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Prudential Singapore Criterium promises a thrilling experience, starting with Tadej Pogacar’s debut

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Tadej Pogacar, a multiple Tour de France champion and current world No. 1 in cycling, is the first rider to be confirmed for the next Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium on October 28–29 later this year. Tadej Pogacar, a multiple Tour de France champion and current world No. 1 in cycling, is the first rider to be confirmed for the next Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium on October 28–29. The Slovenian is one of the sport's top talents and recently finished second to Jonas Vingegaard in this year's Tour de France after an epic struggle. He also won the event in 2020 and 2021.



(From Left to Right) On Stage 21 of the Tour de France 2023, Jasper Philipsen, Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, and Giulio Ciccone are seen heading toward the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France.

Credit: Pauline Ballet / Amaury Sport Organization


The 24-year-old UAE Team Emirates finished second in the Tour de France but has won numerous other races, including the Vuelta a Andalucia, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, Amstel Gold Race, and La Fleche Wallonne, to take the lead in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) rankings. He leads Remco Evenepoel, who is in second position, by more over 1,500 points. "I'm thrilled to announce that I will take part in the Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium on October 29th", Pogacar said. "Looking forward to riding in my white jersey for the final time this year while competing on the streets of Singapore. Singapore, I'll see you shortly.".


Fans will be hoping that Pogacar may pick up their battle with Vingegaard on the streets of downtown Singapore when he makes his Singapore debut. This tantalizing possibility would further heighten the prestige of the Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium. However, the Singapore field won't be fully confirmed until September. "The last edition of the Tour de France was an outstanding success, attracting large crowds on the roadsides in France and large audiences in the media worldwide," said Mr. Jean-Etienne Amaury, President of the Amaury Sport Organization, which owns and organizes the race.


"Singapore is the ideal location to have a Tour de France Criterium because it is the hub of cycling in South-East Asia. Singapore, a city renowned for its ingenuity and variety, has embraced the Tour de France's ethos of unification and global cooperation. "We are excited to host the second Tour de France Criterium on a racecourse that will provide cycling fans in Singapore and across the world with an amazing spectacle. We are grateful and proud to have Singapore as a member of the Tour de France family as Singapore is now a part of the Tour's history and worldwide legacy. The Executive Director for Sports and Wellness of the Singapore Tourism Board, Ms. Ong Ling Lee, continued, "We are thrilled to welcome the Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium back to Singapore for its second edition. This prestigious event will bring the greatest of cycling to Singapore and highlight our city to the rest of the globe as the best cyclists in the world race by some of Singapore's most famous monuments, including the Merlion and Esplanade. In addition to the circuit, spectators and riders may take advantage of all Singapore has to offer.


The Executive Director for Sports and Wellness of the Singapore Tourism Board, Ms. Ong Ling Lee, continued, "We are thrilled to welcome the Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium back to Singapore for its second edition. This prestigious event will bring the greatest of cycling to Singapore and highlight our city to the rest of the globe as the best cyclists in the world race by some of Singapore's most famous monuments, including the Merlion and Esplanade. In addition to the circuit, spectators and riders may take advantage of all Singapore has to offer.



New route along Suntec City


The world's top cyclists will compete in races on a brand-new Suntec City street circuit, which will prominently highlight Suntec City's renowned Fountain of Wealth. The same location will later serve as the backdrop for a number of international music performers as they conclude an exciting weekend with a music festival, riding on the 2023 theme of "Fast & Fearless". Following a cooperation with Suntec City, Singapore, one of the largest shopping and lifestyle attractions in the Lion City, the event will be the first in Singapore to include Suntec City's distinctive roundabout. The intersection pays homage to the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris, which served as the backdrop for the Tour de France's final stage. The fastest rider to cross the finish line first will be crowned the champion when 32 elite cyclists from eight of the world's top professional teams begin off on the 3.0 km street circuit.



Before circling the Fountain of Wealth, riders will launch right outside Suntec City and sprint along Temasek Boulevard. Following that, they will travel along Nicoll Highway and Esplanade Drive before making a loop at Fullerton Road. Some of Singapore's most recognizable sites, including the War Memorial Park, the Esplanade, the Merlion, and the Fountain of Wealth, are included in the street circuit. The first Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium was held in 2022, and participants included four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, the joint record holder for the most Tour de France stage victories which is 34 for Mark Cavendish, and eventual winner Vingegaard.


