The Philippine Navy Standard Insurance finally made their presence felt after reigning Ronda champion George Oconer arrived in the nick of time and pulled out a win in the second-longest LBC Ronda Pilipinas stage. Bedraggled Oconer outdueled EXN fourth man Mervin Corpuz, the first-runner up and now the second in GC. DRE Arjay Peralta completed the podium second runner-up. Oconer registered an average stage speed of 43.12 Kph despite inclement weather.
Moreover, overall leader and EXN rider Jan Paul Morales has the newest archrival in the person of PNSI Ronald Oranza, who reshuffled the Top 5 of GC and placed fourth and perhaps will be the former’s rival throughout. EXN Jan Paul Morales and PNSI Ronald Oranza registered the same clocking of 4 hours, 10 mins, and 38 seconds but it does not affect the overall standing of the former since stage one.
PNSI Oranza is now trailing former teammate EXN Morales by two minutes and five seconds in the GC. Both riders are former LBC Ronda Pilipinas titlist and gunning for another title in this latest LBC Ronda Pilipinas edition.
Morales is 36 years old now while Oranza is 29 years old—six years age difference. Morales just turned 36 in January and Oranza will be turning 30 on 2 December 2022. They are members of the Philippine National Cycling team who will represent the country in the SEA Games in Vietnam.
The sprint jersey is now donned by G4G Dominic Perez, the KOM by PNSI Ronald Oranza, the Under-23 by G4G Jericho Jay Lucero and the Rookie by PNSI Jeremy Lizardo.
Still, Team Excellent Noodles leads the overall team classification. Go For Gold is adrift of 2 mins and 22 secs while the Philippine Navy Standard Insurance falls behind by 3 mins and 06 secs.
As a result of climatic conditions affecting stage 4, the Commissaires panel decided to extend the time to 25 percent and reinstated TQP rider Joepet Capacio, who was tagged OTL earlier in the race.
Meanwhile, TCC rider Arjay Ado Kaul, BKL rider Manel Jose Angelo Gomez and EAC rider Yyan Martin were added to the list of DNF.