Tour de Langkawi

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Tour de Langkawi
Race details
DateFebruary–March
Region Peninsular Malaysia
English nameTour of Langkawi
Discipline Road
Competition UCI ProSeries
Type Stage race
Organiser Malaysian National Cycling Federation
Web site www.ltdl.com.my/index.asp OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
History
First edition 1996 (1996)
Editions25 (as of 2020)
First winnerFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Damian McDonald  (AUS)
Most winsFlag of Italy.svg  Paolo Lanfranchi  (ITA)
Flag of Colombia.svg  José Serpa  (COL)
(2 wins)
Most recentFlag of Italy.svg  Danilo Celano  (ITA)

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 February. It usually consists of 10-day-long segments (stages) over 10 days, but has been reduced to eight stages over recent years. 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. The race will become part of the new UCI ProSeries in 2020.

Contents

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

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 cancelled 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 race that was supposed to happen between January 30 to February 6 was cancelled after initial consideration of postponement to September in the same year. [6]

Past winners

General classification

YearCountryRiderTeam
1996 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Damian McDonald Giant–AIS
1997 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Luca Scinto MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Gabriele Missaglia Mapei–Bricobi
1999 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Lanfranchi Mapei–Quick-Step
2000 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Chris Horner Mercury Cycling Team
2001 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Lanfranchi Mapei–Quick-Step
2002 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Hernán Darío Muñoz Colombia–Selle Italia
2003 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Tom Danielson Saturn Cycling Team
2004 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Fredy González Colombia–Selle Italia
2005 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Ryan Cox Barloworld
2006 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa David George South Africa (national team)
2007 Flag of France.svg  France Anthony Charteau Crédit Agricole
2008 Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Ruslan Ivanov Diquigiovanni–Androni
2009 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia José Serpa Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010 Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela José Rujano Androni Giocattoli
2011 Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Jonathan Monsalve Androni Giocattoli
2012 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia José Serpa Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
2013 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Julián Arredondo Team Nippo–De Rosa
2014 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Samad Pourseyedi Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2015 Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria Youcef Reguigui MTN–Qhubeka
2016 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Reinardt Janse van Rensburg Team Dimension Data
2017 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Ryan Gibbons Team Dimension Data
2018 Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Artem Ovechkin Terengganu Cycling Team
2019 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Benjamin Dyball Team Sapura Cycling
2020 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Danilo Celano Team Sapura Cycling
2021No race due to COVID-19 pandemic

Points classification

YearCountryRiderTeam
1996 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Damian McDonald Giant–AIS
1997 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Luca Scinto MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Fred Rodriguez Saturn Cycling Team
1999 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Graeme Miller New Zealand (national team)
2000 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Gordon Fraser Mercury Cycling Team
2001 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Bettini Mapei–Quick-Step
2002 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Robert Hunter Mapei–Quick-Step
2003 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Graeme Brown Ceramiche Panaria–Fiordo
2004 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Gordon Fraser Health Net–Maxxis
2005 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Graeme Brown Ceramica Panaria–Navigare
2006 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Steffen Radochla Wiesenhof–AKUD
2007 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Alberto Loddo Diquigiovanni–Selle Italia
2008 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Aurélien Clerc Bouygues Télécom
2009 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Mattia Gavazzi Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010 Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Anuar Manan Geumsan Ginseng Asia
2011 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Andrea Guardini Farnese Vini–Neri Sottoli
2012 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Andrea Guardini Farnese Vini–Selle Italia
2013 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Francesco Chicchi Vini Fantini–Selle Italia
2014 Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Aidis Kruopis Orica–GreenEDGE
2015 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Caleb Ewan Orica–GreenEDGE
2016 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Andrea Guardini Astana
2017 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Ryan Gibbons Team Dimension Data
2018 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Andrea Guardini Bardiani–CSF
2019 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Travis McCabe Floyd's Pro Cycling
2020 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Max Walscheid NTT Pro Cycling
2021No race due to COVID-19 pandemic

