Le Tour de Filipinas

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Le Tour de Filipinas
Race details
Date April
Region Luzon, Philippines
English name Tour of the Philippines
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Asia Tour 2.2
Type Stage race
Organiser Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines
History
First edition 1955
Editions 53 (as of 2014)
First winner  Antonio Arzala (PHI)
Most wins  Antonio Arzala (PHI) (3 wins)
Most recent  Mark Galedo (PHI)

The Le Tour de Filipinas is an annual professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Luzon, Philippines since 1955 as part of the UCI Asia Tour. It is held in April every year. While the course changes every year, the tour traditionally ends at Rizal Park, Manila, although recently the tour has ended in Baguio after being licensed by the UCI. Its previous names included the Tour of Luzon, Marlboro Tour, Tour of CALABARZON, Tour Pilipinas and Padyak Pinoy, before carrying the current name. The most recent edition of the race was won by Filipino cyclist, Mark Galedo.

History[edit]

1955 – 1976: Tour of Luzon[edit]

In 1955, the Tour was launched as a four-stage race from Manila to Vigan race won by Antonio Arzala. But, a year later, the race was renamed as the Tour of Luzon and carried the name until 1976 (there was no tour held in 1968, 1970–1972).

Among the prominent riders include Pangasinan riders Cornelio Padilla, Jr. and Jesus Garcia, Jr., who were two-time Tour champions along with Jose Sumalde of Catanduanes. However, in 1977, a rift within the PCAP (see below) led to a split of two tours during the said year. However, according to the Padyak Pinoy website, the event organized by Geruncio Lacuesta is recognized on their official list. The tour's name ended by 1978 as Marlboro entered the scene.

1979 – 1998: Marlboro Tour[edit]

By 1979, Marlboro became the official sponsor of the tour and the event was named as Marlboro Tour, a name that is commonly familiar to ardent racers and fans. During these times, the tour expanded its routes, by including cities from Visayas in the leg, with the final laps regularly held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

From 1997-1998, the tour allowed riders from Asia to compete in the event and was sanctioned by the UCI. It also led to Wong Kam-po of Hong Kong to become the first non-Filipino to win the event in 1997, after overtaking 1996 winner Victor Espiritu for the lead in the latter stages.

The format used for the teams are based on provinces with the national team included in the race. It was also the same format when Asian riders participated in the event beginning in 1997.

1999 – 2001: End of Marlboro Tour[edit]

In 1999, Marlboro backed out as sponsor which proved to be a devastating blow to the organizers. The tour lost about a possible 60-million pesos to finance the tour. With this, there was no tour held from 1999-2001. To compensate the loss of the so-called "Summer Cycling Spectacle", other groups formed mini-races during the summer.

2002 – Recent years[edit]

In 2002, the tour was revived after Airfreight 2100 of Bert Lina and Lito Alvarez financed the tour. A four-leg race was held in late-May known as Tour of CALABARZON won by Santy Barnachea. A year later, the tour was renamed as Tour Pilipinas, and held a 17-leg race, the longest since 1998. The tour was won by Arnel Quirimit of Pangasinan.

Ryan Tanguilig won in 2004 in a 10-stage tour. In 2005, the tour was renamed as the Golden Tour 50 @ 05, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Tour. 1998 champion Warren Davadilla, who won the last edition of the Marlboro, was the champion. In 2006, several disputes within the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines led to a short eight stage event dubbed with the current Padyak Pinoy name, won by Barnachea.

Its current corporate sponsor is Airfreight 2100, the official brand-carrier of FedEx and Air21, who has founded the tour since 2002. From 1979-1998, Marlboro was the carrying sponsor of the tour before backing out of the tour, resulting in the tour's stoppage for the next three years.

