Sun Star Cebu Newspaper July 1, 2010 Thursday issue
by Iste S. Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
CEBUANO Luis “Igi” Maximo ended his bid in the fourth leg of the Philippine Premiere Cycling series Tour of Clark with a second-place finish in the final stage Sunday at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Maximo lost to Dagupan City’s Rudolfo Carolino. Taking third place was Manila’s Allen Santiago.
The 15-year-old cyclist also finished second in the individual time trial and made up for it by winning the second stage, which was the circuit race.
Maximo finished the three-day event by having the best combined finish of anyone from the junior, men and women’s divisions.
“I was the only Cebuano and I feel so proud bringing the hope of my hometown and winning some titles along the way. If given another chance, I am willing to do it again,” Maximo said in an e-mail to Sun.Star Cebu.
He said he realized how hard a multi-stage race is and how important endurance and recovery are to get ready for the next stage.
“In the Tour de France (TdF), which is a 21-stage event spread in three weeks, cyclists get to win only a few stages but the most consistent gets the title. Now that I have experienced how difficult it is in a multi-stage road racing, I can now say that what Lance Armstrong did winning seven straight titles was amazing,” Maximo said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 1, 2010.