Galedo set for lap of honor after foiling rivals
Alfie Catalan steals the spotlight as the overall leaders kept each other in check on penultimate day.

Mark Galedo has all but clinched the title in the Ronda Pilipinas after preventing Irish Valenzuela from launching an attack in the penultimate leg from La Union to Tarlac City on Saturday.

Galedo maintained his 33-second lead by sticking with Valenzuela throughout the 134.4-kilometer stage of mostly well-paved roads from San Fernando, La Union to Tarlac City.

Three-time Southeast Asian Games track champion Alfie Catalan won the sprint finish, nipping hometown bet Elmo Ramos and Jerry Aquino of Bicol. They had identical times of three hours, three minutes and three seconds.

Galedo and Valenzuela were part of a 22-man group that finished just three seconds behind the lead group.

Galedo has an aggregate time of 49:11.58 to Valenzuela’s 49:12.31, with Lloyd Lucien Reynante in third at 49:16.11.

V-Mobile leads the team standings with 146:53.38 followed by last year’s champion American Vinyl-LPGMA (146:56.20), Navy-Standard Insurance (147:06.54) and Metro Manila (147:08.14).

The cyclists will have a short ride from Valenzuela to Manila for the final stage on Sunday.