Tour de Langkawi 2017 odds
Kicking off from the heartland of Malaysian cycling in the East Coast of the Peninsula, 22nd edition of Le Tour de Langkawi set from Feb. 22 to March 1 will take on a rare anti-clockwise route to the West, covering scenic and popular cycling routes which fans can easily relate to.
This race has been annually held since 1996 and features 10 stages over the course of 10 days. In order to invite variety the routes change each year, but the Genting Highlands climb is always included for being the toughest in the tour. There are other contests held within the tour, such as classification points for sprinters, individual points, as well as team classification points for the competing Asian teams.
But there will be no easy days in the saddle this time around.
If Stage 1, a short 130km blast from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Berang in Terengganu can expectedly present the sprinters with the early honors, the 208.1km Stage 2 will see the peloton start off massaged by coastal winds from the South China Sea, but end up across the Titiwangsa Range that splits the two coasts, with the finish in Gerik.
Stage 3 from Serdang (Kedah) to Pantai Remis may be short, but it will be tricky too with a rushing peloton expected to cover the 118km swiftly for another sprinters show in a bunch sprint.
Cameron Highlands again offers itself as the queen stage of the race, with a 174km route that starts in Seri Manjung, meaning the peloton will be stretched out, with the general classification battle taking centerstage.
Stage 5 will offer a touch of the traditional, with a 148.8km stage starting in Tapah and ending in what used to be the traditional setting for the grand finish of the race, the Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.
The sixth day sees another race towards a traditional cycling hotbed, starting in Senawang and ending in Muar, Johor, before the penultimate stage sees the peloton head back towards the Klang Valley with a 148km stage from Malacca to Bandar Baru Bangi.
Muhamad Adiq, 25, the first Malaysian rider won the white jersey for the best Asian rider category, the Le Tour de Langkawi was introduced in 1996, hoping a training camp in Melbourne, Australia can help accomplish this. He said the route this year remains challenging with two climbs, the second stage of jerteh to Gerik is 208.1 kilometers (km) and the fourth stage of Seri Manjung to Cameron Highlands (174km), though no route Genting Highlands which is considered the most challenging in the Le Tour de Langkawi , "The route this year is quite hilly with a lot of climbing. But at the same time, a new coach (Jeremy Hunt) is expected to field a team that specializes in climbing to favor TSG (Terengganu Pro Asia Cycling Team). "In addition to helping TSG succeed, I will try my best to achieve a personal mission to get a podium finish," said the former rider Drapac.
LTdL 2017 then ends with a parade from Setiawangsa in Kuala Lumpur, into the administrative capital of Putrajaya, where a six-lap procession around a 6km circuit awaits before the final finish line of this edition.