The organisers of the Tour de Langkawi (Feb. 7th-19th) have completely revamped the race route following feedback from teams and officials.
The main change is the shift of the crucial Genting Highlands stage from stage 2 to stage 8, which should help preserve interest in the general classification. All of the remaining eight stages have also been modified, although race officials are calling the changes "minor".
"The organising committee considered all the views and was unanimous in its decision to slightly amend the route," said Datuk Naim Mohamad, the race's CEO in a statement. "The revised route will follow traditional lines and will be a race of the highest quality, befitting its status as the leading Tour in this part of the world.
"Our technical team responded very positively and were able to design a new route within a short time. We have spoken to the relevant authorities, including the various state Governments, and sponsors and they are all supportive of the change."
25 teams will take part in the 13th edition of the race, which starts in Alor Star on February 9th and finishes in Kuala Lumpur on February 17th.
Stage 1 - February 9: Alor Star to Kepala Batas (182.9km)
Stage 2 - February 10: Butterworth to Sitiawan (159.7km)
Stage 3 - February 11: Sitiawan to Banting (209.4km)
Stage 4 - February 12: Port Dickson to Batu Pahat (175.5km)
Stage 5 - February 13: Johor Bharu to Bandar Penawar (143.1km)
Stage 6 - February 14: Bandar Penawar to Kuala Rompin (182.0km)
Stage 7 - February 15: Kuala Rompin to Kuantan (127.6km)
Stage 8 - February 16: Maran to Genting Highlands (154.8km)
Stage 9 - February 17: Kuala Lumpur Criterium (80.4km)