PUTRAJAYA, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- Seventeen teams, including Astana, have confirmed their participation at the 15th Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from March 1 to 7.
Youth and Sports Ministry secretary-general Datuk Mohd Yassin Salleh said three of them were of Pro Tour status, a continental professional team, 10 continental teams and three national teams, including Malaysia.
"We are still waiting for three more teams to confirm their participation until the end of the month," he told reporters at Wisma KBS here Tuesday.
Astana emerged winners of Tour de France champion last year with riders, Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverda lifting the Vuelta a Espana title.
Meanwhile, LTdL 2010 technical director Jamaludin Mahmood said with the probable absence of Contador from Astana line-up, he hoped other big names would join the fray.
"We are awaiting confirmation from Pro Tour (United States) and Columbia High-Tech and Team Sky, both from England. Otherwise, we may have to invite other Asian or European teams," he added.
List of participants:
Pro Tour: Astana (Kazakhstan), Caisse D'Epargne (Spain) and Footon-Servetto (Spain).
Pro Continental: ISD-Neri (Italy)
Continental: Drapac Porsche (Australia), Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team (Iran), Seoul Cycling Team (South Korea), Marco Polo Cycling Team (China), Aisan Racing Team (Japan), Max Success Sport Cycling Team (China), Le Tua (Malaysia) Team Geumsan Ginseng Asia (South Korea), Azad University Cycling Team (Iran) and Giant Asia Racing Team (Taiwan)
National teams: Malaysia, Kazakhstan and South Africa.
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The 22-year-old collected sprint silver in Pruszkow last year but in the Laoshan Velodrome - site of the Olympic track cycling competition in 2008 - it was the keirin in which he excelled.
He proved too strong for Australian rivals Jason Niblett and Daniel Ellis, who took silver and bronze respectively.
Awang's victory ensures he shares the overall World Cup series crown with Germany's Maximillian Levy as both cyclists finished with 22 points from the four events.
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BPCE CEO Francois Perol was quoted by French radio on Friday as saying Caisse d'Epargne would focus on Olympic sponsorship as it shares the same "values" as the bank.
"There will be a Caisse d'Epargne team competing in this year's Tour de France but the deal will come to an end in 2010 and it won't be extended," Perol told Radio Classique.
Caisse d'Epargne have sponsored the cycling team since 2005. The bank will now support French athletes competing in next month's Winter Olympics and in the 2012 Games in London.
"We became the banking sponsors of the French Olympic committee at the very beginning of the year and we will support France teams in Vancouver and in London and we will also support Annecy's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics," Perol said.
"This decision was taken on managing grounds as we feel we share the same values as those championed by the Olympic movement," he added.
Team leader Valverde (pictured) has been barred from competing in Italy since May for alleged links to the Operation Puerto anti-doping investigation.
CONI have said that blood samples Valverde gave at a doping control when the 2008 Tour de France entered Italy for a stage matched DNA from code-named bags of blood discovered in Operation Puerto.
The Spaniard has always stated his innocence.Reuters
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