The Jelajah Malaysia race will be back from Oct 3 to Oct 7 and will feature 20 teams. File pix by FATHIL ASRI.

KUALA LUMPUR: The region’s oldest stage race, Jelajah Malaysia returns on October 3-7 and is set to feature 20-teams in a five-stage race covering three states in Peninsula Malaysia.

Jelajah Malaysia chairman Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib expressed the importance of preserving the iconic race for future generation of cyclists.

“We want the race to continue on, not just as the oldest stage race but also as a vital platform for the development of our next generation of riders.”

Nazifuddin added that the local teams are expected to come fully prepared and be able to challenge for the overall title this time around as they expect a strong line-up of teams.

“There have been many requests from international teams eager to be in our start list.”

“It will be tough to choose among them but Jelajah Malaysia will be a show that local fans are eager to watch.”

The 2017 edition will have five jerseys in contention – overall leader (yellow), best young rider (grey), king of the mountains (polka-dot), top sprinter (green) and best Malaysian (red).

In its 53rd year, Jelajah Malaysia will be run by new event manager, Life Pro Fit Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile, the Ride Safe Be Safe campaign, Ride with Stars Putrajaya, Ride with Legends and Car Free Morning Alor Setar was also launched as part of the activities in conjunction with the event.

Jelajah Malaysia is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 2.2-grade event on the UCI Asia Tour calendar and the route will be announced at a later date.

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