First race in 2012 for former winner

Tom Danielson returns to Le Tour de Langkawi where he will lead the Garmin-Barracuda outfit, nine years after his overall win with Saturn.

“This race is close to my heart. I made my career there,” commented Danielson, who had only just made the switch from mountain to road riding when he won the race at the age of 25 in 2003. This performance allowed him to build his career with top teams Fassa Bortolo, Discovery Channel and now Garmin.

“Danielson is now established as one of the world’s best riders for stage races,” the chief operating officer of Le Tour de Langkawi Emir Abdul Jalal said. “We’re honoured that he remembers Malaysia where it all started for him. His strong showing here in 2003 paved the way for him to join the world’s best teams. It’s also an important sign of faith to us that Garmin-Barracuda has decided to come back this year. We were the first organizers of a UCI H.C. race to invite them when they stepped up to Pro Continental level in 2007.”

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