Past winners[edit]

Tour of Luzon[edit]

Year Date Stages Distance Winner Time
1955[1] 28 April–1 May 4 418 km  Antonio Arzala (PHI)
1956 23–27 May 5 1,057 km  Antonio Arzala (PHI) 33:45:08
1957 28 May–7 June 6 1,155 km  Rufino Gabot (PHI) 51:45:22
1958 14–20 April 7 1,517 km  Mamerto Eden (PHI) 61:14:08
1959 12–19 April 8 1,634 km  Antonio Arzala (PHI) 59:44:50
1960 14–22 May 9 1,648 km  Rodrigo Abaquita (PHI) 57:51:02
1961 25 April–7 May 12 2,167 km  Jose Moring, Jr. (PHI) 59:44:50
1962 26 March–8 April 12 1,870.23 km  Edmundo De Guzman (PHI) 61:04:50
1963 21 April–5 May 14 2,334.38 km  Gonzalo Recodos (PHI) 78:27:54
1964 19 April–3 May 14 1,967.60 km  Jose Sumalde (PHI) 60:22:09
1965 25 April–9 May 14 2,049.31 km  Jose Sumalde (PHI) 65:13:19
1966 23 April–8 May 15 1,999.82 km  Cornelio Padilla, Jr. (PHI) 60:45:31
1967 12–19 April 8 1,634 km  Cornelio Padilla, Jr. (PHI) 70:34:57
1968 Cancelled
1969[2] 18–27 April 10 1,208.40 km  Domingo Quilban (PHI) 37:50:29
1970–1972 Cancelled
1973 11–20 May 10 1,214 km  Jesus Garcia, Jr. (PHI) 34:38:38
1974[3] 23 April–12 May 18 2,540.95 km  Teodorico Rimarim (PHI) 78:35:19
1975 19 April–4 May 15 2,207.87 km  Samson Etrata (PHI) 66:18:48
1976 21 April–9 May 6 2,200 km  Modesto Bonzo (PHI) 66:31:10

Tour of the Philippines[edit]

Year Name Date Stages Distance Winner Time
1977 [4] Tour ng Pilipinas 2 May–5 June 24 4,000 km  Manuel Reynante (PHI) 106:57:20
Marlboro Tour ng Pilipinas[5] 7–26 June 3 1,697 km  Jesus Garcia, Jr. (PHI) 55:37:52
1978 Perk Speed Tour[6] 9–12 February 4 405.8 km  Rumin Salamante (PHI) 10:11:10
1979 Marlboro Tour 18–30 April 11 1,900 km  Paquito Rivas (PHI) 60:01:06
1980 Tour of the Philippines 15 April–11 May 21 2,780.83 km  Manuel Reynante (PHI) 83:08:00
1981 Tour of the Philippines 17 March–12 April 21 3,058.81 km  Jacinto Sicam (PHI) 87:25:43

Marlboro Tour[edit]

Year Name Date Stages Distance Winner Time
1982 Marlboro Tour 22 April–9 May 15 2,192 km  Jacinto Sicam (PHI) 61:29:17
1983 Marlboro Tour 16 April–1 May 14 2,313.11 km  Romeo Bonzo (PHI) 63:54:31
1984 Marlboro Tour 26 May–10 June 14 2,464 km  Ruben Carino (PHI) 68:08:49
1985 Marlboro Tour 18 April–12 May 21 3,668.97 km  Pepito Calip (PHI) 97:04:42
1986 Marlboro Tour 26 April–11 May 10 2,900.77 km  Rolando Pagnanawon (PHI) 77:39:53
1987 Marlboro Tour 21 May–7 June 17 3,282 km  Reynaldo Dequito (PHI) 88:06:50
1988 Marlboro Tour 28 April–15 May 17 3,544.53 km  Armando Catalan (PHI) 94:44:03
1989 Marlboro Tour 26 April–14 May 18 3,539.47 km  Gerardo Igos (PHI) 95:40:23
1990 Marlboro Tour 18 April–6 May 18 3,317.42 km  Manuel Buenaventura (PHI) 95:58:38
1991 Marlboro Tour 25 April–12 May 17 2,373.61 km  Bernardo Llentada (PHI) 63:33:17
1992 Marlboro Tour 21 May–7 June 17 2,731.38 km  Renato Dolosa (PHI) 71:21:49
1993 Marlboro Tour 17 April–9 May 21 3,480 km  Carlo Guieb (PHI) 91:41:54
1994 Marlboro Tour 17 April–9 May 20 3,563 km  Carlo Guieb (PHI) 91:24:13
1995 Marlboro Tour 18 March–8 April 19 3,280.33 km  Renato Dolosa (PHI) 83:43:39
1996 Marlboro Tour 14 April–5 May 19 3,257.29 km  Victor Espiritu (PHI) 80:50:46
1997 Marlboro Tour[7] 16 April–4 May 16 2,472 km  Wong Kam-po (HKG) 62:06:28
1998 Marlboro Centennial Tour 15 April–3 May 16 2,494 km  Warren Davadilla (PHI) 64:58:57
1999–2001 Cancelled

