LTDL CAN AND WILL RACE ON
AFTER the completion of its 22nd edition, Malaysia’s biggest annual cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) could face tough times ahead. LTdL chief executive officer Emir Abdul Jalal talks to FARAH AZHARIE of the speculation and his plans
cheapest ever airtime cost but the LTdL viewership is bigger than the three Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana) because we have the viewership of China, Indonesia.
The eyeball is actually much bigger than in Europe, that’s why Eurosports was counting on us with more than six million viewership worldwide. So, I don’t think the race is downgrading, it’s always moving up day in, day out for me.
They’ve made huge sacrifices but they do it for the love of the race. I have the best team and most of our team have been exported to Korea, Taiwan and such doing TV production after being absorbed following their exposure at LTdL.
We even get the race commissaires to train here because it is still the most popular race in Asia.
However, this can only happen after our riders have upgraded themselves to pro-continental level because if I have a World Tour event here, none of our riders can com-