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

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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-

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