TOUR OF METRO: REYNANTE, TANGUILIG BURY HATCHET, POSTED 1-2 FINISH

MANILA, NOVEMBER 10, 2003 (MALAYA) By MARIVIC AWITAN - The past has been forgotten and all is now well between Lucien Lloyd Reynante and Rhyan Tanguillig.

The PagcorSports teammates, who had a falling out in last summer's Tour Pilipinas, posted a 1-2 finish yesterday in the Tour of Metro Manila that started and finished at the Marikina Sports Center.

Reynante, who rides daily through Sucat to and from his residence in Alabang, used his knowledge of the route to escape the group's attention and speed away for the win, which he fashioned in 2:39:32.97 for the top P25,000 prize.

Tanguilig wheeled in with the same time but Reynante pocketed the win after crossing the finish first by a hairline.

They clocked identical times of two hours, 39 minutes and 32 seconds for the 114-km race.

"Nung makakalas kami, inisip na lang namin na kailangang kunin na namin ito, kasi gusto din naming patunayan na kaya din ng mga Pagcor riders na manalo," said the 24-year Tanguilig, an Air Force serviceman.

"At saka maganda rin itong ensayo para sa darating na laban namin sa Southeast Asian Games sa Vietnam," added the two national riders who were greeted at the finish line by their coach Cesar Lobramonte, Pagcor Sports team manager Louie Carlos and Mrs. Sylvia Lina, who represented her husband Air21 chairman and Tour Pilipinas Inc. chairman Bert Lina.

The scenes while the two were racing together and raising each other's hands at the finish was in stark contrast to the one in last summer's Tour revival. The two often joked about being the Batman and Robin of the cycling spectacle, only to be split towards the end of the race when Tanguilig felt Reynante abandoned him in favor of the latter's national teammates.

They said that hatchet had been deeply buried, more so now that Tanguilig is also an RP Team member.

Merculio Ramos of Samsung and Warren Davadilla of Intel, also members of the national team, finished third and fourth, respectively, with identical clockings of 2:40:48.09.

Ronald Gorrantes of DENR Ecosavers finished fifth in 2:40:55.56 followed by PLDT-NDD team captain Albert Primero, Tour Pilipinas 2003 champion Arnel Quirimit of Tanduay, DOTC Postmen skipper Enrique Domingo, Intel's Paulo Manapul and Bowling Gold's Dionisio Mendoza who all checked in at 2:42:25.17.

Tanguilig went home with the runner-up prize of P20,000 and Ramos took home P15,000.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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