Manila Bulletin

Navy cy­clists out to keep top Ronda spots

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PILI, Ca­marines Sur--Rudy Roque and three fel­low Navy-Stan­dard In­sur­ance rid­ers seek to keep their stran­gle­hold of the top four spots even as Kinetix Lab-Army's Cris Joven tries crash the party when the LBC Ronda Pilip­inas 2017 re­sumes to­day with the 227-km sev­enth stage that starts at the Cam­sur Wa­ter­sports Com­plex here and ends in Daet, Ca­marines Norte.

Just two days af­ter rul­ing the 46.6km Pili-San Jose sixth stage team time trial, Navy sets its sights on the in­di­vid­ual race as it hopes to de­vise a plan to pro­tect their group of the first four slots oc­cu­pied by red LBC jer­sey wearer Roque, Ron­ald Lo­mo­tos, Daniel Ven Carino and de­fend­ing ti­tlist Jan Paul Mo­rales.

Roque has clang onto the over­all lead since day one, and af­ter six stages, leads with an ag­gre­gate time of 18 hours, 12 min­utes and 48 sec­onds while Lo­mo­tos, Carino and Mo­rales are in sec­ond, third and fourth places with clock­ings of 18:13:47, 18:14:43 and 18:15:51, re­spec­tively.

Cris Joven of Kinetix Lab-Army is at No. 5 over­all with a time of 18:15:51 af­ter jump­ing from as far as 24th in Stage One, to No. 9 in stage three and now No. 4.

Round­ing up the top 10 were Go for Gold's Elmer Navarro (18:17:57), RC Cola-NCR's Leonel Di­maano (18:18:01), Go for Gold's Is­mael Grospe Jr. (18:19:02), Army's Lord An­thony del Rosario (18:19:44) and Go for Gold's Jonel Car­cueva (18:20:33).

And Navy coach Rein­hard Gor­rantes said no lead is safe in this kind of race.

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