Mark Cavendish headlines Tour de France debut in Singapore
Singapore will make history as the first Southeast Asian country to host a Tour de France criterium event, supported by leading life insurer Prudential Singapore (“Prudential”) as the event’s title sponsor.
The Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium marks the arrival of cycling’s most prestigious brand in the region. The race will take place from 29 to 30 October on a specially-designed street circuit in the heart of the city.
Decorated British cyclist, Mark Cavendish who holds the joint record for the most Tour de France stage wins (34) will feature among the 32 riders from eight of the world’s best professional cycling teams.
Memorably, he secured four Tour de France stage wins last year. Cavendish is also widely regarded as the sport’s greatest sprinter, with four world titles (three in track cycling and one in road) and an Olympic silver medal.
Mark Cavendish said: “Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium marks a few firsts – a first Tour de France road race in Southeast Asia and a first race for me in this part of the world. Cycling has given me so much and is a great part of my life. It’s a privilege for me to do what I love and I’m looking forward to getting out there and to
share the adrenaline, excitement and fun that comes with criterium racing.”
The Tour de France is the pinnacle of professional cycling – watched by over a billion viewers annually. Elite cyclists compete in a gruelling test as they cover an average of 3,500 kilometres over three weeks in their quest for sporting glory.
In contrast, the Criterium is a shorter race on a closed circuit, which makes the format more suited to
Singapore streets. The Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium race weekend will comprise races for both professionals and amateurs. It is expected to reach millions of viewers through a variety of international broadcasters.