Ravina claims 2012 Le Tour crown

Posted at Apr 18 2012 12:11 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2012 08:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Baler Ravina beat the challenge of the Cordilleras to claim the 2012 Le Tour de Filipinas crown.

Ravina, undoubtedly one of the best climbers in the country, became the first Filipino ever to rule a Union Cycliste Internationale multi-stage race.

It was a grueling and dizzying final stage from Bayombong City over the hills and mountains connecting the Sierra Madre and Cordillera mountain ranges, and the Cagayan Valley and the Mountain Province.

The Pangasinense climber formed an alliance with Nueva Ecija’s Joel Calderon and left behind even the most furious challenge from the foreign riders.

Ravena and Calderon crossed the finish with identical times of four hours, 36 minutes and six seconds. Mornings @ ANC, April 18, 2012