MANILA -- Mark Julius Bordeos of Bicycology-Army snatched the individual lead back even as Standard Insurance-Navy dominated Stage 4 with a 1-2-3 finish to regain the team lead in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race that started in Daet, Camarines Norte and ended in Lucena on Wednesday.
Ronald Lomotos, 25, topped the grueling 20- km stage ahead of fellow Navymen Junrey Navarra and El Joshua Carino to complete a 1-2-3 finish for Standard, all clocking 4 hours, 56 minutes and 28 seconds.
Bordeos came in an 18-man second group that clocked 4:57:31 to bump off Jerry Aquino, Jr. of Scratch-it from the lead and repossess the LBC red jersey he wore in the first 2 stages.
After 4 stages, the 24-year-old Bordeos has total time of 14:41:17, or just six seconds ahead of George Oconer of Standard and Rustom Lim of 7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines, who have identical clockings of 14:41:23.
Aquino, who snatched the lead following a dramatic Stage 3 triumph in Naga the day before, slipped to fifth with 14:42:07 behind No. 4 Marcelo Felipe of 7Eleven with 14:41:39.
“Nice to have the jersey back,” said Bordeos, who zoomed to the top by ruling Stage One in Sorsogon Sunday.
For Lomotos, it was a redemption of sorts after he was disqualified two years ago for drafting.
He received an extra P20,000 prize for his effort from host Lucena Mayor Roderick Alcala.
“After it, it was all downhill for me. I hope this win helps me to get back the confidence I lost,” said Lomotos, a native of Zambales whose best finish here was sixth overall three editions ago.
Standard also knocked erstwhile leader 7Eleven out of the helm, thanks to its strong showing in the stage in this race.
The Navymen have an aggregate clocking of 51:00:54, almost three minutes ahead of the Ric Rodriguez-mentored 7Eleven riders with 51:03:43.
Bordeos’ Bicycology squad was at No. 3 with 51:04:12.
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