Carino wrests fifth stage; Oranza keeps overall lead
SAN JOSE, Nueva Ecija—El Joshua Carino was gifted by Navy-Standard Insurance teammates Ronald Oranza and Jan Paul Morales the Stage Five victory in the Ronda Pilipinas presented by LBC that started in Echague, Isabela, and ended in front of the San Jose City Hall here Thursday.
Carino, 24, towed the first group that broke away early and instigated action in the final six kilometers that allowed Oranza and Morales to go into the final 2-kilometer stretch on top.
Oranza and Morales waited for Carino to catch up and get the lap win approaching the finish line together. They got similar times of four hours, six minutes and 58 seconds.
The All-Navy podium finish kept Oranza on top with an aggregate time of 17:40:13 and Morales, the defending back-to-back champion, less than five minutes off the pace with a clocking of 17:45:12.
Jay Lampawog of Go for Gold Development is at No. 3 in 17:48:56, Cris Joven of Army-Bicycology at No. 4 in 17:51:16 and Ronald Lomotos of Navy-Standard’s Ronald Lomotos at No. 5 in 17:51:35.
Rounding up the top 10 were CCN Superteam’s Irish Valenzuela (17:52:34), Go for Gold Developmental’s Ronnel Hualda (17:52:34), Navy-Standard’s John Mark Camingao (17:54:26) and Rudy Roque (17:55:04) and Team Franzia’s Leonel Dimaano (17:55:10).
It also kept Navy at the helm in the overall team race with 70:54:59, towing Go for Gold Developmental team with 71:24:25 in the race presented by LBC and supported by MVP Sports Foundation, Filinvest, 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. Army-Bicycology was at third with 71:41:45.