Friday, February 5, 2016

Legazpi busy for Le Tour de Filipinas; cyclists to go around Mayon twice
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 4 (PNA) -- The City Government of Legazpi is now busy coordinating other local government units of Albay and different government agencies in preparation for the coming 7th edition of Le Tour de Filipinas on Feb. 18-21 for the safety of the participants and guests and make the international cycling race more exciting.

In an interview on Thursday, Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal said the Le Tour De Filipinas will bring a huge number of foreign personalities and local visitors.

The race, Rosal said, will showcase the best culture of the city and promote the different idyllic places of the entire province.

Twelve foreign teams are expected to join in the event, including the Japan Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team, Minsk Cycling Club from Belarus, Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Teams from United Arab Emirates, Japan UKYO Team, NOVO Nordisk from United States of America (USA), Holland Global Cycling team, team of Sauerland P/b Henley and partners from Germany, LX IIBS Cycling team from Korea, Korail Continental Cycling team from Korea, Malaysia Terengganu Cycling team, Attaque Team Gusto from Taiwan and Black Inc. cycling team from Laos.

Three local squads are also expected to participate: the Phil-Cycling National team, 7-Eleven Road Bike Philippines and Club Kopiko Cebu Cycling team.

The cycling race will cover a total distance of 700 kilometers from Antipolo City down to Legazpi City.

The race will be divided into four-stage categories: the first stage will start with a 153-kilometer ride from Antipolo City down to Lucena City on Feb. 18, the second stage of pedaling will be 204 km from Lucena City to Daet, Camarines Norte on Feb. 19 while on Feb. 20 will be the third stage, which is a 187 km race from Daet to Legazpi City.

On the last day of the race, Feb. 21, the cyclists will go around the 147-km 360-degree Mayon Volcano twice on an out-and-back in Legazpi City.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD