Missing signages confuse Ronda Pilipinas racers

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

CEBU CITY -- The 4th leg of the Ronda Pilipinas 2013 in Cebu was almost perfect had the arrow sign in Carcar City, which points racers to the right route, not been stolen.

Because of the glitch, the race was delayed for half an hour and needed to restart at the middle of the race.

“This is the first time that this happened in the three years of Ronda. The road sign was stolen. Of course, nobody will admit to that. There were many people blocking the road,” said Joaquin Yabut, Race administration director and Radio Tour & Consultant of Ronda Pilipinas.


However, Yabut said they were able to control and stop the race to correct the racers’ direction. They were able to keep the existing status of the racers according to their race order and did a restart.

Yabut said it was a good day and that the route was technically difficult to the racers and race officials alike due to the magnitude of people witnessing the event.

He said Thursday’s race was a test to the racers especially the changing road and weather conditions. During the start, the weather was sunny but it started to rain as they traversed the uphill and downhill routes. Going to the finish line, the weather was windy in the South Road Properties area.

Yabut added that it was challenging because of the traffic and people since this is one of the busiest times in Cebu -- the Sinulog celebration. But he said it was a perfect racing condition.

Yabut also said it is not just what the results show but how the race came out in the road. The racers were not separated by a long distance or a long gap showing that the competition is quite close.

The succeeding stages will be harder and Friday’s 5th stage will be a hard day for cyclists, he said.

(Photos by Sun.Star Network Exchange)

Team Cebu

Meanwhile, Team Cebu-Y101FM failed to take the podium in Thursday’s 4th leg.

Cebu’s team skipper Warren Davadilla, who was able to bag the King of the Mountain award, said he was disappointed of his performance since he was able to have a chance to open up and make a break-away for their team.

He said he was already among the race leaders when the race was called to restart.

When asked about their preparation for Friday’s race, the team skipper from Manila said he will guide his three Cebuano teammates Jaybop Pagnanawon, Marvin Tapic, and Junvie Pagnanawon who are more familiar with the route.

He added they will work even harder since he and his other teammates are not familiar with the uphill routes in the 5th stage.

“Siymepre ang nilalaban ko dito hindi individual kundi team Cebu, so kung mapunta sa akin yung individual championship bonus na lang yun,” Davadilla said.

Team Cebu-Y101FM is composed of three Cebuanos and five from Luzon.


Harvey Sicam of Team Roadbike Philippines won the first place in the 4th leg, while Ryan Tugawin of Team Enrile bagged second place. Rey Martin of Team VMobile/Smart bagged the third place.

The first placer will receive P50,000, second place will take home P25,000, and third place will receive P15,000.

The Yellow Jersey for Best Young Rider Under 23 was secured by Rudy Roque of Team American Vinyl; Former Ronda Pilipinas Champion Santy Barnachea maintained his top spot securing the Red Jersey for General Classification Leader; Ronald Oranza bagged the Blue Jersey for Points Leader; and Warren Davadilla wore the White Jersey as King of the Mountain. Buen Josef Andrade/Sunnex)


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