2009 Le Tour de Langkawi - Sponsor
Asia's biggest cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi returns for its 14th edition
new-look for the race, inspiring change and a better future under the guidance of the
Ministry of Youth and Sports. Sponsors breathe life into the UCI 2.0 Event.
Sponsors Breathe Life Into a Promising Le Tour de
Langkawi in 2009
Asia's biggest cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) is back this year as a
new-look race, inspiring change and a better future under the guidance of the
Ministry of Youth and Sports.
This 14th edition brings with it a new meaning to the word perseverance as
the sport of cycling continues to move forward despite current economic
uncertainties on a global scale. Graded again as a hors class (2.HC) race by the
International Cycling Union (UCI), LTdL 2009 maintains its status as one of the
most prestigious races in Asia, projecting the vibrant, dynamic, colourful and
peaceful nature of host country Malaysia.
Measures to make the race more compact, in dealing with difficult times has
not meant a decline in interest in the race as some 17 world class teams
representing each continent will be pitting their strength against three
Malaysian teams that are fired up for the challenge set forth right from the
start of the race on February 9 to its end on February 15.
The changing and evolving face of Le Tour de Langkawi today is represented
not only by its route and a number of new, hopeful teams, but also in the
presence of a growing number of new sponsors wanting to associate themselves
with this prestigious event.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, officiated in
a gala handing over ceremony at the Palace of Golden Horses, by in the
presence of LTdL 2009 executive chairman Tuan Haji Abu Samah Abdul Wahab, who is
also president of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF),
the race continues to be backed by a myriad of established companies, who
will find this as an opportunity to contribute towards the growth of not just
the sports tourism industry and the promotion of the country, but the
development of cycling, which is now considered one of the most important sports
on the national agenda.
No shortage of Drama: Serramenti PVC Assistant Director Marco Bellini gives 2008
winner Ruslan Ivanov a few last minute instructions before the start of the
final stage. Savio and Bellini signed the rider after two years without a
pro contract leading to one of his best career victories.
Photo © 2008 Action Images
2008 General Classification - top 5
Total Dist: 1370.70 kms (852.37 miles)
Average Speed: 43.87 kph (27.28 mph)
1 14 MDA Ivanov, Ruslan SDA Serramenti PVC
2 65 FRA Sprick, Matthieu BTL Bouygues Telecom 31h20'57" @29"
3 92 ESP Cesar, Gustavo KGZ Karpin Galicia 31h21'00" @32"
4 221 NZL Yates,Jeremy NZL New Zealand N.T. 31h21'04" @36"
5 45 BLR Sobal,Yauhen TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 31h21'16" @48"
LTdL 2009 chief operating officer Datuk Naim Mohamad, in thanking both
returning and new sponsors, promised yet another successful edition of LTdL,
stating the vital aspect of sponsorship as one of the key reasons behind the
success of each of the previous editions.
"In reality, we would never be able to do it without the support of sponsors.
But at the same time we work hard to ensure that this is a relationship that
doesn't just end here, at this handing over ceremony. Some, who have
continuously supported our race through thick and thin, have become established
components in our big happy family," said Datuk Naim.
"Gaining in terms of sponsorship also comes with a big responsibility of not
just delivering a good race, but ensuring that all our sponsors goals are met as
well. We work hard to ensure that each and every ringgit contributed by sponsors
goes back in terms of returns in mileage and advertising value."
Le Tour de Langkawi Sponsors take the stage at the presentation.
Jersey Sponsors - Leaders Yellow Jersey
This time around, national car manufacturer Proton
together with Telekom Malaysia Berhad’s sponsorship of the most coveted jersey,
the yellow jersey for the overall leader of the general classification, won last
year by Moldova's Ruslan Ivanov of the Serramenti Diquigiovanni-Androni
Gioccatoli team, comes alongside the company's return yet again as official car
Milo - Points Classification
Fortified drink Milo, a household name in Malaysia for the past
century, will again supply the leader's jersey for the point’s classification
which is set to see fierce battle between the top sprinters in the pack.
Genting Berhad - King of the Mountains
While Genting Berhad, synonymous with LTdL most dreaded deciding stage, the
climb up Genting Highlands, will again provide the polka dot jersey for the
leader of the mountains classification.
