LANGKAWI – The seventh stage of the 2015 Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from Shah Alam will end at Fraser’s Hill instead of Genting Highlands, said LTdL Technical Director, Geoff Kronenburg.
He said the decision to shift the finish line was made due to the ongoing construction work in Genting Highlands.
“We will still start the seventh stage in Shah Alam, going all the way to Janda Baik in Bentong before heading to Fraser’s Hill, covering a total distance of 177km (instead of 105.7km of original path).
“The new path has climbing zones in Genting Sempah and Fraser’s Hill,” he told reporters after the unveiling of teams participating in 2015 LTdL, which was graced by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir at Dataran Lang, here Saturday night.
Genting Highlands route had always been the highlight of LTdL race since its inception in 1996 due to its mountainous height.
Kronenburg said all team managers had been informed about the change.
He also pointed out that the change would not affect the status of the 2.0 Hors Classe race, saying that it would be an open race for all riders, either sprinter or climber.
“The race will be interesting as all the participating teams will certainly change their tactical strategies towards the final stage,” he said.
Meanwhile, LTdL patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad agreed with the organiser’s decision to shift the finish line of the seventh stage to Fraser’s Hill to ensure safety of the riders.
“We cannot avoid this change because there is an ongoing construction work on the route to Genting (Highlands),” said Tun Dr Mahathir, who is also former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The 2015 LTdL will kick-off, tomorrow with the first stage of 99.2km to begin and end at Pantai Cenang here. – Bernama