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by Mark Zalewski
February 10, 2017
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The Tour de Langkawi announced a modification to its 2017 route. The initial route announced in January was already modified from previous years due to cost cutting measures, including not actually racing on the island of Langkawi. However, organisers said the latest changes are due to a federal holiday on 26 February affecting that day’s route.
“We’ve had some tweaks to make, but the changes made actually provides an opportunity for an even more exciting and unpredictable race,” said chief executive officer Emir Abdul Jalal.
“Although there are some hints that the route had to be changed as cost cutting measures, the matter has been sorted out between the organisers and the state government and I would like to thank them for their continuous support. Thus the pre-race events and the opening two stages will be held in Terengganu.
“The decision to go with this route is to ensure that the race will be more exciting, where the battle for the overall title will by no means be settled in Cameron Highlands. I expect it to be stretched into the latter stages.”
The race also said bringing top level WorldTour teams has proven to be difficult this year, in part due to the increase in WorldTour events.