Cycling: Veteran racers dominate national championships


Posted at Jul 25 2019 12:18 PM

Cycling: Veteran racers dominate national championships 1
Tagaytay City councilor Athena Tolentino (left, with checkered flag) and Standard Insurance Group chairman Ernesto “Judes” Echauz (with checkered flag) prepare to send off the women’s and men’s under-23 and junior race. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines – A bevy of veteran international racers ruled the road races of the 2019 National Road Cycling Championships on Wednesday in Tagaytay City.

Marcelo Felipe, the captain of the continental team 7-Eleven Cliqq Road Bike Philippines and third Best Asian Rider in the 2018 Le Tour de Langkawi, topped the 132.08-km men's road race with a time of three hours, 11 minutes and 0.212 second.

Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance's Ronald Oranza, meanwhile, beat another 7-Eleven rider, individual time trial winner John Mark Lexer Galedo, in a sprint finish for the silver medal. Oranza clocked 3:12:47.015 and Galedo crossed two seconds later in the race.

Go for Gold's Marc Ryan Lago, dominated his category's 91.35-km event, beating by close to three minutes Rench Michael Bondoc and Efren Reyes, who crossed almost at the same time.

Ismael Gorospe Jr., a member of the Go for Gold continental team, had to nose out ITT champion Nichol Pareja to snatch the Men Under-23 gold medal.

Gorospe crossed in 3:13:36.60, only 39-hundredths of a second ahead of Pareja. Daniel Ven Carino, also of Go Gor Gold, finished some six seconds later to settle for the bronze medal.

Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance, meanwhile, extended its domination of the women's races with Marella Salamat, the 2015 Southeast Asian Games ITT gold medalist, edging teammate and ITT titlist Jermyn Prado in the Women Elite 91.35-km race.

Salamat clocked 2:29:53.418 with Prado finishing a wheel behind. Melisa Jaroda was third in 2:49:31.560.

Standard Insurance reasserted its domination in the younger age categories with Kate Yasmin Velasco (Under 23) and Maritono Krogg (Women Junior) sweeping the championships.

Velasco crossed in 2:49:36.378, beating Shagne Paola Yaoyao (49.627 behind) and Mhay Ann Iinda (53.578 behind). Krogg (2:50:35.042), on the other hand, handily defeated Nicole Quinones (11.249 behind) and Marlen Marasigan (5:32.485 behind).

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