Tour de Langkawi

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Tour de Langkawi
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Race details
Date February–March
Region Peninsular Malaysia
English name Tour of Langkawi
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Asia Tour 2.HC
Type Stage race
Organiser Malaysian National Cycling Federation
History
First edition 1996 (1996)
Editions 19 (as of 2014)
First winner  Damian McDonald (AUS)
Most wins  Paolo Lanfranchi (ITA)
 José Serpa (COL)
(2 wins)
Most recent  Mirsamad Poorseyedi (IRI)

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 the month of February. It usually consists of 10 day-long segments (stages) over 10 days. 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.

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.

History[edit]

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 canceled 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 winners[edit]

General classification[edit]

Rider Team
1996 Australia McDonald, DamianDamian McDonald (AUS) Giant–AIS
1997 Italy Scinto, LucaLuca Scinto (ITA) MG Maglificio-Technogym
1998 Italy Missaglia, GabrieleGabriele Missaglia (ITA) Mapei-Bricobi
1999 Italy Lanfranchi, PaoloPaolo Lanfranchi (ITA) Mapei-Quick Step
2000 United States Horner, ChrisChris Horner (USA) Mercury Cycling Team
2001 Italy Lanfranchi, PaoloPaolo Lanfranchi (ITA) Mapei-Quick Step
2002 Colombia Muñoz, Hernán DaríoHernán Darío Muñoz (COL) Colombia-Selle Italia
2003 United States Danielson, TomTom Danielson (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
2004 Colombia González, FredyFredy González (COL) Colombia-Selle Italia
2005 South Africa Cox, RyanRyan Cox (RSA) Barloworld
2006 South Africa George, DavidDavid George (RSA) South Africa (national team)
2007 France Charteau, AnthonyAnthony Charteau (FRA) Crédit Agricole
2008 Moldova Ivanov, RuslanRuslan Ivanov (MDA) Diquigiovanni-Androni
2009 Colombia Serpa, JoséJosé Serpa (COL) Diquigiovanni-Androni
2010 Venezuela Rujano, JoséJosé Rujano (VEN) Androni Giocattoli
2011 Venezuela Monsalve, JonathanJonathan Monsalve (VEN) Androni Giocattoli
2012 Colombia Serpa, JoséJosé Serpa (COL) Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela
2013 Colombia Arredondo, JuliánJulián Arredondo (COL) Team Nippo-De Rosa
2014 Iran Pourseyedi, SamadSamad Pourseyedi (IRN) Tabriz Petrochemical Team

Points classification[edit]

Rider Team
1996 Australia McDonald, DamianDamian McDonald (AUS) Giant–AIS
1997 Italy Scinto, LucaLuca Scinto (ITA) MG Maglificio-Technogym
1998 Italy Rodriguez, FredFred Rodriguez (ITA) Saturn Cycling Team
1999 New Zealand Miller, GraemeGraeme Miller (NZL) New Zealand (national team)
2000 Canada Fraser, GordonGordon Fraser (CAN) Mercury Cycling Team
2001 Italy Bettini, PaoloPaolo Bettini (ITA) Mapei-Quick Step
2002 South Africa Hunter, RobertRobert Hunter (RSA) Mapei-Quick Step
2003 Australia Brown, GraemeGraeme Brown (AUS) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
2004 Canada Fraser, GordonGordon Fraser (CAN) Health Net-Maxxis
2005 Australia Brown, GraemeGraeme Brown (AUS) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
2006 Germany Radochla, SteffenSteffen Radochla (GER) Team Wiesenhof-AKUD
2007 Italy Loddo, AlbertoAlberto Loddo (ITA) Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia
2008 Switzerland Clerc, AurélienAurélien Clerc (SUI) Bouygues Télécom
2009 Italy Gavazzi, MattiaMattia Gavazzi (ITA) Diquigiovanni-Androni
2010 Malaysia Manan, AnuarAnuar Manan (MAS) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
2011 Italy Guardini, AndreaAndrea Guardini (ITA) Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli
2012 Italy Guardini, AndreaAndrea Guardini (ITA) Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
2013 Italy Chicchi, FrancescoFrancesco Chicchi (ITA) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
2014 Lithuania Kruopis, AidisAidis Kruopis (LTU) Orica-GreenEDGE

Mountains classification[edit]