As the property manager of Suntec City in Singapore, Mr. Ivan Koh, CEO of APM Property Management Pte Ltd, stated: "Suntec City was established with a mission to be a global centre for commerce and culture. This ambition is now a reality thanks to our collaboration with the Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium, which has established Suntec City as a major destination for sports tourism and excellence. This reinforces the fact that we are one of Singapore's top tourist destinations for dining, shopping, and entertainment. It will be a legendary event that highlights the finest of Singapore as the top riders in the world race through the Marina Central neighborhood and around our famous monument, the Fountain of Wealth.".


Back as title sponsor and official wellness partner is Prudential Singapore


Prudential Singapore's PRURide Seeker's Criterium is the sole opportunity for non-professional cyclists to compete on the same street circuit throughout the race weekend, and it is open to amateur riders and enthusiasts. On August 1, 2023, registration for the PRURide Seeker's Criterium will open.


The PRURide Seeker's Society, an exclusive club established in 2022 as part of the event's title sponsorship, is another option for riders to join. riding enthusiasts can access free riding workshops through the club and receive expert mentoring to hone their abilities in preparation for a chance to compete on the circuit.


As the event's title sponsor for the second consecutive year, Mr. Goh Theng Kiat, Chief Customer Officer of Prudential Singapore, stated: "We're particularly delighted to celebrate cycling in Singapore and to urge everyone to adopt healthier lifestyles so that they will be ready to live well for longer. Through the PRURide Seeker's Criterium, we also hope to provide participants the chance to witness a professional race and help them improve as cyclists by introducing them to like-minded people.


Visit https://www.prudential.com.sg/campaigns/tdfsg-criterium-2023 for further details.


DHL and Skoda will support Singapore Criterium as well


Additionally supporting the event are the Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda and the international logistics company DHL.

The Tour de France Singapore Criterium will be brought to fans in the region Singapore for the second year, said Mr. Christopher Ong, Managing Director of DHL Express Singapore. "As the world's leading logistics company, we are happy to connect the cycling communities in the region," he added. Cycling is an environmentally friendly activity that also reflects the speed and passion that DHL Express values as a leading express delivery service, which is in keeping with our mission to be a pioneer in green logistics.


The legendary automaker Skoda, a steadfast supporter of cycling, is honored to serve as the Official Automotive Partner for the second Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium. Skoda Singapore is eager to once again offer its top-notch automobiles for race support and seamless transportation of the cyclists during this exciting event. Skoda Singapore has a long history with the sport of cycling and has been the official vehicle partner of the Tour de France since 2004. Skoda is the ideal choice to support and enhance the thrilling trip of the second Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium because of its history for building dependable, inventive, and performance-driven automobiles.


Through this collaboration, Skoda hopes to continue its tradition of excellence in advancing cycling and generating an unrivaled experience for both participants and spectators. "I am thrilled to reaffirm our role as the Official Automotive Partner for the second iteration of the Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium," Dr. Kurt Leitner, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Singapore stated. The constant commitment that Skoda has to cycling and its long association with the Tour de France make it the ideal partner for this esteemed event. We are convinced that the event will be a smashing success and offer an unforgettable experience for both riders and spectators thanks to Skoda's dependable and high-performance vehicles.


This year, Absolute Cycle is also returning. Absolute Cycle is a fitness program developed to offer a comprehensive workout, with each cycle featuring the ideal balance of music, action, and inspiration. "Absolute Cycle is excited to return this year, bringing more exciting rides for the people and showcasing another side of cycling that really challenges one's stamina, endurance, and rhythm," said Ms. Wathone Oo, general manager of Absolute Cycle.


Continued by Ms. Agnes Goh, managing director of EVOKE EXP, "we are humbled to have so many strong brands recognize the value of the Tour de France Prudential Singapore Criterium. Let's all paint the town yellow and be Fast & Fearless!" We can't wait to provide what promises to be a very thrilling and memorable experience thanks to a world-class field and world-class partners.



Starting on August 18, tickets for the Criterium will be available at https://singaporecriterium.com/

Doors will open on October 28, 2023 at 3 p.m., and the Criterium team presentation is scheduled for same Saturday at 5 p.m. The primary race will start on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 4 p.m., and an afterparty will start at the Fountain of Wealth at 6.30 p.m.







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