Galedo hangs tough to keep red jersey
Mark Galedo (left) holds a 33-second lead over Irish Valenzuela with two stages left.

Mark Galedo again managed to keep his rivals in check, finishing a strong second to stage winner Irish Valenzuela in the individual time trial in Baguio City  to retain the overall lead in the Ronda Pilipinas on Friday.

Valenzuela poured everything he’s got but could not overhaul the 51-second lead Galedo held entering the race but was able to trim the gap by just 14 ticks.

Valenzuela finished the 19.6-kilometer race against the clock in 44 minutes and 51 seconds, but Galedo clocked an impressive 45:05, and will carry a 33-second advantage into the 157.2-km penultimate stage from San Fernando, La Union to Tarlac.

Galedo had also kept Valenzuela at bay by taking third place in the Lingayen to Baguio stage. He has now held the lead for the sixth straight day.

Lloyd Lucien Reynante took third place (46.53).

V-Mobile (1:37:44.13) holds a precarious lead of two minutes and 57 seconds over AMV-LPGMA (1:37.47.05) in the battle for overall team honors and the top prize of P1 million.

Navy-Standard Insurance is in third place (137:57.22), followed by Metro Manila (137:58.52) and Roadbike Phils. (137:58.54).

The stage was marred by a fight involving sports broadcaster Snow Badua and V-Mobile coach Arjuna Saulo.

A sportscaster of PTV 4, Badua claimed he was upset by Rindole’s allegation of “biased” reporting in favor of another squad, which triggered the fistfight.