Mountains classification

YearCountryRiderTeam
1996 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Chris Newton Great Britain (National Team)
1997 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Luca Scinto MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Douglas Ryder South Africa (national team)
1999 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Alessandro Petacchi Navigare–Gaerne
2000 Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Julio Alberto Pérez Ceramica Panaria–Gaerne
2001 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Paolo Lanfranchi Mapei–Quick-Step
2002 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Ruber Marín Colombia–Selle Italia
2003 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Roland Green Canada (national team)
2004 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Ruber Marín Colombia–Selle Italia
2005 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Ryan Cox Barloworld
2006 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa David George South Africa (national team)
2007 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Walter Pedraza Diquigiovanni–Selle Italia
2008 Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Filippo Savini CSF Group–Navigare
2009 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia José Serpa Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Peter McDonald Drapac–Porsche Cycling
2011 Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Jonathan Monsalve Androni Giocattoli
2012 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia José Serpa Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
2013 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Wang Meiyin Hengxiang Cycling Team
2014 Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Matt Brammeier Synergy Baku
2015 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Kiel Reijnen UnitedHealthcare
2016 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Wang Meiyin Wisdom–Hengxiang Cycling Team
2017 Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark John Ebsen Infinite AIS Cycling Team
2018 Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Álvaro Duarte Forca Amskins Racing
2019 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Angus Lyons Oliver's Real Food Racing
2020 Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff Team Sapura Cycling
2021No race due to COVID-19 pandemic

Asian rider classification

YearCountryRiderTeam
1998 Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Tonton Susanto Indonesia (national team)
1999 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Hideto Yukinari Japan (national team)
2000 Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Wong Kam-po Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2001 Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Wong Kam-po Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2002 Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Tonton Susanto Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2003 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Tomoya Kano Japan (national team)
2004 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Ghader Mizbani Iran (national team)
2005 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Koji Fukushima Bridgestone-Anchor
2006 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Hossein Askari Giant Asia Racing Team
2007 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Ghader Mizbani Giant Asia Racing Team
2008 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Shinichi Fukushima Meitan Hompo-GDR
2009 Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Tonton Susanto LeTua Cycling Team
2010 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Gong Hyo-Suk Seoul Cycling Team
2011 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Rahim Emami Azad University Iran
2012 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Alexsandr Dyachenko Astana
2013 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Wang Meiyin Hengxiang Cycling Team
2014 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Samad Pourseyedi Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2015 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan Racing Team
2016 Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Adiq Husainie Othman Terengganu Cycling Team
2017 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Hideto Nakane Nippo–Vini Fantini
2018 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Yevgeniy Gidich Astana
2019 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Vadim Pronskiy Astana City
2020 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Yevgeniy Fedorov Vino–Astana Motors
2021No race due to COVID-19 pandemic

Team classification

YearBasedTeam name
1996 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Giant–AIS
1997 Flag of Italy.svg MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998 Flag of Italy.svg Mapei–Bricobi
1999 Flag of Italy.svg Mapei–Quick-Step
2000 Flag of the United States.svg Mercury Cycling Team
2001 Flag of Italy.svg Mapei–Quick-Step
2002 Flag of Italy.svg Mapei–Quick-Step
2003 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia–Selle Italia
2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Barloworld
2005 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Barloworld
2006 Flag of Colombia.svg Selle Italia–Diquigiovanni
2007 Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Giant Asia Racing Team
2008 Flag of Venezuela.svg Diquigiovanni–Androni
2009 Flag of Venezuela.svg Diquigiovanni–Androni
2010 Flag of Iran.svg Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2011 Flag of Iran.svg Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2012 Flag of Italy.svg Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
2013 Flag of South Africa.svg MTN–Qhubeka
2014 Flag of South Africa.svg MTN–Qhubeka
2015 Flag of Indonesia.svg Pegasus Continental Cycling Team
2016 Flag of the United States.svg UnitedHealthcare
2017 Flag of Australia (converted).svg IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness
2018 Flag of Italy.svg Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia
2019 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Floyd's Pro Cycling
2020

Asian team classification

YearBasedTeam name
1998 Flag of the Philippines.svg Philippines (national team)
1999 Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia (national team)
2000 Flag of Japan.svg Japan (national team)
2001 Flag of Malaysia.svg Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2002 Flag of Malaysia.svg Telekom Malaysia Cycling Team
2003 Flag of Iran.svg Iran (national team)
2004 Flag of Iran.svg Iran (national team)
2005 Flag of Iran.svg Iran (national team)
2006 Flag of Japan.svg Japan (national team)
2007 Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Giant Asia Racing Team
2008 Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul Cycling Team
2009 Flag of Iran.svg Iran (national team)
2010 Flag of Iran.svg Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2011 Flag of Iran.svg Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2012 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana
2013 Flag of Iran.svg Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2014 Flag of Iran.svg Tabriz Petrochemical Team
2015 Flag of Indonesia.svg Pegasus Continental Cycling Team
2016 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wisdom–Hengxiang Cycling Team
2017 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Vino–Astana Motors
2018 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana
2019 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Vino–Astana Motors
2020

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