Le Tour de Pilipinas / Padyak Pinoy / FedEx/Air21 Tour[edit]

Year Name Date Stages Distance Winner Time
2002 FedEx Tour of CALABARZON 30 May–2 June 4 517.7 km  Santi Barnachea (PHI) 12:41:13
2003 Air21 Tour Pilipinas 16 April–11 May 15 2,849.8 km  Arnel Quirimit (PHI) 55:29:20
2004 Air21 Tour Pilipinas 15 April–2 May 17 2,849.8 km  Rhyan Tanguilig (PHI) 70:28:59
2005 Golden Tour 50@05 26 May–5 June 10 1,492 km  Warren Davadilla (PHI) 37:20:55
2006 Padyak Pinoy Tour Pilipinas 12–18 May 8 1,219.4 km  Santi Barnachea (PHI) 31:10:03
2007 Padyak Pinoy 17–29 May 10 1,500 km  Victor Espiritu (PHI) 33:02:38
2008 Cancelled
2009 Padyak Pinoy Tour of Champions 8–15 May 8 1,070 km  Joel Calderon (PHI) 29:52:33
2010 Le Tour de Filipinas 12–20 April 4 468.8 km  David McCann (IRL)[8] 11:29:20
2011 Le Tour de Filipinas 16–19 April 4 468.8 km  Rahim Emami (IRI) 12:15:34
2012 Le Tour de Filipinas 14–17 April 4 502 km  Baler Ravina[9] (PHI) 13:20:32
2013 Le Tour de Filipinas 13–16 April 4 616 km  Ghader Mizbani (IRI) 16:38:37
2014 Le Tour de Filipinas 21–24 April 4 614.8 km  Mark Galedo (PHI) 17:12:05
2015 Le Tour de Filipinas 1–4 February[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Manila–Vigan Bicycle Race
  2. ^ Tour ng Filipinas
  3. ^ Tour of Luzon–Visayas
  4. ^ There were two Tours held in 1977. The Tour ng Pilipinas was won by Manuel Reynante.
  5. ^ Staged by the Geruncio Lacuesta, acknowledged father of Philippine bikathoning, after a split among the cyclists and the formation of the Professional Cycling Association of the Philippines (PCAP) with Matias Defensor as president. Garcia won the Mindanao stage, Casta the Visayas stage and Gorospe the Luzon stage. It was Lacuesta's last tour as the PCAP took over center stage two years later in 1979. This tour is considered official by the current organization.
  6. ^ No regular tour held; instead the perk speed tour was run Feb. 9-12 over four laps aimed at producing the first cyclist(s) to achieve an average 40 km/h. Starting in Manila and winding up in Olongapo City, the speed test measured 405.8 km.s. Rumin Salamante won the event in 10 hrs. 11 mins., 10 secs.
  7. ^ In 1997, the Tour allowed cyclists from the neighboring Asian countries to participate in the event. Wong became the first foreign cyclist to win the event. Asian riders were allowed to participate in 1998.
  8. ^ David McCann is the first European cyclist to win the Tour. Non-Asian riders were allowed to participate in 2010.
  9. ^ Baler Ravina was the first Filipino overall winner in Le Tour de Filipina that was sanctioned by UCI.
  10. ^ http://www.spin.ph/cycling/news/le-tour-de-filipinas-cycling-philippines-uci-15-teams-continental-national

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