SORSOGON CITY — Mark Galedo could not respond to early attacks, and found himself with a lot of catching up to do after just one stage of the 8th Le Tour de Filipinas.
The main man of the 7-Eleven Sava RBP was 13th after 164.5 kilometers, and has quite a bit of work to do to improve his chances of adding to the title he won three years ago.
Galedo is 9:12 behind winner Daniel Whitehouse of Terengganu Cycling Team.
Galedo, however, remained confident about his chances for a title going into the three remaining stages.
“Medyo malayo lang (‘yung gap). Kaya naman ’yan. Minsan, may mga hindi inaasahang aberya. Hindi pa natin sinasabing tapos na ang laban,” said Galedo.
The 2014 Le Tour champion had teammates Edgar Nieto and Arjay Peralta with him in a breakaway attempt, but the latter could not keep up even before the climb to Mt. Bulusan.
“Successful ‘yung team play namin na ang balak buo agad kaming tatlo sa harap. Pero nahuli ’yung kilos bago ’yung climb kasi bumitaw si Peralta ko bago ’yung climb. Kumpleto sana kaming tatlo,” said Galedo.
Stage Two will take Galedo and the rest of the riders to Naga City, a 177.35-kilometers ride on Sunday.
Galedo believes there are still a few chances, especially on Stage Four from Daet to Lucena, which he believes is the toughest with the mountain climb in Atimonan, Quezon.
“Mahirap talaga. Pero mahaba pa. Anytime, puwedeng magkaroon ng break na successful,” Galedo said.
Although he is the best-placed Filipino rider at 13th, Galedo said any teammate who can challenge for the stage win will be supported.
“Ganun pa rin, team play pa rin. Basahin namin kung sino puwedeng umatake. Araw-araw, puwede,” said Galedo.