Muhammad Elmi Jumari wins inaugural L’Étape Malaysia in Desaru Coast
DESARU COAST, 4 JUNE 2022 – The Malaysian cycling scene gained a massive win in prominence and credibility following the unforgettable debut of L’Étape Malaysia, dubbed “the World’s Greatest Amateur Cycling Event” on June 4 in picturesque Desaru Coast in Johor.
The successful series, which has been organized in over 20 countries including France, China, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil and Australia has now successfully made its way to Malaysian shores which saw the participation of 4,700 participants.
Muhammad Elmi Jumari was crowned the men’s champion in the 140KM individual category with a time of 3:11:11, while Yeong Zhen Yi crossed the line as champion in the women’s 140KM individual category with a time of 3:14:29. Elmi was surprised with his victory, as he had took part only to help his friend. He was rewarded with an all-expense paid trip and participation in the L’Étape Du Tour de France 2023.
The mass participation made it officially the second largest L’Étape race after France, with people from all walks of life converging to share a unified love for cycling. Participants got to revel in several exciting events in the lead-up. This included the cultural performances from Warisan Johor, French Music Performances and French Pastry Classes that took place at the Festival Village on June 3-4.