei and MG from Italy and the team Casino from France refused to participate in the second stage of the Tour as a protest against long delays in the delivery of their bicycles and luggage caused by insufficient numbers of cargo handlers at provincial airports in the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Organisers officially cancelled the second stage, though an unofficial shortened version was held.[2] Since then, the race has never re-visited Sabah or Sarawak.

The final stage of the race was cancelled twice due to heavy rain in 2003[3] and 2006.

During the first stage in 2004, police allowed vehicles onto the course by mistake. Riders mutually decided to neutralise the stage.[4]

In 2008, the Genting Highlands climb stage was replaced by Fraser's Hill. Due to 150,000 visitors converging on the Genting Highlands resort area to celebrate Chinese New Year, officials would not be able to close roads along the race route to insure the safety of riders and the public.[5] The Genting Highlands climb stage returned to the Tour in 2009.

Past winnersEdit

General classificationEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1996   Australia Damian McDonald Giant–AIS
1997   Italy Luca Scinto MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998   Italy Gabriele Missaglia Mapei–Bricobi
1999   Italy Paolo Lanfranchi Mapei–Quick-Step
2000   United States Chris Horner Mercury Cycling Team
2001   Italy Paolo Lanfranchi Mapei–Quick-Step
2002   Colombia Hernán Darío Muñoz Colombia–Selle Italia
2003   United States Tom Danielson Saturn Cycling Team
2004   Colombia Fredy González Colombia–Selle Italia
2005   South Africa Ryan Cox Barloworld
2006   South Africa David George South Africa (national team)
2007   France Anthony Charteau Crédit Agricole
2008   Moldova Ruslan Ivanov Diquigiovanni–Androni
2009   Colombia José Serpa Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010   Venezuela José Rujano Androni Giocattoli
2011   Venezuela Jonathan Monsalve Androni Giocattoli
2012   Colombia José Serpa Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
2013   Colombia Julián Arredondo Team Nippo–De Rosa
2014   Iran Samad Pourseyedi Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2015   Algeria Youcef Reguigui MTN–Qhubeka
2016   South Africa Reinardt Janse van Rensburg Team Dimension Data
2017   South Africa Ryan Gibbons Team Dimension Data
2018   Russia Artem Ovechkin Terengganu Cycling Team
2019   Australia Benjamin Dyball Team Sapura Cycling
2020   Italy Danilo Celano Team Sapura Cycling

Points classificationEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1996   Australia Damian McDonald Giant–AIS
1997   Italy Luca Scinto MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998   United States Fred Rodriguez Saturn Cycling Team
1999   New Zealand Graeme Miller New Zealand (national team)
2000   Canada Gordon Fraser Mercury Cycling Team
2001   Italy Paolo Bettini Mapei–Quick-Step
2002   South Africa Robert Hunter Mapei–Quick-Step
2003   Australia Graeme Brown Ceramiche Panaria–Fiordo
2004   Canada Gordon Fraser Health Net–Maxxis
2005   Australia Graeme Brown Ceramica Panaria–Navigare
2006   Germany Steffen Radochla Wiesenhof–AKUD
2007   Italy Alberto Loddo Diquigiovanni–Selle Italia
2008    Switzerland Aurélien Clerc Bouygues Télécom
2009   Italy Mattia Gavazzi Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010   Malaysia Anuar Manan Geumsan Ginseng Asia
2011   Italy Andrea Guardini Farnese Vini–Neri Sottoli
2012   Italy Andrea Guardini Farnese Vini–Selle Italia
2013   Italy Francesco Chicchi Vini Fantini–Selle Italia
2014   Lithuania Aidis Kruopis Orica–GreenEDGE
2015   Australia Caleb Ewan Orica–GreenEDGE
2016   Italy Andrea Guardini Astana
2017   South Africa Ryan Gibbons Team Dimension Data
2018   Italy Andrea Guardini Bardiani–CSF
2019   United States Travis McCabe Floyd's Pro Cycling
2020   Germany Max Walscheid NTT Pro Cycling

