Morales ‘di magbabago ng taktika
Russell Cadayona (Pilipino Star Ngayon) - February 19, 2017 - 12:00am

STA. ROSA, Laguna, Philippines -Sa kabila ng pagiging isa sa mga bagitong siklista ng Navy-Standard Insurance ay makikita na sa 19-anyos na si Jay Lampawog ang malawak na pag-iisip.

“Kahit sino ang hahawak sa Red Jersey, okay lang sa akin kasi ang team pa rin naman namin ang magdadala,” wika ni Lampawog matapos angkinin ang 183-km Stage Eight noong Biyernes sa inilistang oras na 4:29:29.

Sa nasabing yugto ay inagaw ni Jan Paul Morales, ang nagdedepensang kampeon, sa kakamping si Rudy Roque ang Red Jersey nang maglista ng 28:55:16 para banderahan ang overall individual classification.

“Basta madepensahan lang namin ‘yong lead namin, walang magiging problema,” sabi ng 31-anyos na si Morales sa pagpadyak ngayon ng 50-km criterium race Stage Nine rito.

Ang tubong Calumpang, Marikina ang nagdomina sa Stage Two, Three at Seven ng 14-stage race na inihahandog ng presentor na LBC katuwang ang MVP Sports Foundation, Petron, Mitsubishi, Versa.ph, Victory Liner, Maynilad, Standard Insurance.

Hindi man aminin ay puntirya ni Morales na maging unang back-to-back champion ng LBC Ronda Pilipinas matapos maghari noong nakaraang taon.

“Kung hindi magbabago ang kondisyon ko sa tingin ko may pag-asa akong maka-back-to-back,” wika ni Morales.

Iniwanan ni Morales ang mga kakamping sina Roque (28:57:09) at Stage One winner Ronald Lomotos (28:59:30) at sina Jonel Carcueva (29:00:19) ng Go for Gold, Stage Four king Cris Joven (29:00:24) ng Kinetix Lab-Army, Bryant Sepnio (29:02:08) ng Go for Gold, Reynaldo Navarro (29:02:15) ng Kinetix Lab-Army, Leonel Dimaano (29:02:22) ng RC Cola-NCR, Ismael Grospe, Jr. (29:04:20) ng Go for Gold at Lampawog (29:04:33).

Inaasahan namang muling hahakot ng oras ang 21-anyos na si Carcueva matapos umakyat sa No. 4 sa overall individual classification para makadikit kay Morales.

“Kung makakalapit ako, gagawin ko para lumaki ang chance ko,” wika ng tubong Menganilla, Cebu.

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