The international L’Etape by Tour de France amateur series rolled out for the first time in Indonesia at L’Etape Indonesia in Lombok on Sunday 20 February 2022 with over 1300 cyclists from 14 countries.
Event Director Zacky Badrudin designed the exciting Tour de France worthy routes of 124 kilometres and 84 kilometres for adventurous riders, “road conditions are good, the terrain is complete, and the natural atmosphere is beautiful. There are climbs, bends, derivatives, as well as mountain and beach views.”
The 124 kilometre route included riding around the newly built Lombok – Mandalika International Airport, up into the hills of Torok Aik Beliq for the king of the mountains (KOM) competition and through the Kota Praya region where riders competed for the green sprinters jersey.
In the race for the yellow jersey, Christin Wijaya soloed to victory in the 124km women’s category to pull on the L’Etape maillot jaune in 4:09:03 while also winning the green sprinters jersey. Dyah Ayu Cahyaningsih (4:20:29) finished second overall and Catarina Budyono (04:24:18) outsprinted Ferry Silviana Feronica for third. Budyano also won the women’s polka dot KOM jersey.
The victory for Wijaya comes as no surprise, she is a highly accomplished Indonesian endurance cyclist who set the national record in 2020 for most kilometres ridden in 24 hours on Zwift – an impressive 734!
Matt Johnson won the 124km men’s L’Etape maillot jaune in 3:35:15 after dropping breakaway companion Erik Andrianto (3:35:31) during the final kilometres. Juwanto Reza (3:38:02), Febrian Waluyo (3:38:02) and William Goetz (3:44:27) filled the remaining podium positions, with Reza also winning the green sprinters jersey. Setyoro Swantomo claimed the men’s polka dot KOM jersey with a time of 0:05:52 on the 2.3km Torok Aik Hill climb.
With an exciting sprint finish in the 84km race, Shafwan Ghani(2:18:51) won by a wheel over Bahtian Yan in the men’s category, while Sri Laksana (2:53:36) won the women’s category.
PHOTOS: L’Etape Indonesia, Lombock Post