Navy cyclists out to keep top Ronda spots
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.