The LTdL (Le Tour de Langkwai) would stay unharmed by the issues troubling MNCF (Malaysia National Cycling Federation) at present. The LTdL chief has promised that the upcoming race would be conducted sans any hassle, despite the problems in the national cycling circuit.
This year will mark the 19th edition of the championship which is scheduled from February 27 to March 8.
The LTdL CEO Emir Jalal has emphasized that the internal audit & investigations on MNCF road program expenses by Sports Ministry won’t affect the race.
“Yes, it’s true that funding for road program event is extracted from budget allocated by the government for LTdL- yet it just stops there only. We don’t manage any aspect of the fund & it has been handed over to them straight from government”, said Emir.
MNCF is also sentenced to suspension as the output of the 2nd audit stage directed by Khairy Jamaluddin, the Sport Minister. However, Emir confirmed that this suspension would not leave any impact on the championship.
“When it comes to the race, all the preps for LTdL were managed much earlier”, Emir added in. “This race was sanctioned by UCI & now it’s all geared up to commence on.”
The LTdL chief has earned the sponsorship of Darulkhusus which would provide mineral water for the riders in the race. Darulkhusus is a leading Negri-Sembilan based firm which would be supplying as many as 96,000 E’den mineral water bottles for the championship for around 1,500 personnel, comprising of the riders, staffs & officials.
Meanwhile, Belkin Pro, the Dutch UCI team have declared that their leading sprinter Theo Bos would be making his comeback alongside Greame Brown, the LTdL legend from Australia. The team would be contending for the stage wins & points classification.
The Tour de France always has been considered as one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world of professional cycling. With cyclists preparing to take part in this year’s Tour de France tournament, the route for the 2014 Tour de France has already been released. In the 2004 route for Tour de France, the paths will take the cyclists all over Yorkshire and its premises. Going through the town of Harrogate, where cyclist mark Cavendish’s mom lives, the route will turn by the lush fields of Yorkshire Dales, around the mall of London, through the epic Olympic park in Stanford.
The current champion Bradley Wiggins reportedly said that this route is yet again a perfect path for such an eventful tournament. Last year, the tournament brought in a lot of crowds and the future Tour de France tournaments is expected to pull in people too, if not more.
The legacy of the Tour de France 2014 is said to benefit Yorkshire’s national parks as well. North Yorkshire County Council is reportedly set to have a meeting with the government to cash in for funding the cycling tournaments in national parks in that region. With Yorkshire dale already on the 2014 Tour de France map, things look promising for the future.
The officials of North York Moors National Park Authority also seemed interested in this new venture and earlier regards of not allowing cycling tournaments in the North York Moors might be re-considered after all.
Reports say that all these decisions will be finalized by the end of April 2013 and hopefully, the seemingly unimportant national parks of Yorkshire might get a new purpose and get into the view of the public once again. It has been rumored that all these costs will come around to be 1.5 million pounds in each track approximately.