2016 International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen preview

For the first time this year, the UCI Asia Tour peloton heads to Indonesia for the fifth edition of the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen.

BACKGROUNDER
Let s start off with some good news for those Asia Tour watchers who may still have the recent farce in Malaysia fresh in their minds: the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen is being run by local government the Regency (municipality) of Banyuwangi to be exact and everything appears to be tip-top ahead of the first stage on Wednesday.

In fact, the racing scene in Indonesia generally looks to be in good shape. The Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen is the first of four UCI Asia Tour events to be held in the country for 2016, including two new races scheduled to take place ahead of the eighth Tour de Singkarak in August.

What sets the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen apart from other stage races in Indonesia is its unique topography there are almost as many volcanic cones littered across East Java as there are sunburnt holidaymakers in neighbouring Bali. The whole four-day affair is a compact 567.2 kilometres, but the lay of the land permits the organiser to strike a good balance with one spectator-friendly circuit race, two rolling point-to-point stages, and a killer final stage with a proper hors categorie summit finish.

According to ITDBI Chairman Guntur Priambodo, ongoing annual improvements made to the race have attracted praise from the UCI and the next major objective is to secure 2.1 status as early as 2017.

There s much to like about this race, including its ITDBI abbreviation that is far easier to write (and also anchors the official hashtag #ITDBI2016 on social media).

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WEATHER
Hot and humid, with temperatures between 30-35 C during the day, dipping into the mid 20?s overnight.

TEAMS BREAKDOWN
As per article 2.1.005 of the UCI regulations, the 2016 Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen is open to the following teams: UCI Professional Continental, UCI Continental, National, Regional and Club. In accordance with article 2.2.003, teams must have a minimum of four, and maximum of eight, riders the actual number being set by the organiser, which for ITDBI is five riders per team. Of the 20 teams expected to participate, 12 will be at UCI Continental level with the remainder club and national teams.

START LIST (posted 10.05): link

LEADER S JERSEYS

Four jerseys will be awarded at the conclusion of each stage:

Leader of General Classification Yellow Leader of Points Classification Green Leader of King of the Mountains (KOM) Classification Polka Dots

Leader of best Indonesian Rider Classification Red and White

PRIZE MONEY
This year s race sees the overall prize purse double from around IDR700m (~USD50 000) awarded in previous editions to IDR1 400 000 000 (~USD105 200), making Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen won of the richest UCI AsiaTour races outside of China (the 2015 Tour de Qinghai Lake offered an astonishing USD1m in prize money). Prize distribution for the major categories:

Overall winner (individual) = IDR75 000 000 (USD5 630) Overall team = IDR100 000 000 (USD7 500) Overall Indonesian team = IDR20 000 000 (USD1 500) Overall KOM = IDR20 000 000 (USD1 500) Overall Points = IDR20 000 000 (USD1 500) Overall Indonesian Rider = IDR20 000 000 (USD1 500)

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Stage winner = IDR15 000 000 (USD1 125)

MEDIA OUTREACH
Promotion of the race to an international audience has so far been above average for a UCI Asia Tour event. Even though the official website (which has materialised only four days ahead of the race start) is a lean affair limited to basic route information and a few passages pulled from the race manual, it loads fast and has easily-located links to more information.

Crucially, both the official Facebook and Twitter accounts have been active and responsive to questions, though it looks as though the Instagram account used last year might not be called into service for 2016. Race followers wanting to learn more about Banyuwangi places, food and customs, can also visit the municipality s informative FB and Twitter streams.

One major element generally missing at Asia Tour races is a live online broadcast, or any footage at all. Happily, the live stream used in previous editions will also be resurrected this year. If there are any daily video highlights, they will be found at the race s YouTube channel.

In summary, communications have come a long way since the inaugural event in 2012 and the responsiveness of ITDBI media personnel has so far been commendable.

RESULTS
Click here to see results from each stage

STAGES AND PROFILES

Stage 1 | Glenmore Taman Blambangan, 171.4 Km
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 (starts 09:00 local time)

Stage 2 | RTH Maron Taman Blambangan, 145.7 KmThursday, 12 May 2016 (starts 09:00 local time)

Stage 3 | Grand Watudodol Taman Blambangan, 127.1 Km
Friday, 13 May 2016 (starts 13:30 local time)

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Stage 4 | TPI Muncar Paltuding Ijen, 123 Km

Saturday, 14 May 2015 (starts 09:00 local time)

STAGE RESULTS

Stage 1 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 1 official results sheet, revised (PDF)
Stage 2 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 3 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 4 official results sheet (PDF)
Stage 4 official results sheet, revised (PDF)

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