BUTUAN CITY - Philippine Navy-Standard continued to dominate the LBC Ronda Pilipinas Mindanao leg as Ronald Oranza claimed his second stage victory while teammate Jan Paul Morales kept a firmed hold of the overall lead on Sunday.
Fresh from his conquest of the massed start race on Saturday afternoon, the 22-year-old Oranza, the 2013 Ronda runner-up, timed one hour, 17 minutes and 59.32 seconds to rule the one hour plus three laps criterium which required riders to negotiate a 3.71-kilometer loop around downtown Butuan.
"Alam ko naman na kakampi ko rin sa Navy ag kukuha ng stage. Di ko lang alam na akin pa rin pala," said Oranza, who stayed with the breakaway group from the first lap. "Pero nung nakita ko na anim na lang kaming natira sa lead group sa last lap, nag pacing na ko. Sa last 500 meters na lang ako rumemate."
Oranza was in the two-man breakaway with Rudy Roque before fellow Philippine Navy riders Morales, who finished second in the stage with a clocking of 1:17:59.47, and John Mark Camingao joined them toward the tailend of the fourth lap.
Mindanao-based riders James Paolo Ferfas and LBC-MVP Sports Foundation rider Ronnilon Quita tried to challenge the first group, but were outpaced most of the time by other Navy riders.
Meanwhile, Morales nearly missed a chance to finish the race as he figured in a spill in the last 20 minutes of the regulation race.
The 31-year-old Calumpang, Marikina native suffered contusions on his right shoulder and thigh but didn't let it slow him down and even caught up with Oranza to finish second in the stage.
"Aksidente. Natakot lang ako kasi baka nasira bike ko. Kala ko di na ko makakatapos. Buti na lang okay pa siya kaya, pedal ulit ako," said Morales.
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Navymen Daniel Ven Carino, Roque and Joel Calderon finished third to fifth in the same stage with clockings of 1:17:59.84, 1:17:59.88 and 1:18:00.25, respectively.
John Mark Camingao, the yellow MVP Sports Foundation local leader jersey holder given to the top cyclist from Mindanao, ran into problems with his gear-shifter.
But like Morales, he recovered in time to end up at No. 6 in 1:22:01.65.
Navy captain Lloyd Lucien Reynante was happy to end up seventh in 1:23:09.58 that kept his grip on No. 2 overall with 23 points.
Team LCC Lutayan's Ferfas, LBC/MVPSF's Quita and Navy's El Joshua Carino finished eighth to 10th with times of1:23:09.76, 1:23:54.00 and 1:25:16.86.
Oranza remained at No. 3 with 20 points, thanks to his pair of stage victories, under a new scoring system that gives corresponding points to the sprint, KOM and stage positionings.
Morales had more points than Oranza because he earned his extra points from his sprint intermediate triumphs while Reynante lorded it over the KOM laps.
Roque was at No. 4 (17 points), the younger Carino at No. 5 (16), Calderon at No. 6 (12), Camingao at No. 7 (10) and the elder Carino at No. 8 (5).
Ferfas and Quita crashed into the all-Navy party by winding up at Nos. 9 and 10 with five and three points.