2009 Le Tour de Langkawi - Teams Announced
20 total teams to battle in the 7 day the Tour of Langkawi in Malaysia in Early
February... 4 ProTour Outfits lead the Continental and National Team Compettiors.
A compact field with some of the world’s best teams
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:
Ag2r la Mondiale
Cervélo Test Team
National & Continental Teams
Stage 1: Putrajaya-Senawang, 135km
Stage 2: Senawang-Melaka, 161.7km
Stage 3: Melaka-Melaka, 186km
Stage 4: Melaka-Bandar Baru Bangi, 222.2km
Stage 5 Petaling Jaya-Genting Highlands, 95.6km
Stage 6: Batang Kali-Shah Alam, 148.4km
Stage 7: Kuala Lumpur criterium, 80.4km
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