Tour de Langkawi 2019 odds
Who wins Tour de Langkawi 2019?
Tour de Langkawi 2019
The 24th edition of the Tour de Langkawi takes place from Sunday 6th April to Sunday 13th April in Malaysia. Being held since 1966, it is a major race on the UCI Asia Tour 2019, despite the rollercoaster start to the year for organisers after the original Tour date in March was postponed by the Malaysian government due to a clash with another major event in Langkawi.
While the new date now clashes with major races on the Tour, the Tour of Flanders and the Tour of the Basque Country, the race is still expected to attract a wide range of cyclist from the World Tour teams, Pro Continental teams and Continental teams.
In the 2018 edition, Russian cyclist Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu Cycling Team) beat Łukasz Owsian (Team CCC) and Benjamin Dyball (Team Sapura Cycling) to take the general classification win.
The 2019 route
Like the 2018 edition, the peloton will once more compete over eight stages for glory in the 2.HC race. The Tour de Langkawi is a race that typically favours sprinters due to its mostly flat route.
The trickiest part of the route is the section over the Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands (although there was no Genting Highlands section in the 2018 race), which often entices the aggressive climbers to attack for victory. If the sprinters can negotiate these hilly sections, then they will be targeting both stage victories and the overall winner's jersey.
The route often has bunch sprints to decide the stages and Andrea Guardini (Team Bardiani - CSF) is a sprinter who relishes these with an impressive record of twenty-two Tour de Langkawi stage victories between 2011 and 2016. He won the points jersey last year.
The Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) and Ovechkin will be hoping to defend their title from 2018 and are leading the way in the Asia Tour. Sapura Cycling and HKSI Pro Cycling are performing strongly as well. Elsewhere, the peloton is expected to have twenty-two teams from around the world.
Astana Pro Team is the pick of the Asian teams but Dimension Data have performed well in recent years. The Asian teams means the best cyclists from Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Korea and more will be lining up for glory.
Up for grabs is trophies at both individual and team level. The overall general classification winner is the main prize, but sprinters will be eyeing up the points jersey, the climbers will be going for the mountains classification, and there are awards for best Asian rider and best Asian team (as well as a general best team).