The 23nd edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from 18 – 25 March, 2018 is set to cover more than 1,200 km over 8 stages. Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia and managed by Ciclista Sports Sdn Bhd, LTdL is classed as a 2HC race in the Asia Tour Circuit. Fully sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC), the race is considered as one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour calendar.
All continents are represented at this year’s tour which flags off in Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of the peninsula and ends in Putrajaya, the administrative centre of the Malaysian government. A total of 20 teams have been carefully selected to ensure a well-balanced field that gives a chance to cyclists from very different horizons to shine.
Defending champions, Team Dimension Data, will maintain the WorldTour standard on Malaysian roads and represent Africa. Grand Tour wild cards teams Bardiani CSF and Willier Triestina will save the European flavor LTdL has had since its inception in 1996.
Australian team IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness will be participating for the first time. Both North and South America will be represented with returning Unitedhealthcare Professional Cycling Team while Manzana Postobon Team from Colombia will make their debut this year.
Asia will have the largest contingent with 12 teams on the start list, which is one more than last year. All Asian countries with a solid cycling culture will make their way to Kuala Terengganu for the teams’ presentation on 21 February alongside three Malaysian teams like in the past two years. Cyclists from China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Kazakhstan are expected to line up as well.
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