15 teams battle for Le Tour de Filipinas supremacy

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Thirteen foreign and two local teams will be battling it out for supremacy in the 5th Le Tour de Filipinas scheduled on April 21 to 24.

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Le Tour de Filipinas organizer Jerry Jara said this edition is tagged as the “Triple-X Stage” as it goes to three of the country’s modern highways—the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the North Luzon Expressway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

“It’s green and go for the Fifth Le Tour de Filipinas. Preparations are in place and we are all excited with how the complexion of the race would be this time with the Triple-X Stage,” said Jara.

The foreign teams are Satalyst Giant Racing of Australia, CNN Cycling of Brunei Darussalam, Pegasus Continental of Indonesia, TSR Continental of Iran, Polygon Sweet nice of Ireland, Asian Racing and Team Ukyo of Japan, Track Team Astana and Kazakhstan National Team of Kazakhstan, Terengganu Pro Asia of Malaysia, Attila Cycling Club of Mongolia, OCBC Continental Cycling of Singapore, and UAE Cycling Team of United Arab Emirates.

Philippine Army Standard Insurance Team and 7-Eleven Road Bike Team will represent the country in the four-stage tour sanctioned by Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) and Union Cycliste Internationale—the world cycling body.

PhilCycling Chairman Bert Lina tagged Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Ireland as the teams to beat this year.

Iran won twice in 2011 (Rahim Emami) and 2013 (Ghader Miz–bani) while David McCann of Ireland dominated the first edition in 2010. Baler Ravina bagged the country’s first title in 2012.

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