Jakarta: The UCI category 2.1 international cycling race of Tour d'Indonesia (TdI) kicked off from Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java Province, on Monday, with 18 domestic and foreign participating teams.
The first stage began from Borobudur Temple and will conclude in Ngawi, East Java Province, Parama Nugroho, chairman of the Bank BRI Tour d’Indonesia, remarked here on Monday.
The 18 teams comprise 90 cyclists from 22 countries including France, Greek, Spain, and England.
Of the 18 teams, the four Indonesian teams are Indonesia's National Team, PGN Road Cycling Team, Custom Cycling Indonesia (CCI), and KFC Cycling Team.
"We have made comprehensive preparations and are content that all regional heads, whose cities fall on the race's route, fully support the event," he stated.
The five stages of TdI 2019 are Candi Borobudur-Ngawi, stretching 178 kilometers (km); Madiun-Batu, 157.7 km; Batu-Jember, 195.9 km; Jember-Banyuwangi, 150km; and Gilimanuk-Batur UNESCO Global Geopark, 143.6km. (Antara)