RONALD Oranza of Navy-Standard Insurance claimed another stage win, topping Tuesday’s Stage Three of the Visayas Leg of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2016 from Iloilo City to Roxas City.
The 22-year-old Oranza clocked three hours, 15 minutes and 53.53 seconds in the 121.5-kilometer stage to hike his individual classification points total to 43 and move eight points ahead of teammate Rudy Roque.
"I really pushed hard in this stage because I really want to win," said Oranza, who topped the opening stage in Bago City and ended up second to Roque in Stage Two in Iloilo City on Sunday.
Navy skipper Lloyd Lucien Reynante finished second in 3:16:39.26 while 2009 Tour champion Joel Calderon ended up No. 3 in 3:16: 57.21 to complete an all-Navy finish at the podium.
Oranza now has seven Ronda stage wins in his career and hopes to finally win the overall crown. His best finish was third behind Irish Valenzuela three years ago.
Navy's Jan Paul Morales, the Mindanao Leg champion, attacked early and won the King of the Mountain climb and two intermediate sprints before being caught by Oranza and Co. in the final 20 km.
Morales wound up eighth in the stage and slid to a share of No. 3 with Reynante in the overall race with 20 points.
Rounding out the overall top 10 were Navy's El Joshua Carino (19), LBC-MVP Sports Foundation's Ronald Lomotos (19), Navy's Joel Calderon (18), LBC-MVPSF's Rustom Lim (15), Navy's John Mark Camingao (11) and LBC-MVPSF's Mark Julius Bonzo (11).
LBC rider George Oconer finished sixth and moved to 11th overall with nine points.
"If we could just race with discipline and help each other, nothing could stop him from taking this Visayas Leg," said Reynante of Oranza.
The Individual Time Trial Stage Four and Stage Five criterium are both set Thursday. The event, organized by LBC Express, is sanctioned by PhilCycling and sponsored by Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation, Petron and Versa Radio-Tech 1 Corp. with Maynilad, NLEX and Wheeltek Motor Sales Corp. as minor sponsors.