FRENCHMAN Peter Pouly of Infinite-Singha dominated the race from Dagupa City to Baguio and moved from eighth to third spot in the overall standings, chopping over two minutes off the lead of red jersey Mark Galedo after Monday’s Stage Nine of the Ronda Pilipinas International 2014.
Pouly, 36, made his move on Kennon Road and finished the 102.1-kilometer stage in two hours, 56 minutes and 46 seconds.
"I'm just happy to win a stage because we are only three in the team now," said Pouly referring to remaining teammates Morgan Siffointe and Vincent Chin Yong after the rest of the team bowed out of the race.
PLDT-Maynilad’s Rustom Lim placed second at 2:58:36, while Galedo checked in third in 2:58:38. PLDT-Maynilad’s Junrey Navarra was give the same clocking as Galedo.
Galedo has an aggregate time of 32:23:04 and is a minute and 12 seconds ahead of second-running Reimon Lapaza of Cycleline-Butuan Mindanao (32:24:16).
Pouly is now third in the overall individual standings with a time of 32:26:46 going into the final five stages.
Roadbike's Marcelo Felipe was fourth (32:27:58), followed by Navy-Standard Insurance's George Oconer (32:28:59) and Santy Barnachea (32:28:59), PLDT-Maynilad's Ronald Oranza (32:30:09) and 7-Eleven's Mark Julius Bordeos (32:30:45).
Lim's effort put him at No. 9 overall in 32:32:46, while reigning titlist Irish Valenzuela of Army finished 11th in the stage to move into the Top 10 with a clocking of 32:33:55.
Pouly also widened his lead in the King of the Mountain race with 51 points, against Lim's 34 and Galedo's 33.
7-Eleven leads the team standings with a total time of 97:23:50, followed by Navy-Standard (97:25:12 ) and PLDT-Maynilad (97:26:52).
This 14-stage event presented by LBC, sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation, Petron, NLEX, Maynilad, PLDT and Mitsubishi, Versa 2 Way Radio and Standard Insurance and minor sponsor Air Asia Zest and C! Magazine, sanctioned by PhilCycling and backed by Shimano Cannondale bikes, the Department of Tourism and Philippine National Police chief Allan Purisima takes a break on Tuesday before resuming on Wednesday with the 88.5-km Baguio City criterium.