LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — El Joshua and Daniel Ven Carino posted a one-two finish in the 185.2 kilometer Bambang to Lingayen race of Le Tour de Filipinas on Tuesday, becoming the first ever brothers in the history of Philippine-hosted tours to take the top two stage honors.
The Carino brothers clocked four hours, 28 minutes and 56 seconds, with the 25-year-old El Joshua taking the yellow jersey from Navy Standard teammate Ronald Oranza.
El Joshua heads into the final stage, a 154.65 kilometer climb from the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol to Baguio City, with a four-second lead over Daniel, who rides for 7-Eleven.
Oranza is a minute and 41 seconds behind.
Korea’s Hajeong Jiung of Uijeongbu and Filipino Jan Paul Morales are a minute and 48 seconds behind.
The 25 year old El Joshua has an accumulated time of 8:17:23.
Navy maintained the team overall lead with a time of 24:56:04, three seconds ahead of 7-Eleven.
Korean squad Uijeongbu Cycling Team in third, 12 minutes and 35 seconds behind, with a time of 25:08:39.
"Strategy naman talaga palayuin lang yung gap. Dito sa last kilometer, nakapagdecide kami na kuhain na talaga, kasi ang hinahabol talaga namin yung time gap," said El Joshua Carino.
With their foreign counterparts focused on Oranza, the Carino brothers worked hand in hand to break away early but were easily caught.
They saw a chance in Sta. Barbara to move and make Philippine cycling history.
"Nung umpisa palang nakabreak kami pero pag dating sa gitna, nagkasama sama ulit kami. Pag dating ng San Jose, di maorganize yung grupo, nagkabanatan, kaya pag dating nung last 30, nagdecide na kami ni kuya na bumanat narin," said Daniel Carino.