Kuala Lumpur, the Organizing Committee of the 2008 Tour de Langkawi, with a heavy heart but in the interest of the safety of cyclists and members of the public, have decided to shift the Genting stage for this year's tour to Fraser's Hill, another popular holiday destination in the country. The dates of the race remained unchanged, February 9 to 17.
Due to the Chinese New Year festivities during the first half of February, over 150,000 holidaymakers are expected to converge in Genting Highlands. "This is one of Genting's busiest periods and the management informed us that it would be difficult to totally close the roads all the way too the peak as is usually done," said Datuk Naim Mohamad, the Chief Operating Officer of the Le Tour de Langkawi.
"And so in the interest of everyone, we felt the right thing to do would be to shift the climb to Fraser's Hill," he said. The technical team has surveyed the route to Fraser's and has given the thumbs up.
Stage 1: Alor Star to Kepala Batas, 182.6km
Stage 2: Butterworth to Sitiawan, 159.7km
Stage 3: Sitiawan to Banting, 209.4km
Stage 4: Port Dickson to Batu Pahat, 169km
Stage 5: Johor Bahru to Bandar Penawar, 139.9km
Stage 6: Bandar Penawar to Kuala Rompin, 182.8km
Stage 7: Kuala Rompin to Kuantan, 126.6km
Stage 8: Temerloh to Fraser's Hill, 127km
Stage 9: KL Criterium, 80.4km