Mike Than Tun Win saw an opportunity when he heard bike-sharing companies left thousands of cycles in 'graveyards'.
Their adventure took more than a year, across 13 countries, with a five-hour grilling by security forces in Khazakstan.
6 riders, including defending champion Peter Sagan, broke away with around 55km remaining.
Team manager Amrun Misnuh says the achievement can be improved in the coming years by focusing on training the actual routes of the tour and the mountain stage.
The prime minister says many have fond memories of the cycling event, which enters its 24th edition this year.
The British-registered outfit have been seeking new funding after media company Sky said it would end its ownership and sponsorship at the end of 2019.
Bidons, or water bottles, flying into roadside hedges are a common sight in professional cycling.
The findings showed that all cyclists benefited from a boost to cognitive function and mental health, regardless of which bike they used.
The move follows a trend of starting the Tour outside France with Brussels hosting this year's Grand Depart, German city Dusseldorf having the honour in 2017 and Utrecht in the Netherlands launching the race in 2015.
The Asian Games 2018 gold medallist beats Xu Chao of China in the final.
The Welshman beat out F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane into 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The former British champion had an 11th-place finish in the Milan-San Remo race in 1980 and was 15th in the Paris-Roubaix race four years later.
Thomas, who rode with Wiggins for Britain and Team Sky, told AFP after finishing second in the Tour's Shanghai Criterium that he did not share the opinion of his former team-mate.
Chris Froome will kick off his 2019 campaign by riding in the Vuelta a Colombia.
Alejandro Valverde beat Geraint Thomas and Yukiya Arashiro to take the title.
Chris Froome is still uncertain whether he will defend his Giro d'Italia title.
Chris Froome's quest for his fifth Tour de France title will begin in Brussels.
Lance Armstrong's former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel and doctor Pedro Celaya received the bans for their roles in Lance Armstrong's doping scandal.
Mark Cavendish will join Team Dimension Data's supervisory board.
Mitchelton-Scott cyclist Matteo Trentin won the fifth stage of the Tour of Guangxi, but Gianni Moscon of Team Sky remained in the overall lead.
Martin Toft Madsen beat fellow Dane Mikkel Bjerg by seven seconds to win the Chrono des Nations.
Having finished second in 2013 and 2014, world champion Alejandro Valverde is targeting his first Tour of Lombardy title.
Sonny Colbrelli beat Florian Sénéchal to win the Gran Piemonte.
From lakes, bridges and a marina to grand government offices and a spectacular mosque, the country's federal administrative capital is a scenic and memorable area.