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Tour de Langkawi 2010 route announced

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The peloton at the Tour of Langkawi

The peloton at the Tour of Langkawi
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Representatives of the Tour's organisation: En. Mohamed bin Salleh, Dato' Mohd Yasin bin Mohd Salleh, Haji Abu Samah bin Haji Abdul Wahab, Dato' Mohid Mohamed

Representatives of the Tour's organisation: En. Mohamed bin Salleh, Dato' Mohd Yasin bin Mohd Salleh, Haji Abu Samah bin Haji Abdul Wahab, Dato' Mohid Mohamed
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Dato' Mohd Yasin bin Mohd Salleh signals the launch of the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi route.

Dato' Mohd Yasin bin Mohd Salleh signals the launch of the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi route.
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A member of the Malaysian cycling team rolls off the stage at the presentation.

A member of the Malaysian cycling team rolls off the stage at the presentation.
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CEO of the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi, En. Mohamed bin Salleh presents a souvenir to Dato' Mohd Yasin bin Mohd Salleh.

CEO of the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi, En. Mohamed bin Salleh presents a souvenir to Dato' Mohd Yasin bin Mohd Salleh.
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Malaysia is raring to go for the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi.

Malaysia is raring to go for the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi.
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Local media getting the right angle during the launch of LTDL 2010.

Local media getting the right angle during the launch of LTDL 2010.
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The 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi route is presented in Putrajaya, Malaysia

The 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi route is presented in Putrajaya, Malaysia
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The crowd gathers for the launch of the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi.

The crowd gathers for the launch of the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi.
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The route for the 15th edition of Asia's premier cycling event, the 2010 Le Tour de Langkawi, has been announced today in Malaysia. The International Cycling Union (UCI) Cat. 2.HC event is scheduled to take place from March 1-7, 2010 and will involve seven stages, for a total distance of 1,001.8 kilometres.

The route will feature 13 stage towns, including a venue new to the Tour de Langkawi at Parit Sulong in the state of Johor.

The seven stages will be:

Stage 1 - Kota Bharu - Kuala Berang (174.5km)
Stage 2 - Kuala Terengganu - Chukai (182.9km)
Stage 3 - Pekan, Pahang - Mersing, Johor (144km)
Stage 4 - Mersing, Johor - Parit Sulong, Johor (163.5km)
Stage 5 - Muar, Johor - Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (140.3km)
Stage 6 - Putrajaya, WP - Genting Highlands (103.9km)
Stage 7 - Kuala Kubu Baru - Dataran Merdeka (loop x6) (92.8km)

The route will be challenging because riders will have to pedal against the winds of the South China Sea, especially in stage two and stage three, while stage four will test their endurance.

After a year's absence, the race will once again head to the 'Hors Catégorie' Genting Highlands on stage six. The steep climb will be expected to determine the overall winner.

A total of 20 six-man teams will compete, including three ProTour teams, five pro continental teams, five continental teams, four foreign national teams and three local teams.

Now being organised by the country's Ministry of Youth and Sport together with the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), Le Tour de Langkawi has become one of the most prestigious cycling races in Asia. "Every year, the Tour grows in recognition," said Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Y.B. Dato' Razali Haji Ibrahim at the launch of the event. "We can be proud of this achievement, raising the standard of event organisation to a professional world-class level and further enhance the development of sports in our country."

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