Shinichi Fukushima (Meitan Hompo/GDR) in the blue jersey of the 2008 top Asian
G.C. rider's jersey. Photo ©
2008 Action Images
Volkswagen - Asian Riders Classification
The leader of the Asian riders' classification this time around, will project
the name of one of the latest additions to the LTdL family, German car maker
Volkswagen, who make their debut as an event
partner for the blue jersey worn by the leader of this classification.
"Delivery is key to everything and in meeting with that goal, we welcome on
board again, superfast courier service Sure Reach.
We hope with their help, we can guarantee that a successful edition of LTdL will
be delivered to you. We also welcome another household name,
Le Run, into our family. Having been around
for so long, in most cases providing the first bicycle most of our children
would be riding, it is only just that this bicycle company becomes part of our
family," said Datuk Naim Mohamad.
Sure-Reach Super Courier Le Run
Race Theme: "Sport Tourism Towards one Malaysia"
Naim also said that this year’s theme for the tour is "Sport Tourism Towards one
Malaysia" that is “SUKAN PELANCONGAN KE ARAH SATU MALAYSIA”. Malaysia which is
united, peaceful and prosperous where each Malaysian have the opportunity to
excel and develop their true potential in a safe and secured environment.
The 2009 route details of Le Tour de Langkawi
Photo © 2009 Le Tour de Langkawi
2009 le Tour de Langkawi stages"
Stage 1: Putrajaya-Senawang, 135 km
Stage 2: Senawang-Melaka, 161.7 km
Stage 3: Melaka-Melaka, 186 km
Stage 4: Melaka-Bandar Baru Bangi, 222.2 km
Stage 5 Petaling Jaya-Genting Highlands, 95.6 km
Stage 6: Batang Kali-Shah Alam, 148.4 km
Stage 7: Kuala Lumpur criterium, 80.4 km
Total distance: 1,029.9 kilometers
LTdL 2009 will cover a total distance of 1,029.9kilometers beginning with
Stage One from Putrajaya to Senawang on Feb 9, Senawang to Melaka the following,
a loop from Melaka to Melaka after that; before leaving Melaka to Bandar Baru
Bangi for Stage Four, before coming to the decider from Petaling Jaya to Genting
Highlands (Stage Five). Stage Six on the penultimate day on February 14 is from
Batang Kali to Shah Alam and the curtains comes down with the traditional Kuala
Lumpur Criterium on February 15.
The Tour is organized by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF)
with the support of the Malaysian Government via the Ministry of Youth and
Sports and sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Asian
Cycling Confederation (ACC). Malaysian
Malaysian Cycling History
It is not known when actually the sport of bicycle racing was introduced in
Malaysia. From reliable sources it is believed that bicycle racing was
introduced by British Soldiers posted to Malaya before 1938. It was only in 1938
that organised activities in the sport of bicycle racing began with a number of
Road races being held in and around Kuala Lumpur.
The first State in Malaysia to form an Association was Selangor in 1938 with a
number of Bicycle Racing Clubs already in existence then such as the " Rough
Riders " "Agas Wheelers" and others. With the formation of the Selangor State
Cycling Association, cycling activities started to spread to other States like
Perak, Melaka and Penang. The Malaysian National Cycling Federation was formed
in 1953 thanks to the untiring efforts of the late Mr. Gurchan Singh and Captain
C.O. Jennings (an officer of the New Zealand Regiment) with the States of
Selangor, Melaka, Perak and Penang being affiliated members. The Registration
Number of the Federation was RSM 146/55.
More History of Malaysian Cycling
Sponsors VIP List:
- En. Mohamad Norin Abu Bakar - Group Corporate Communications, Proton
- YBhg Dato’ Anthony Yeo - Vice President Public Relation and
Communications, Resort World Berhad
- En. Ng Ping Loong - Marketing Manager Sport Section, Nestle Product Sdn
- YBhg Dato’ Ilyas Mohamed - CEO, VW Cars Sdn Bhd
- En. A Majeed K Kulheen - General Manager, Petronas Dagangan Berhad
- En. Peter Chan - Executive Director, Sure Reach Worldwide Express Sdn Bhd
- En. Teoh Teik Leong - Marketing Manager, Le Run Industries Sdn Bhd
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