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Le Tour De Langkawi can be viewed as the Asian reply to the famed Tour de France. An annual cycle race, Le Tour De Langkawi is a major sporting event in the beautiful nation of Malaysia. Organized by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, this rally is sanctioned by institutions like- Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Asian Cycling Confederation.
The first edition of Le Tour De Langkawi was flagged off in the year 1996 under the patronage of the then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad. This was the beginning of what was going to be the largest cycling event in Asia.
The course of the race includes several destinations of Malaysia with stipulate distance to be covered in a particular day. It ranges from 156 km to 94 kms in a day. At the end of the race each cyclist paddles past some more than 1300 kms in a span of ten days.
A total of four jerseys participate in the event- Yellow Jersey (General Classification), Green Jersey (Points Sprint Winners), Red Polka-Dot Jersey (King Of The Mountain Winners) and Blue Jersey (The Best Asian Riders). There is a winner in each category. Further, competition id equally tough for the titles of The Best Asian Team and The Best Overall Team.