Mountains classificationEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1996   Great Britain Chris Newton Great Britain (National Team)
1997   Italy Luca Scinto MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998   South Africa Douglas Ryder South Africa (national team)
1999   Italy Alessandro Petacchi Navigare–Gaerne
2000   Mexico Julio Alberto Pérez Ceramica Panaria–Gaerne
2001   Italy Paolo Lanfranchi Mapei–Quick-Step
2002   Colombia Ruber Marín Colombia–Selle Italia
2003   Canada Roland Green Canada (national team)
2004   Colombia Ruber Marín Colombia–Selle Italia
2005   South Africa Ryan Cox Barloworld
2006   South Africa David George South Africa (national team)
2007   Colombia Walter Pedraza Diquigiovanni–Selle Italia
2008   Italy Filippo Savini CSF Group–Navigare
2009   Colombia José Serpa Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010   Australia Peter McDonald Drapac–Porsche Cycling
2011   Venezuela Jonathan Monsalve Androni Giocattoli
2012   Colombia José Serpa Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
2013   China Wang Meiyin Hengxiang Cycling Team
2014   Ireland Matt Brammeier Synergy Baku
2015   United States Kiel Reijnen UnitedHealthcare
2016   China Wang Meiyin Wisdom–Hengxiang Cycling Team
2017   Denmark John Ebsen Infinite AIS Cycling Team
2018   Colombia Álvaro Duarte Forca Amskins Racing
2019   Australia Angus Lyons Oliver's Real Food Racing
2020   Malaysia Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff Team Sapura Cycling

Asian rider classificationEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1998   Indonesia Tonton Susanto Indonesia (national team)
1999   Japan Hideto Yukinari Japan (national team)
2000   Hong Kong Wong Kam-po Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2001   Hong Kong Wong Kam-po Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2002   Indonesia Tonton Susanto Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2003   Japan Tomoya Kano Japan (national team)
2004   Iran Ghader Mizbani Iran (national team)
2005   Japan Koji Fukushima Bridgestone-Anchor
2006   Iran Hossein Askari Giant Asia Racing Team
2007   Iran Ghader Mizbani Giant Asia Racing Team
2008   Japan Shinichi Fukushima Meitan Hompo-GDR
2009   Indonesia Tonton Susanto LeTua Cycling Team
2010   South Korea Gong Hyo-Suk Seoul Cycling Team
2011   Iran Rahim Emami Azad University Iran
2012   Kazakhstan Alexsandr Dyachenko Astana
2013   China Wang Meiyin Hengxiang Cycling Team
2014   Iran Samad Pourseyedi Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2015   Japan Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan Racing Team
2016   Malaysia Adiq Husainie Othman Terengganu Cycling Team
2017   Japan Hideto Nakane Nippo–Vini Fantini
2018   Kazakhstan Yevgeniy Gidich Astana
2019   Kazakhstan Vadim Pronskiy Astana City
2020   Kazakhstan Yevgeniy Fedorov Vino–Astana Motors

Team classificationEdit

Year Based Team name
1996   Giant–AIS
1997   MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998   Mapei–Bricobi
1999   Mapei–Quick-Step
2000   Mercury Cycling Team
2001   Mapei–Quick-Step
2002   Mapei–Quick-Step
2003   Colombia–Selle Italia
2004   Barloworld
2005   Barloworld
2006   Selle Italia–Diquigiovanni
2007   Giant Asia Racing Team
2008   Diquigiovanni–Androni
2009   Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010   Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2011   Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2012   Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
2013   MTN–Qhubeka
2014   MTN–Qhubeka
2015   Pegasus Continental Cycling Team
2016   UnitedHealthcare
2017   IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness
2018   Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia
2019   Floyd's Pro Cycling
2020

Asian team classificationEdit

Year Based Team name
1998   Philippines (national team)
1999   Malaysia (national team)
2000   Japan (national team)
2001   Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2002   Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2003   Iran (national team)
2004   Iran (national team)
2005   Iran (national team)
2006   Japan (national team)
2007   Giant Asia Racing Team
2008   Seoul Cycling Team
2009   Iran (national team)
2010   Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2011   Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2012   Astana
2013   Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2014   Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2015   Pegasus Continental Cycling Team
2016   Wisdom–Hengxiang Cycling Team
2017   Vino–Astana Motors
2018   Astana
2019   Vino–Astana Motors
2020

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wan Lokman seeks a tour de force in cycling meet". New Straits Times. 3 March 1996. p. 13. Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b Abt, Samuel (21 February 1997). "3 Pro Teams Balk at Logistics in Asian Bike Race". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Tan, Anthony (9 February 2003). "Bongiorno triumphs in KL; Danielson safely home". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Tan, Anthony. "Sprintless finale to first day". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Johnson, Greg (23 January 2008). "Fraser's Hill replaces Langkawi's Genting". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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