Jan Paul Morales topped Stage 6 while virtually clinching the team title for Standard Insurance-Navy with still 4 stages to go in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race.
Morales, the 2016 and 2017 champion, edged Dominic Perez (Bicycology-Army) and Aidan James Mendoza (7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines) in a mass finish to claim the 111.9-kilometer race in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 48 seconds that started and ended in Tarlac City.
George Oconer, another Standard bet, had a rough time after getting stuck in the peloton in the early part of the stage, but recovered in time to catch up with the lead pack.
Oconer, 28, thus kept the individual general classification lead with an aggregate time of 20:29:11.
He will wear the LBC red jersey for the second straight day in Sunday's 116.5 km Stage 7 that unfurls at the capitol in Tarlac and ends in Palayan city, Nueve Ecija.
Oconer is the son of former two-time Olympian Norberto.
The next 5 riders tailing him are Standard teammates — 2018 Ronda king Ronald Oranza, Ronald Lomotos, John Mark Camingao, Junrey Navarra, and El Joshua Carino.
Meanwhile, the Navymen are expected to run away with the team crown with a time of 81:56:49, or a whopping 23.40 minutes ahead of closest pursuer Go for Gold (82:20:29).
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