The Amaury Sports Organization (ASO) has announced that the Tour de France criterium event 2022 will be hosted in Singapore this October. It is the first country in Southeast Asia to host a Tour de France criterium.
According to a press release published by the organizers, the Tour de France will take place on a specially designed street circuit in the heart of the city on October 29 and 30.
The Tour de France is a 23-day bicycle race that covers more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) in 21 stages. It is often regarded as the most famous and prestigious cycling competition in the world. The tournament will feature 32 riders from eight of the world’s greatest professional cycling teams, including British cyclist Mark Cavendish, who holds the most Tour de France win record (34).
The press release stated, “In contrast, the Criterium is a shorter race on a closed circuit, which makes the format more suited to Singapore streets,” the release stated.
“The Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium race weekend will comprise races for both professionals and amateurs and is expected to reach millions of viewers through a variety of international broadcasters.”
TEG Sport is organizing the event in partnership with Evoke EXP. The tournament is sponsored by Prudential Singapore, a life insurance company that will serve as the event’s title sponsor.
Mark Cavendish, Tour de France 2021 winner said, “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.”
Dennis Tan, CEO of Prudential Singapore said, “We decided to promote cycling because it is an accessible and sustainable sport. This sponsorship is a great opportunity to encourage people and families from all walks of life to bond while staying healthy and active.”