Manila Bulletin

Aussies first to ar­rive for Le Tour bike race


Rid­ers from Aus­tralia’s Oliver’s Real Food Rac­ing ar­rived in Le­gaspi City yes­ter­day for the eighth Le Tour de Filip­inas which kicks off in two days.

Oliver’s Food, a re­turnee to the race again pre­sented by Air21, is a club team com­posed of young elite rid­ers who will vie against cy­clists from 12 con­ti­nen­tal teams and three na­tional squads.

Due to­day in the Al­bay cap­i­tal where Le­gaspi City Mayor Noel Rasal and Al­bay Gov­er­nor Al Fran­cis Bichara has pre­pared a warm wel­come are the rest of the field com­pet­ing in the In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union Cat­e­gory 2.2 race that will be ran over four stages.

“The rid­ers of the dif­fer­ent teams ei­ther come in as an en­tire team or from their re­spec­tive coun­tries of ori­gin,” said Donna May Lina, pres­i­dent of race or­ga­nizer Ube Me­dia, Inc. “We ex­pect cy­clists of close to 20 na­tion­al­i­ties to com­pete this year.”

Stage One of the race that has Petron and UPS as prin­ci­pal spon­sors and Philip­pine Air­lines as of­fi­cial air­line part­ner is set Satur­day over a 164.49-km route from Le­gaspi City to Sor­so­gon.

On Sun­day, the 75 cy­clists (five rid­ers to a team) tackle the 177.35-km Sor­so­gon-Daet Stage Two of the Asia Tour event race backed by Ad­vanced Solutions Inc., Car­go­haus Inc. CCN Sports Philip­pines, IWMI, NMM Cus­toms Bro­ker, Phe­nom Sportswear, UFL Philip­pines and WARM.

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