THE chief of the Asian Cycling Confederation has expressed confidence over another successful staging of the Le Tour de Filipinas, which rolls out its fifth edition on Monday in Clark, Pampanga.
“The organizing committee in the Philippines, which is coming up to become one of the cycling powers in Asia, would be able, as in last year, to put up one of the memorable races of the Le Tour,” said ACC president Cho Hee Wok of Korea, who has served as ACC chief for three terms.
A core group of the annual race presented by Air21 as an advocacy of cycling godfather and PhilCycling chairman Alberto Lina is overseeing preparations in Angeles City during the Lenten break. The group is composed of Alma Lumibao, Joel Golayan, Egay Lorenzo, Haggie Narag and Joel David and a staff from the co-organizer Ube Media.
All 15 teams — 13 foreign and two local — were all at Clark on Saturday. Each team in the Le Tour also supported by Smart, NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX, BCDA, Petron, Victory Liner and M. Lhuillier is composed of five riders each.
“The Asia Tours have played a driving force behind cycling activities organized in every country and are also key elements in the development of cycling sports in our member countries, Asia and the world as well,” said Cho.
“These two factors would be in themselves be very sufficient to describe the importance of the 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas organized in the Philippines.”
The 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas will be flagged off on Monday with the riders battling 160 kilometers from Clark to Olongapo City. Stage Two Tuesday is a 170-km race from Olongapo City to Cabatuan City followed by Stage Three on Wednesday, 146.6-km ride from Cabanatuan City to Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya.
The final stage is the roller-coaster 134-km Stage Four to Burnham Park in Baguio City on Thursday.