Rider Team
1996 Australia McDonald, DamianDamian McDonald (AUS) Giant–AIS
1997 Italy Scinto, LucaLuca Scinto (ITA) MG Maglificio-Technogym
1998 South Africa Ryder, DouglasDouglas Ryder (RSA) South Africa (national team)
1999 Italy Petacchi, AlessandroAlessandro Petacchi (ITA) Navigare-Gaerne
2000 Mexico Pérez, Julio AlbertoJulio Alberto Pérez (MEX) Ceramica Panaria-Gaerne
2001 Italy Lanfranchi, PaoloPaolo Lanfranchi (ITA) Mapei-Quick Step
2002 Colombia Marín, RuberRuber Marín (COL) Colombia-Selle Italia
2003 Canada Green, RolandRoland Green (CAN) Canada (national team)
2004 Colombia Marín, RuberRuber Marín (COL) Colombia-Selle Italia
2005 South Africa Cox, RyanRyan Cox (RSA) Barloworld
2006 South Africa George, DavidDavid George (RSA) South Africa (national team)
2007 Colombia Pedraza, WalterWalter Pedraza (COL) Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia
2008 Italy Savini, FilippoFilippo Savini (ITA) CSF Group-Navigare
2009 Colombia Serpa, JoséJosé Serpa (COL) Diquigiovanni-Androni
2010 Australia McDonald, PeterPeter McDonald (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling
2011 Venezuela Monsalve, JonathanJonathan Monsalve (VEN) Androni Giocattoli
2012 Colombia Serpa, JoséJosé Serpa (COL) Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela
2013 China Meiyin, WangWang Meiyin (CHN) Hengxiang Cycling Team
2014 Republic of Ireland Brammeier, MattMatt Brammeier (IRL) Synergy Baku Cycling Project

Asian rider classification[edit]

Rider Team
1998 Indonesia Susanto, TontonTonton Susanto (INA) Indonesia (national team)
1999 Japan Yukinari, HidetoHideto Yukinari (JPN) Japan (national team)
2000 Hong Kong Kam-po, WongWong Kam-po (HKG) Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2001 Hong Kong Kam-po, WongWong Kam-po (HKG) Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2002 Indonesia Tonton SusantoTonton Susanto (INA) Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2003 Japan Kano, TomoyaTomoya Kano (JPN) Japan (national team)
2004 Iran Mizbani, GhaderGhader Mizbani (IRI) Iran (national team)
2005 Japan Fukushima, KojiKoji Fukushima (JPN) Bridgestone Anchor
2006 Iran Askari, HosseinHossein Askari (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team
2007 Iran Mizbani, GhaderGhader Mizbani (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team
2008 Japan Fukushima, ShinichiShinichi Fukushima (JPN) Meitan Hompo-GDR
2009 Indonesia Susanto, TontonTonton Susanto (INA) LeTua Cycling Team
2010 South Korea Hyo-Suk, GongGong Hyo-Suk (KOR) Seoul Cycling Team
2011 Iran Emami, RahimRahim Emami (IRI) Azad University Iran
2012 Kazakhstan Dyachenko, AlexsandrAlexsandr Dyachenko (KAZ) Astana
2013 China Meiyin, WangWang Meiyin (CHN) Hengxiang Cycling Team
2014 Iran Pourseyedi, SamadSamad Pourseyedi (IRN) Tabriz Petrochemical Team

Team classification[edit]

Year Based Team name
1996 Australia Giant–AIS
1997 Italy MG Maglificio-Technogym
1998 Italy Mapei-Bricobi
1999 Italy Mapei-Quick Step
2000 United States Mercury Cycling Team
2001 Italy Mapei-Quick Step
2002 Italy Mapei-Quick Step
2003 Colombia Colombia-Selle Italia
2004 United Kingdom Barloworld
2005 United Kingdom Barloworld
2006 Colombia Selle Italia-Diquigiovanni
2007 Chinese Taipei Giant Asia Racing Team
2008 Venezuela Diquigiovanni-Androni
2009 Venezuela Diquigiovanni-Androni
2010 Iran Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
2011 Iran Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2012 Italy Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela
2013 South Africa MTN Qhubeka
2014 South Africa MTN Qhubeka

Asian team classification[edit]

Year Based Team name
1998 Philippines Philippines (national team)
1999 Malaysia Malaysia (national team)
2000 Japan Japan (national team)
2001 Malaysia Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2002 Malaysia Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2003 Iran Iran (national team)
2004 Iran Iran (national team)
2005 Iran Iran (national team)
2006 Japan Japan (national team)
2007 Chinese Taipei Giant Asia Racing Team
2008 South Korea Seoul Cycling Team
2009 Iran Iran (national team)
2010 Iran Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
2011 Iran Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2012 Kazakhstan Astana
2013 Iran Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2014 Iran Tabriz Petrochemical Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wan Lokman seeks a tour de force in cycling meet". New Straits Times. 3 March 1996. p. 13. Retrieved May 2014. 
  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. 
  3. ^ Tan, Anthony (9 February 2003). "Bongiorno triumphs in KL; Danielson safely home". cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved May 2014. 
  4. ^ Tan, Anthony. "Sprintless finale to first day". cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved May 2014. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Greg (23 January 2008). "Fraser's Hill replaces Langkawi's Genting". cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved May 2014. 

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