LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Mark Galedo is just waiting for an opportunity to launch an attack that will secure his bid in becoming the first back-to-back champion of the Le Tour de Filipinas.
The top Filipino bet riding for 7-Eleven Road Bike has been lurking behind overall leader Eric Sheppard of Australia since Stage One on Sunday, with only three seconds separating both riders in the sixth edition of the international race.
Despite having a handful of chances to try to take the lead in the next two stages, including the penultimate stage of the four-stage race on Tuesday, Galedo felt it was yet the right time to make a push.
The 29-year-old Caloocan-born road cyclist believes the perfect time to make a move is in the deciding fourth and final stage on Wednesday where the riders’ climbing prowess will be tested on a 101.7-kilometer path to Baguio, highlighted by 10.1-kilometer ascent beyond categorization by international standards.
“Susunod, susunod, tapos kung may time na pwedeng umatake, a-atake kami,” Galedo said after finishing 30th in Stage Three from Iba, Zambales.
But the skilled climber knows the competition has become a lot tougher this year with the return of Iranian veterans, although 2013 titlist Ghader Mizbani has dropped out of the race.