Tour Pilipinas Stage 3: Wily Warren wins 3rd lap

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    Wily Warren wins 3rd lap By Bobby Rondez Manila Times

    DAET, Camarines Norte (via PLDT)-Warren Davadilla finally broke through with a lap victory
    everybody expected him to get, ruling the 98-kilometer third stage from Naga City to this Bicol hub
    on Monday by beating two equally young riders in a mad sprint to the finish in the Air 21 Tour
    Pilipinas bikathon.

    Davadilla, the last champion of a full-length Tour in 1998, before the summer classic was revived
    this year, joined a six-man lead group just 15 kilometers from the start before nipping Alfie
    Catalan of Bowling Gold and Patrol 117 captain Bernard Luzon by half a wheel at the finish line, to
    the delight of an appreciative crowd.

    The 27-year-old skipper of Team Intel thus wound up the massed start race in two hours, 18 minutes
    and 42 seconds, the same time given to Catalan and Luzon, who came in a wheel apart after they took
    turns in pacing the pack throughout the short but hilly race but lost steam in the stretch.

    "When the leaders bunched up in the last 20 kilometers, I took a chance and grabbed the lead, then
    used the sprint near the finish (to win)," said Davadilla, an Airman Second Class detailed with the
    Air Force's special service command.

    His victory, however, wasn't enough to shake up the overall standings- although he did improve two
    places to 16th overall-as fellow national cyclist and Tanduay Distillers captain Arnel Quirimit
    continued to hold sway in the individual race with a conservative run from the capital of
    Camarines Sur.

    Quirimit's three-day time aggregate of 8:53.31 gave him a five- minute, five-second lead over second
    placer and Tour of Calabarzon champion and Bowling Gold skipper Santy Barnachea, while Tanduay
    likewise remained on top of the team rankings

    Pagcor Sports, anchored by its 1-2 punch Rhyan Tanguilig and Lloyd Reynante who finished just two
    seconds behind Davadilla, won team honors for the stage but remained in fourth overall behind the
    Rhum Riders' overall time of 36:14:46.50.

    Although he finished seventh for the lap, Quirimit, who won the Legaspi-Sorsogon-Legaspi first stage
    on Saturday and led his team to the time trial victory in the second lap from Daraga in Albay to
    Naga the following day, added a minute to his lead over Barnachea and will try to keep the yellow
    jersey for the fourth straight day.

    That's because the Tanduay ace and the rest of the 84-man field will have to brace themselves for
    today's fourth lap-a 207.1-km massed start from here to Lucena City, the third-longest leg in the
    15- stage, 18-day cycling odyssey.

    -- ------------------- Quirimit unmoved by ex-champ's win Apr. 29, 2003 By June Navarro Philippine
    Daily Inquirer

    DAET, Camarines Norte -- Tanduay's Arnel Quirimit padded his overall lead Monday even as Warren
    Davadilla of Intel showed the way home for an eight-man lead pack to rule the third lap of the Tour
    Pilipinas 2003 bikathon here.

    Flashing the form that crowned him as 1998 Tour champion, the 27-year- old Davadilla pushed his
    weary legs to the limit in the last 200 meters to cross the line just ahead of his two former
    national teammates.

    Davadilla nipped Alfie Catalan of Bowling Gold for lap honors with Patrol 117 skipper Bernard Luzon
    settling for third.

    The three, who left their breakaway partners that included Quirimit, Luzon and Lloyd Reynante of
    Pagcor Sports in the mad scramble in the last 100 meters, clocked two hours, 18 minutes and 42
    seconds for the 98-km ride from Naga City in Camarines Sur province.

    "All I wanted was to cut the time deficit and enter the Magic 10. It never crossed my mind to take
    this lap," said Davadilla, who climbed two notches from 18th, in Pilipino.

    Despite finishing ninth, Quirimit increased his advantage over Bowling Gold skipper Santy Barnachea
    to five minutes and five seconds.

    Barnachea finished 17th for the day, a minute and four seconds behind Davadilla.

    "There's nothing to fear even though I didn't win the lap. In fact, I sacrificed this stage because
    my closest pursuers were not even in the lead pack," said Quirimit, who has trained his sights on
    the 200,000-peso top individual prize.

    Quirimit checked in two seconds behind Davadilla in the company of Lito Atilano of Gilbeys Island
    Punch, Rhyan Tanguilig of Pagcor Sports, Ronald Gorantes (EcoSavers) and Reynante.

    With Davadilla, Catalan and Luzon leading the way, the day's leading riders bolted from the main
    pack in the last 15 km of the easy drive from Naga City.

    Merculio Ramos of Samsung kept third overall (5:16 behind Quirimit) followed by Tour veteran Placido
    Valdez of Drug Busters, who switched places with Eusebio QuiƱones of Patrol 117.

    Former champion Rolando Pagnanawon, the oldest rider here at 43, clung to sixth place, Gorantes
    stayed in seventh and Reynante took over No. 8 as two-time winner Carlo Guieb dropped to 10th behind

    Tanduay stayed on top of the team standings but is in danger of being overhauled by Bowling Gold,
    which moved within 16 seconds off the leader.

    Patrol 117 and Pagcor Sports held third and fourth, respectively, in the team race while EcoSavers,
    Samsung, Vat Riders and Intel kept their positions in the race for the top team prize of one
    million pesos.

    The Postmen climbed one notch from 10th to 9th and Gilbeys Island Punch improved to 10th overall in
    the race sponsored by Accel, Longines, Lipovitan and Selle Italia.

    The Drugbusters and PLDT-NDD fell to 11th and 12th, respectively.

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