THE stage provided little chance to attack in the first place, and trimming down the course from 88 kilometers to 66 meant the top three individual riders couldn’t be separated in Wednesday’s Stage 10 of the Ronda Pilipinas International 2014 in Baguio City.
The day’s race around the City of Pines was shortened due to traffic conditions and the top of the order and their time differences remained unchanged, with red jersey Mark Galedo of 7-Eleven (33:52:10) still a minute and 12 seconds ahead of Reimon Lapaza of Cycleline-Butuan Mindanao and over three minutes ahead of Frenchman Peter Pouly of Infinite-Singha.
The trio was part of a 19-man pack that completed the race in one hour, 27 minutes and 32 seconds, over a minute behind stage winner Korean Im Jae Yeon of Uijeongbu.
Jap Paul Morales of Navy-Standard was second followed by Tawianese Chen Chien Liang of Team Gusto in the course that started and ended at the Burnham Park.
Santy Barnachea, the first Ronda champion, finished just behind the stage winner and moved from sixth to fourth overall, not just four minutes and 21 seconds off the pace.
Rounding out the top 10 were Roadbike Philippines’ Marcelo Felipe (33:57:04), PLDT-Maynilad's Ronald Oranza (33:57:41), Navy-Standard's George Oconer (33:58:05), 7-Eleven's Mark Julius Bordeos (33:59:51), PLDT-Maynilad's Rustom Lim (34:00:17) and Army's Irish Valenzuela (34:01:27).