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High hopes for Oranza

  • Written by Peoples Tonight
  • Published in Nation
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SILANG, Cavite -- Ronald  Oranza of Navy-Standard Insurance hopes to hold on to his lead as the
Ronda Pilipinas 2018 presented by LBC resumes today with a challenging 207.2-kilometer Stage Nine
that starts at the Silang Municipal Hall here and ends at the Tagaytay Convention Center.

After a three-day break, Oranza and the rest of the pack should come in fresh as they
tackle the stage that will feature four climbs from Kaybiang Tunnel to Mt. Pico de Loro and Mt.
Marami to the steep passes of Sungay Road in Talisay, Batangas.

And  Oranza, who has a seven-minute lead ahead of fellow Navyman and reigning back-to-back
champion Jan Paul Morales with an aggregate clocking of 21 hours and 1.56 minutes, knows he needs
to be cautious.
    
Morales, who is currently at No. 2 with a total time of  21:08:51, said he would do his
best to help Oranza win.
    
Jay Lampawog of Go for Gold Developmental team is at No. 3 with 21:19:31 while Army-
Bicycology’s Cris Joven (21:20:02), Navy’s John Mark Camingao (21:20:24), Go for Gold’s George
Oconer (21:20:51), Go for Gold Developmental team’s Ronnel Hualda (21:21:29), Navy’s Rudy Roque
(21:21:42), CCN Superteam’s Irish Valenzuela (21:22:04) and Navy’s Junrey Navara (21:22:08) round
up the top 10.
    
The next two -- the 147.8km Tagaytay-Calaca Stage 10 tomorrow and the 92.72km Calaca-Calaca
Stage 11 on Saturday -- as both are riddled with mountain passes.
    
This race, which is 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, will conclude with the Satge 12 criterium in Filinvest,
Alabang on Sunday.
    
Army-Bicycology is at No. 3 with 83:10:47.