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Tour de Langkawi ready to roll

The 10th edition of the Tour de Langkawi stage race is set to commence on Friday with an 106.9km romp around this resort island off the northwest coast of Malaysia. The stage will be over almost exclusively flat terrain, leaving the inevitable field sprint to decide the opener. This year’s race features one of the strongest fields that has ever made the trip to this predominantly Muslim nation of 22.7 million in Southeast Asia. Four ProTour squads, Credit Agricole, Discovery Channel, Domina Vacanze and Liberty Seguros, will start the 10-day affair that concludes February 6 in downtown Kuala

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By Jason Sumner, VeloNews associate editor

The 10th edition of the Tour de Langkawi stage race is set to commence on Friday with an 106.9km romp around this resort island off the northwest coast of Malaysia. The stage will be over almost exclusively flat terrain, leaving the inevitable field sprint to decide the opener.

This year’s race features one of the strongest fields that has ever made the trip to this predominantly Muslim nation of 22.7 million in Southeast Asia. Four ProTour squads, Credit Agricole, Discovery Channel, Domina Vacanze and Liberty Seguros, will start the 10-day affair that concludes February 6 in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Unlike most of its neighbors, Malaysia suffered very little damage from December’s deadly tsunamis even though the epicenter was just 400km from Langkawi.

As usual the race will likely come down to the brutal trip up to the Genting Highlands. This year the fearsome hors categorie climb comes at the end of stage 8, which covers 97km starting in Kuala Kubu Baru. The only hitch in that storyline could come during the stage 4 time trial in Bachok. At 20km, the mostly flat run could be tough enough to eliminate some of the top climbers, and give a rider such as Liberty Seguros all-rounder Jörg Jaksche a shot at the overall.

Other names that are possible GC threats include Jaksche’s teammate Joseba Beloki, 2003 overall winner Tom Danielson (see “Q&A:Can Discovery’s Danielson win Langkawi again?“) and Colombia Selle Italia’s Jose Rujano. The Colombia Selle Italia has taken two of the last three overall titles here (Hernan Dario Munoz in 2002, and Freddy Gonzalez in 2004), and team manager Gianni Savio is looking to add to that list.

“We want to win it again,” he said at the pomp and circumstance-laden team presentation at a hotel in Langkawi’s largest town, Kuah.

Danielson’s Discovery squad is one of two American teams here in Malaysia. U.S. domestic power Navigators is the other. Also worth noting is the Crédit Agricole debut of American Saul Raisin who has raced for the team’s U23 squad a year ago. All told 20 teams with seven riders each will be at the startline on Friday.

The entire race will cover 1282.6km, with 11 rated climbs along the way (two Cat 1, three Cat 2, two Cat 3, three Cat 4 and one hors categorie). The race will travel through 11 of Malaysia’s 14 states (Kedah, Perlis, Perak, Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Negeri Sembilan).

Stay tuned to VeloNews.com throughout the 10-day race for reports, results and photos.


