Le Tour de
Langkawi is a multiple stage bicycle race held in Malaysia conceived by Prime
Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, with the objective of putting Malaysia on
the world sporting and tourism map. Held since the 1996, the race usually
begins in Langkawi and includes major landmarks such as Genting Highlands and
Dataran Merdeka. This year’s race will take place from the 6th of April to the
13th of April for its 24th edition.
Because of the
reputation it holds, the race regularly attracts top teams from the World Tour
as well as other continental and national teams from Europe and Asia. There
were 132 participants from 22 teams from 29 countries all over the world, with
many representing Australia. 12 of our countrymen also took part in the race.
A car bearing the red jersey of Resorts World Genting
Malaysia Berhad sponsored RM1 million in cash and kind, having being the
sponsor for 18 previous editions of Le Tour de Langkawi. So far, Genting has
provided RM13 million to make the international cycling event a success.
Genting also played host of the Stage Four of the race also known as the Queen
stage. Genting Malaysia Berhad will also sponsor LTdL for three years from 2019
April 2019, the participants raced up the 1,865m slope. Team Sapura
Cycling's Benjamin Dyball put himself in a commanding position for the overall
title in the Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi 2019 after winning the queen stage at
the summit of Genting Highlands today.
at the finish line
finishing the final lap of the race
Malaysian participant giving his all for the race
Swirbul from the USA who placed third
After finishing third overall in last year's edition,
the 29-year old crossed the finish line after launching a solo attack, leaving
Interpro's Hernan Aguirre of Colombia and Floyd's Racing's Keegan Swirbul of
the United States, two kilometres from the finish. He recorded a time of 3
hours 22 minutes and 2 seconds.
There were supporters cheering on the cyclists at
different spots along the route including Chin Swee Temple and at the finishing
line at the peak of Genting Highlands.
of Stage Four from left: Hernan Aguirre of Colombia, Benjamin Dyball of
Australia and Keegan Swirbul of the United States.
Dyball finished 23 seconds ahead of Aguirre to
establish a lead that sees him end a 24-year overall victory drought for
The fifth stage on Wednesday will see
riders covering a total distance of 200.1km from Tanjung Malim to Taiping.
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