CEREMONIAL RONDA RIDE
THE Mindanao Leg of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2016 concludes with Saturday’s fifth and final stage that would serve as the ceremonial ride for virtual champion Jan Paul Morales of Navy-Standard insurance at the Malaybalay City Plaza in Bukidnon.
The 30-year- old Morales has already pocketed the Mindanao Leg crown after he dominated the 21.7-kilometer individual time trial Stage Four in Manolo Fortich on Thursday.
The ITT victory gave Morales 10 extra points to hike his total to 49 points, 14 ahead of closest pursuer and Navy teammate Ronald Oranza (34 points).
All Morales need to officially hoist the trophy is to finish the 3-km criterium.
“It’s finished,” said Morales, originally from Taytay, Rizal, but now lives in Calumpang, Marikina. “I’ll just try to play it safe and just finish the race.”
Morales also topped the criterium Stage Three in Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday and finished second to Oranza in the first two stages in Butuan City last week.
Daniel Ven Carino (30), Rudy Roque (26), Joel Calderon (23), El Joshua Carino (16), John Mark Camingao (12), Ronnilon Quita (12) and James Paolo Ferfas (9) rounded out the top 10.