June 23, 2018, 10:38 am
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Lampawog out to complete fairy tale run

SILANG, Cavite. — Jay Lampawog of the Go for Gold Developmental team is bidding to finish strong in the final four stages of the Ronda Pilipinas 2018 presented by LBC to complete what he already considers a fairy tale run.

Going into the 12-stage race with little expectations, Lampawog, 20, has defied the odds and zoomed to third in the overall individual race and is a clear favorite to win the MVP Sports Foundation Best Young Rider trophy.

The Go for Gold Developmental team has also ridden on the shoulder of Lampawog to climb to second overall in the team race behind the flying Navy-Standard Insurance team.

“I feel I’m in a dream, I couldn’t believe that I’m up there with the best of Philippine cycling,” said Lampawog, a native of Villasis, Pangasinan. “My goal now is to finish strong and get myself confidence going home.”

Lampawog has total time of 21 hours and 19.31 minutes for third overall behind leader Ronald Oranza of Navy-Standard Insurance (21:01:56) and another Navy bet and reigning back-to-back titlist Jan Paul Morales (21:08:51).

Lampawog has so far outshone former Ronda kings Santy Barnachea of Team Franzia and Irish Valenzuela of CCN Superteam as well as other contenders like national team mainstay George Oconer of Go for Gold’s main team, Army-Bicycology’s Cris Joven and last year’s runner-up Rudy Roque of Navy.

Thanks to Lampawog, Go for Gold Developmental team has leapfrogged to No. 2 in the overall team race with a total clocking of 82:52:24, behind only the heavily-favored Navy-Standard (82:19:52) and ahead of No. 3 Army-Bicycology (83:10:47).

Lampawog’s coach, Eds Hualda, is not surprised by her ward’s strong effort in the race presented by LBC and supported by MVP Sports Foundation, Filinvest, Philippine Rabbit, CCN, Petron, Versa.ph, 3Q Sports Event Management, Inc., Boy Kanin, Franzia, Standard Insurance, Bike Xtreme, SH+, Guerciotti, Prolite, Green Planet, Maynilad, NLEX Sports, Lightwater, LBC Foundation and PhilCycling.
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