START LIST
COLOMBIA SELLE ITALIA (COL)
PEREZ ARANGO, Marlon Alirio
DI BIASE, Daniele
ILLIANO, Raffaela
RUJANO, Jose
SCARSELLI, Leonardo
VAN HOUT, Russell
WILSON, TrentCREDIT AGRICOLE (ITA)
DEAN, Julian
LEBLACHER, Eric
LE MEVEL, Christophe
LEQUATRE, Geoffroy
RAISIN, Saul
TALABARDON, Yannick
VOGONDY, NicolasDISCOVERY CHANNEL (USA)
BARRY, Michael
BEPPU, Fumiyuki
CREED, Michael
CRUZ, Antonio
DANIELSON, Tom
MCCARTHY, Patrick
ROULSTON, HaydenLIBERTY SEGUROS (ESP)
BELOKI, Joseba
ANDRLE, Rene
BARANOWSKI, Dariusz
DE KORT, Koen
HERNANDEZ, Jesús
JAKSCHE, Jörg
GASPAR RIBEIRO, Juno JorgeCERAMICHE PANARIA – NAVIGARE (ITA)
ALLEGRINI, Mirko
BALIANI, Fortunato
BONGIORNO, Guillermo
BROWN, Graeme
LANCASTER, Brett
MATVEYEV, Sergiy
PEREZ CUAPIO, Julio AlbertoACTION (POL)
BONDARIEW, Bogdan
BROZYNA, Thomas
CHMIELEWSKI, Piotr
KRAFT, Dennis
PIATEK, Zbigniew
STAFIEJ, Kazimierz
WADECKI, AdamDOMINA VACANZE (ITA)
BORGHI, Ruggero
BORFANTI, Cristian
GHISALBERTI, Sergio
GRIGOLI, Enrico
IGLINSKIY, Maxim
JURCO, Matej
SOLARI, LucaACQUA & SAPONE – ADRIA MOBIL (ITA)
ASTOLFI, Claudio
BERTOLINI, Denis
BUCCIERO, Antonio
d’ANDREA, Alessandro
KOBSARENKO, Valeri
PALUMBO, Giuseppe
MOSER, LeonardoVALSIR-BARLOWORLD (ITA)
SOUTHAM, Tom
COX, Ryan
GREEN, Rodney
KANNEMEYER, Tiaan
PLAZA ROMERO, David
SALOMONE, Antonio
SULLIVAN, SeanLANDBOUWKREDIET-COLNAGO (BEL)
VERSTREPEN, Johan
VEREHEYEN, Geert
CUMMINGS, Steve
RENDERS, Sven
SIJMENS, Nico
VAN LANDCHOOT, James
VAN DE WALLE, JurgenMR BOOKMAKER.COM-SPORTTECH (BEL)
COENEN, Johan
GABRIEL, Frédéric
LAIDOUN, Julien
PAUMIER, Laurent
TRAKSEL, Bobbie
VAN DE WOUWER, Kurt
WUYTS, PeterNAVIGATORS INSURANCE (USA)
CLARKE, Hilton
DAVIDENKO, Vassili
GRAJALES, Cesar
GRISHKINI, Oleg
LOUDER, Jeffry
O’NEILL, Nathan
WALTERS, MarkWIESENHOFF (GER)
GRABSCH, Ralf
HEPPNER, Jens
KOPP, David
MULLER, Martin
POITSCHKE, Enrico
RADOCHLA, Steffen
WACKERNAGEL, LarsPROTON (MAS)
AHMAD FALLANIE Ali
HASSAN Suhardi
MOHAMMED Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan
MOHD SAZLEE Ismail
MUHAMMAD FAUZAN AHMAD Lutfi
RAZIF Jaafar
RUSLAN MohdjasminTEAM BRIDGESTONE (JPN)
FUKUSHIMA, Shinichi
FUKUSHIMA, Koji
MIZUTANI, Takehiro
MIYAZAWA, Takashi
SHIMIZU, Miyataki
TASHIRO, Yasutaka
SUZUKI, ShinriWISMILAK (INA)
TONTON, Susanto
SAMAI, Samai
MATNUR, Matnur
WAWAN, Setyobudi
THUAUX, Phillip
MCKENZIE, David
BRADFORD, ChrisGREAT BRITAIN (GBR)
HAYLES, Robert
HOUSE, Christian
NEWTON, Christopher
MANNING, Paul
DOWNING, Dean
DOWNING, Russell
WINN, JulianIRAN (IRN)
MALEKI MIZAN, Hassan
KAZEMI SARAI, Ahad
MIZBANI IRANAGH, Chader
SAEIDI TANHA, Abas
DANESH, Jamel
ZARGARI, Amir
SOHRABI, MehdiIRELAND (IRL)
McCANN, David
EVANS, Thomas
GALLAGHER, Stephen
O’BRIEN, Paidi
CASSIDY, Timothy
GRIFFIN, Paul
LACEY, SeanMALAYSIA (MAS)
RAZZALI, Shahrulneeza
HAMAD, Mohd Mahazir
ABDUL NASIR, Mohd Yusof
MUSA, Musairi
ROSLI, Nor Effendy
DAUD, Mohd Fuad
SELAMAT, ShahrizanPAST WINNERS
2004: Freddy Gonzalez (Col), Colombia Selle-Italia
2003: Tom Danielson (USA), Saturn
2002: Hernan Dario Munoz (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia
2001: Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Mapei-Quickstep
2000: Chris Horner (USA), Mercury
1999: Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Mapei-Quickstep
1998: Gabrielle Missaglia, (I) Mapei-Bricobi
1997: Luca Scinto (I), MG-Technogym
1996: Damian McDonald (Aus), Giant-AIS