The LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2020 stage 3 was dominated by another unheralded and continental rider from Jeremy Go-steered group in the name of Jerry Aquino Jr.—the son of Marlboro tour cyclist Jerry Aquino.
According to Aquino, he earnestly aspired to get the most coveted red jersey and was in excellent condition during the race. Further, he said that he would strive to defend the lead in the next stages.
Eighty riders out of the 85 riders in the previous stage signed up as early as 8am at Legazpi Boulevard.
Some riders considered the 119-km Legazpi City to Naga City route as one of the challenging and notorious paths as they expected to hurdle the hairpin bends and rolling terrain along the mountainous coastlines of Tabaco and Tiwi Municipalities in Albay Province.
Meanwhile, Go For Gold Ronnilan Quita, PNSI Junrey Navara, and Celeste Cycles Roel Quitoy instigated the first breakaway in an uphill battle within Tabaco under fair weather.
The pinnacle of the rivalry began as PNSI Junrey Navara and G4G Ronnilan Quita maintained a narrow and fluctuating gap by about 30 to 35 seconds from the second group at ten-km mark. Then, the peloton led by the Scratch It Sprinter Jerry Roa Aquino finally overpowered exhausted Navara and Quita at the last two kilometers before crossing the finish line as the Nagaueño crowd watched over.
Early in the race, PNSI Ronald Oranza (below) already had an intuition that the race would end up in a bunch finish.