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    Korean rider takes Stage Seven honors; Galedo protects overall lead

    Feb 8, 2014
    Im Jae Yeon of Korea tops the final sprint but Mark Galedo manages to finish with the first group of riders. 

    KOREA’S Im Jae Yeon of Uijeongbu edged Taiwanese Hsiaoh Shih Hsin and Chen Chien Liang of Team Gusto in a spint finish as Mark Galedo of 7-Eleven the overall lead after the 172-kilometer Valenzuela to Tarlac Stage Seven of the Ronda Pilipinas International 2014.

    The 28-year-old Galedo was part of the first batch of riders that crossed the finish line and clocked four hours and 52 seconds.

    Galedo, the 2012 Ronda champion, has a total time of 24:49:26, while Reimon Lapaza of Cycleline-Butuan remained in second, 14 seconds off the pace (24:49:40).

    Mark Julius Bordeos of 7-Eleven was at third (24:51:52), followed by former champion Santy Barnachea of Navy-Standard Insurance (24:52:34).

    "We'll see when we reach Baguio," said the 28-year-old Lapaza, a Butuan City native.

    Roadbike's Marcelo Felipe has a total time of 24:53:22, followed by PLDT-Maynilad's Ronald Oranza (24:54:11), Navy-Standard's George Oconer (24:54:21), Frencham Peter Pouly of Infinite-Singha (24:55:06) and Cycleline-Butuan Mindanao's Vicmar Vicente (24:56:18).

    7-Eleven continued to pace the overall team race with a 74:33:50 aggregate, ahead of Navy-Standard (74:39:56) and Cycleline (74:42:36) in the 14-stage event presented by LBC and sponsored MVP Sports Foundation, Petron, NLEX, Maynilad, PLDT and Mitsubishi, Versa 2 Way Radio and Standard Insurance and minor sponsor Air Asia Zest and C! Magazine, sanctioned by PhilCycling and backed by Shimano Cannondale bikes, the Department of Tourism and Philippine National Police chief Allan Purisima.

    Stage Eight is a 197.3-km race from Tarlac to Dagupan.

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    Im Jae Yeon of Korea tops the final sprint but Mark Galedo manages to finish with the first group of riders. 
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