A number of cyclists off from the "start" in stage II of Tour de Flores 2017 in Maumere Town, Sikka Regency, Saturday (15/07/20170) Indonesian cyclist from KFC Cycling Team, Muhammad Imam Arifin won the second stage of Tour de Flores (TdF) 2017. In the route of Maumere - Ende with 141.3 kilometers away, Imam numbered 84 finish with a record time of 4 hours 2 minutes 18 seconds. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Scenes From Tour de Flores 2017

JULY 19, 2017

The second edition of Tour de Flores, the annual cycling race in East Nusa Tenggara's main island, takes place in several stages over a total distance of 760.8 kilometers between Larantuka in the east and Labuan Bajo in the west of Flores Island.

East Nusa Tenggara Governor Frans Lebu Raya said the race has had a big impact on tourist arrivals in the province.

More than 832,000 Indonesians visited the province last year, compared with 441,000 the year before. Foreign tourist arrivals also doubled to 140,000 from a year earlier.

"In five or 10 years, Flores will be a coveted destination for global tourists," Frans said.

The riders on the tour had just finished its stage five, a climb to Ruteng at 1,200 meters above sea level.

Stage 2 of Tour de Flores 2017 starts in Maumere on Saturday (15/07). The 141-kilometer stage ends in Ende. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Cyclists ride past a cornfield near Maumere. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

There are four difficult climbs in the race between Maumere and Ende. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Traditional markets dot the roads between Ende and Maumere. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

A stretch of new road in Flores. Many roads on the island have been fixed before Tour de Flores. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Muhammad Imam Arifin of KFC Cycling Team won a close sprint near the finish line of the second stage of the Tour de Flores on Saturday (15/07), becoming the first Indonesian rider to ever top a stage in the competition. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Indonesian rider Imam Arifin, center, won the second stage of Tour de Flores 2017. New Zealander Nick Miller of Australia's Futuro Pro Cycling was in second and Filipino Marcelo Felipe of the Philippines' 7-Eleven Cycling was in third. (SP Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

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