EXN Joshua Bonifacio recorded his first stage victory in pro-elite. after going head to head with namesake PNSI El Joshua Carino in Quezon Province.
His last stage win was in LBC Ronda Pilipinas stage two (Vigan to Pagudpud) in 2018.
EXN’s the Golden Boy and highwayman clocked 5 hours, 15 mins, and 59 seconds and registered an average stage speed of 39.12 Kph during the longest Ronda Pilipinas 11th edition stage (5) race from Daet to Lucena City.
Go For Gold and Cebuano rider Jonel Carcueva meanwhile broke the spell as he outwitted EXN top GC rider and former LBC Ronda Pilipinas back-to-back champion.
With just 1 min and 17 seconds deficiency, EXN Jan Paul Morales ceded the Overall Leadership to G4G Jonel Carcueva.
Earlier in the race, EXN Morales suffered a flat tire. Shortly, the EXN team, steered by the judicious Santy ‘El Capitan’ Barnachea, towed JPM back in the peloton. Since the unforeseen event, the overall leadership of EXN all-rounder Jan Paul Morales had hung in the balance.
A mix of headwinds, crosswinds, and tailwinds pounded troubled riders in Gumaca, which slowed down the pace. EXN Morales and PNSI Oranza fell behind the peloton.
G4G Dominic Perez first crossed the line in the intermediate Sprint, followed closely by DRE Arjay Peralta and EXN Joshua Mari Bonifacio.
Four Go for Gold riders are now in the top 10 GC, to wit: Jonel Carcueva, Daniel Ven Carino, Jericho Lucero and Aidan James Mendoza. Likewise, the Continental team defended two other classifications like the Sprint donned by Dominic Perez and U-23 worn by Jericho Jay Lucero. Since stage two, Go For Gold Continental team has remained in the second spot in the Team classification.
Philippine Navy Standard Insurance on the other hand conquered the Team classification, dislodging the nascent Excellent Noodles cycling team at the top spot.
EXN dominated the overall team classification for the last three stages.
From 93 starters, only 90 finishers capped off the race as three other riders were tagged DNF.