Jaybop Pagnanawon tops grueling 251-kilometer Ronda stage from Lucena to Camarines Sur
Jaybop Pagnanawon scores his first stage win although he is out of the running for the overall title. 

JAYBOP Pagnanawon topped the 251-kilometer Stage Five from Lucena City to Pili in Camarines Sur on Sunday in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2017.

Pagnanawon, son of former Marlboro Tour champion Rolando, made his move 28 km from the finish line at the Camsur Watersports Complex.

He outsprinted Navy-Standard Insurance's Daniel Ven Carino and RC Cola-NCR's Leonel Dimaano.

The 28-year-old Pagnanawon came up with his first stage victory, clocking six hours 58 minutes and 13 seconds, which was the same time logged by Carino and Dimaano.

"I was surprised that I still have it in the final 28 km and just went for it when everyone was contented in pacing themselves up," said Pagnanawon.

Depsite his recent triumph, Pagnanawon is out of race for the overall individual honor after he encountered mechanical problems in the Angeles-Subic Stage Three that sent him sliding from top 10 to outside the top 40.

"I got a little sadder because I will have to wait another year to chase my dream to become a champion like my father," said Pagnanawon. "But I will still try to win some stages if I get my chance again."

Kinetix Lab-Army's Lord Anthony del Rosario and Go 4 Gold's Elmer Navarro finished fourth and fifth with times of 6:59:11 and 6:59:13, respectively.

Navy's Ronald Lomotos wound up at No. 6 in 6:59:14 to regain his No. 2 spot overall while Kinetix Lab-Army's Cris Joven finished seventh in 6:59:20 to jump from No. 9 to seventh.

Rudy Roque of Navy got stuck in the peloton but still managed to keep the overall lead with a total time of 18:12:48, just 59 seconds ahead of Lomotos and under two minutes ahead of Carino.

Morales was also jammed in the main group and slipped to No. 4 with 18:15:51, just 17 seconds ahead of fifth-running Joven.

"I like my conditioning right now, I feel re-energized," said the 30-year-old Joven, proud son of Iriga, Camarines Sur.

Rounding out the top 10 were Go 4 Gold's Elmer Navarro (18:17:57), RC Cola-NCR's Leonel Dimaano (18:18:01), Go 4 Gold's Ismael Grospe, Jr. (18:19:02), Army's Lord Anthony del Rosario (18:19:44) and Go 4 Gold's Jonel Carcueva (18:20:33).

Navy remained on top of the team standings with an aggregate time of 72:48:47, leading Go 4 Gold (73:09:42) and Kinetix Lab-Army (18:20:33).

The race takes a break anew on Monday and will resume on Tuesday with the 46.6-km Pili-San Jose Stage Six.

Ronda offers P1 million to the champion courtesy of LBC in partnership with MVP Sports Foundation, Petron, Mitsubishi, Versa.ph, Partas, Maynilad, Standard Insurance, CCN, Bike Xtreme, NLEX, PhilCycling and 3Q Sports Event Management.


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