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TOUR OF FRIENDSHIP 2011.
4 Colossi riders joined up with our great friends from the Philippines and rode under the colors of Franzia Wine, one of the top Executive Teams in Philippine cycling. The team sponsor being Lucio Cochanco Jr.
Matthew Kenfield at the start of the 1st stage, ITT Tour of Friendship 2011. This was Matt's first stage race and he accredited himself well. On the 3rd stage, he got away in a major break and finished 10th overall on the stage. On the remaining two stages, he was involved in all the major moves at the front and managed to get away in every break. Very aggressive riding from a new boy to the sport and we can expect some good things from him in the future.
Presentation after 4th stage. Mark Cook 2nd and Damian Barrett 3rd. Damian was riding with a Singaporean team.
On the 3rd stage, Mark and Damian got away at a very early stage and rode well together. for over 120 km. They opened up a gap of over 3 minutes on the chasing bunch and maintained it to the end. In recognition of the work that Mark did in the break, Damian in true sportsman fashion, did not contest the final sprint.
On the 4th stage they both got away together again but on this occasion they were accompanied by the Thai rider, who took the stage with Mark 2nd and Damian 3rd.
Mark Cook, with the great Raymond See, manager of Team Franzia Wine, Philippines.
Apart from the success of Mark, Pinpin Uy, the local Franzia boy was 3rd in the first stage and again he showed his top sprinting form, in the final stage by taking 3rd place. Pinpin is one of the top Executive racers in the Philippines and is one to be feared when it comes to a bunch sprint. He accredited himself well in this international event and narrowly missed out on taking 1st place on the final stage, sprinting with a broken spoke did not help his cause.
The beautiful Mae The Fox, who hails from lovely Cebu, was 5th in the final stage. This was her first major stage race.
Keith Powell, from Japan, riding with Team Franzia Wine also got onto the podium on 3 occasions and finished 4th in GC in the 40-49 age group.
Mae the Fox with one of the main men behind Team Franzia Wine Tiboy Reyes and Rene Tablante.
Glen Pendry after a hard day in the saddle.
Glen taking some tips from Mark on how to get away and stay away.
Mark Cook on the podium after being presented with the race leaders Green Jersey in the 30-39 age group at Tour of Friendship 2011. Also present are the other age category winners, including Tony Aspell from Isle of Man, 2nd from left.
Matt & Mark chat at the evening meal
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