The route of the 2008 Tour de Langkawi has just been announced with the organisers ringing a few changes for the 13th edition of the Malaysian event.
There will be one less stage for the riders to face in
“The Tour begins in Alor Star for the first time since 2001 and after a warm-up on the first day, the riders will all be fired up to conquer Genting," said the event's chief operating officer Datuk Naim Mohamed. "In the past, many riders would have been rather spent by the time Genting comes around, however it will be a different story next year. As all the riders will be fresh, we can expect a battle royale up Genting.”
In another change, the usual final stage, the Kuala Lumpur Criterium, has been replaced by a new route from Seremban to Dataran Merdeka covering a gruelling 153km. A record 25 teams including five Pro Tour outfits and ten from
The race's organising body, Malaysia's Ministry of Youth and Sport, has also embraced the idea of taking it closer to the people. More events will be organised on the ground which should create a carnival-like atmosphere at all start and finish venues, they say. The Ministry is keen to promote cycling at the grass root level and to encourage more Malaysians to get on their bikes as a means to a healthier lifestyle.