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by Jonas Panerio, Correspondent
Rick Gabuya, Sports Editor
LUIS MIGUEL "Igi" Maximo came away with precious experience and exposure as he competed in the 2012 Asian Junior Cycling Championships and finished in 10th place in his age group during the 115-kilometer road race in Malaysia.
Maximo, the youngest member of the Philippine team at 16, finished in 18th place amongst all the Asean riders and 45th place overall.
The race was won by Japanese Hiroki Nishimura and Yuri Kobashi, respectively, with Chun Wing Leung of Hong Kong collecting the bronze medal.
The trio had a photo finish with nearly identical times of 2 hours 45 mins and 44 seconds, clocking an average speed of 41.71kph in a 115.2km distance of 9 laps around the city roads of Putra Jaya, Malaysia.
"I was hoping for a top ten finish but was not really that confident because I am still young for the event and still lack the international exposure. I also did not have enough time to practice in Manila because I don't want to miss my studies here in Cebu," said the graduating student of PAREF Springdale School./CORRESPONDENT JONAS PANERIO.