The Tour of Langkawi is a broiling furnace of searing heat and severe climbs.
Rouleur photographer Marshall Kappel travelled to Malaysia to capture the race as riders toiled in the in the hot, harsh tropical atmosphere.
His images, in Rouleur issue 17.1 on sale January 27, are accompanied by words from Rupert Guinness, a veteran reporter of over 25 Tours de France.
Miquel Angel Lopez seeks shade in the back of the team van.
A colorful and unique regional dance to start the day’s stage.
Emerging from the blast of the water cannons at the finish.
Crossing one of the coast’s many bridges, decorated for the event.
Water and heat were the key features of this race.
Soaking wounds and sunburnt skin in the heat of the afternoon spray.
No relief from the sun.
Fans emerged even on remote mountain passes in the Cameron Highlands.
A vintage Nike shoe, belonging to Pablo, left with other gear sprawling on the sidewalk after an intense stage.
Never enough water.
School kids cheer the arrival of the peloton through their village.
Disappointment following a finish line crash.
The bright sky of Malaysia.