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    Ronald Oranza maintains seven-minute Ronda lead with second-place finish in Stage Nine

    Mar 15, 2018
    Teammates Jan Paul Morales and Ronald Oranza go 1-2 in the Silang to Tagaytay stage.

    RONALD Oranza maintained his overall lead with a second place finish in Stage Nine of the Ronda Pilipinas.

    Navy-Standard Insurance teammate Jan Paul Morales won the 217.2-kilometer race from from the Silang Municipal Hall in Cavite and to the Tagaytay Convention Center and Oranza submitted the same time of five hours and 47.13 minutes.

    The 25-year-old Oranza has an aggregate time of 26:49:04, almost seven minutes ahead of Morales at 26:55:56.

    Morales, 32, champion in the last two editions, has in fact already conceded to his younger teammate.

    “I’m happy to finish second behind a teammate, I think his time has come,” said Morales.

    Oranza said he will only celebrate when the race is finished.

    “If it’s me, I will consider it a blessing. But we still have three stages to go and a race to finish so I have nothing to really celebrate about,” said Oranza, who hails from Villasis, Pangasinan.

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    It was an impressive effort for both Morales and Oranza as they dominated what race officials consider as a “killer stage” after negotiating Kaybiang Tunnel that connects Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas, and Leynes in Talisay.

    George Oconer of Go for Gold finished third in the stage in 5:48:23 to jump from sixth in the overall individual race the day before to No. 3 with 27:09:11.

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    Jay Lampawog, 20, of Go for Gold Developmental team, skidded from No. 3 to No. 8 overall with 27:17:03.

    Navy’s John Mark Camingao moved to No. 4 from No. 5 at 27:10:09, switching places with Cris Joven of Army-Bicycology, who now has a 5:52:20 aggregate time.

    Navy’s Junrey Navarra was sixth at 27:14:53 followed by El Joshua Carino (27:16:11), Go for Gold’s Boots Ryan Cayubit (27:19:03) and Navy’s Rudy Roque (27:20:53).

    The Navymen lead the team classification with a time of 105:36:38, more than an hour ahead of Army-Bicycology, which moved from No. 3 to No. 2 with 106:47:43.

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    Go for Gold Developmental team fell to No. 3 at 106:59:19 in the race presented by LBC and supported by MVP Sports Foundation, Filinvest, Philippine Rabbit, CCN, Petron, Versa.ph, 3Q Sports Event Management, Inc., Boy Kanin, Franzia, Standard Insurance, Bike Xtreme, SH+, Guerciotti, Prolite, Green Planet, Maynilad, NLEX Sports, Lightwater, LBC Foundation and PhilCycling.

    Stage 10 is a 147.8-km race from Tagaytay to Calaca followed by a 92.72km Calaca-Calaca Stage 11, a shorter version of Stage 10 as it passes through the same climbing path in Ticub and Payapa.

    The race concludes on Sunday with a Stage 12 criterium in Filinvest, Alabang.

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    Teammates Jan Paul Morales and Ronald Oranza go 1-2 in the Silang to Tagaytay stage.
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