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Jakarta Post

Tour d'Indonesia stays afloat, eyes higher level

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /  01:07 pm
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Done deal: Indonesian Cycling Federation (ISSI) chief Raja Sapta Oktohari (left) poses with Sis Apik Wijayanto (right) of sponsor BRI during the launch of the 2019 Tour d'Indonesia cycling race in Jakarta on Tuesday.(ISSI/ISSI)

Indonesia’s most prestigious road cycling competition, Tour de Indonesia, is back with its latest edition that will kick off on Aug. 19. The tour, organized by the Indonesian Cycling Federation (ISSI), managed to stay afloat after last year’s confident gig, which marked the resurrection from a seven-year hiatus. The organizer of the event — dubbed “Racing the Element” — has promised to weave together elements of sport, tourism and culture to make the competition more interesting. State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is the main sponsor of the Tour de Indonesia, which will see racers set off from the Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, and greet the finish line at the Batur Geopark Museum in Bali on Aug. 23. Youth and Sports Ministry spokesperson Gatot S. Dewa Broto said the ministry would support the tour by ensuring the stabili...