MANILA, Philippines — Six local teams, including the Philippine national squad, will test their mettle against riders from 11 foreign entries in the 2012 Le Tour de Filipinas that was formally launched at the Centennial Grand Ballroom of the Manila Hotel.
The national squad of the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) will race under the banner of Smart.
The other local teams joining the April 14 to 17 international race that is now on its third edition are Go21, LPGMA/American Vinyl, Mail And More, Kia and Jinbei.
On the roster of foreign squads in the race that is now a regular on the Asia Tour calendar of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UPI), are TPT Cycling of Iran, Terenganu Cycling of Malaysia, Suren Team of Uzbekistan, Aisan Racing Team of Japan and Dutch Global Cycling Team of the Netherlands.
The other international teams are CCN of Chinese Taipei, OCBC of Singapore, Pure Black of New Zealand, Plan B of Australia, RTS/GiandKenda also of Taiwan and Colossi Miche of Indonesia.
Bert Lina, the acknowledged godfather of cycling, led the launching ceremony and expressed his continuing support to cycling—which is now running for 10 years—through his company Air21, which is returning as Tour presentor this year.
Joining Lina are Dynamic Outsource Solutions, Inc. president and race organizer Gary Cayton, Manila Hotel president and former Senator Joey Lina, PhilCycling president and Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham Tolentino and Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino, as well as former Tour champion and Eagle of the Mountain Paquito Rivas, president of the race management group Philippine National Cycling Association.
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