Ronda Pilipinas 2013 Stage 2: Philippine Navy dominates; Calderon wins stage

13 01 2013

Route: Ipil to Pagadian City (123 km)

Stage Honors

  1. Joel Calderon (V-Mobile/Smart) 3:27:53
  2. Ronald Gorantes (Roadbike Philippines/RTS) 4 seconds behind
  3. Irish Valenzuela (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 6 seconds behind
Top 3 teams of Stage 2
  1. Philippine Navy/ Standard Insurance 10:24:27
  2. Roadbike Philippines/RTS 2:39 behind
  3. V-Mobile/Smart 3:44 behind
Top 10 in Individual Over-all Classification after 2 stages (Red Jersey)
  1. Santy Barnachea (Philippine Navy/ Standard Insurance) 06:35:18
  2. Tomas Martinez (Team Tarlac) 00:02:01 behind
  3. Ronald Gorantes (Roadbike Philippines/RTS) 00:03:00 behind
  4. Irish Valenzuela (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:03:01 behind
  5. Joel Calderon (V-Mobile/Smart) 00:03:09 behind
  6. George Oconer (Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance) 00:03:16 behind
  7. Marcelo Feilipe (V-Mobile/Smart) 00:03:19 behind
  8. Reynaldo Navarro (Hundred Islands/Pangasinan) 00:03:38 behind
  9. Lloyd Lucien Reynante (Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance) 00:03:39 behind
  10. Cris Joven (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:03:41 behind

Top 5 Teams Overall after 2 stages

  1. Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance 19:50:47
  2. V-Mobile/Smart 00:02:21 behind
  3. Roadbike Philippines/RTS 00:04:38 behind
  4. American Vinyl/LPGMA 00:06:22 behind
  5. Team Tarlac 00:10:04 behind

Top 5 in Best Young Rider Classification (Yellow/Gold Jersey)

  1. George Oconer (Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance)  06:38:34
  2. Rudy Roque (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:00:58 behind
  3. Vicente Vicmar (Mindanao/Cycleline Butuan) 00:01:17 behind
  4. Ronald Oranza (PLDT/Spyder) 00:01:55 behind
  5. Marvin Tapic (Y101FM/Cebu) 00:02:47 behind

Top Sprinter (Blue Jersey):

  1. Cris Joven (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 24 pts
  2. Ericson Obosa (Roadbike Philippines/RTS) 24 pts
  3. Santy Barnachea (Philippine Navy/ Standard Insurance) 23 points

King of the Mountain (White Jersey):

  1. Irish Valenzuela (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 6 pts
  2. Cris Joven (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 4 pts
  3. Rudy Roque (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 4 pts

Ronda Stage 2 Jersey leaders (photo from

Stage 2 of Ronda Pilipinas 2013 was won by V-Mobili-Smart’s Joel Calderon as he cruised to a solo finish.  He was followed by Roadbike Philippines’ Ronal Gorantes who crossed the finish line after 4 seconds.  The last podium finisher was American Vinyl’s Irish Valenzuela who out sprinted youngster George Oconer for 3rd place.

Even if the team did not have a rider in the podium, Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance team grabbed the team owners. The red jersey for overall individual classification is now being worn by Navy’s Santy Barnachea. Teammate George Oconer is the yellow/gold jersey holder and is 6th overall. Perennial contender Lloyd Lucien Reynante is at 9th to be the third Navy cyclist to be in the top ten.   Having 3 of the Top 10 riders after 2 stages made it possible for the  Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance team to hold a 2:21 lead over equal star-studded V-Mobile/Smart for the overall team classification.  Amrican Vinyl/ LPGMA dominated the points races as Cris Joven and Irish Valenzuela got hold of the sprint and king of the mountains leadership respectively.

Ronda’s stage 3 will take the cyclists to Iligan.  The group will then travel to Cebu then have 2 days off before racing for Stage 4 and 5 at the Queen City of South for the Visayas leg of the tour.

Ronda Pilipinas 2012 Stage 12: Galedo retains Red jersey after crucial Baguio lap

7 06 2012

Route: Lingayen City – Baguio City (96.7 Kms)

Stage Honors

  1. Joel Calderon (V-Mobile) 2:56:10
  2. Irish Valenzuela (American Vinyl/LPGMA) same
  3. Mark John Lexer Galedo (Roadbike Philippines) 1:57 behind
Top 3 teams of Stage 12
  1. American Vinyl/LPGMA 8:55:18
  2. V-Mobile 0:04:21 behind
  3. Roadbike Philippines 0:06:24 behind
Top 10 in Individual Over-all Classification after 12 stages (Red Jersey)
  1. Mark John Lexer Galedo (Roadbike Philippines) 45:23:53
  2. Irish Valenzuela (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:00:51 behind (up from No.6)
  3. Lloyd Lucien Reynante (Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance) 00:02:16 behind (up from No.4)
  4. Oscar Rindole (V-Mobile) 00:03:13 behind (down from No.3)
  5. Cris Joven (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:03:28 behind
  6. Harvey Sicam (Eastern Pangasinan) 00:05:34 behind (down from No.2)
  7. Baler Ravina (Roadbike Philippines) 00:05:40 behind  (up from No.10)
  8. Joel Calderon (V-Mobile) 00:07:21 behind (up from No.19)
  9. John Rene Mier (Philippine Army/RC Cola) 00:08:34 behind (up from No. 17)
  10. Rey Martin (V-Mobile) 00:08:38 behind (down from No.7)

Top 5 Teams Overall after 11 stages

  1. V-Mobile 135:20:27 (Up from No.4)
  2. American Vinyl/LPGMA 00:05:05 behind (Up from No.5)
  3. Philippine Navy/Standard Insurance 00:07:11 behind
  4. Metro Manila 00:10:24 behind (down from No.1)
  5. One Tarlac 00:12:25 behind (down from No.2)

Top 5 in Best Young Rider Classification (Yellow/Gold Jersey)

  1. John Rene Mier (Philippine Army/RC Cola) 45:32:27 (Up from No.3)
  2. George Oconer (RP Team) 00:05:07 behind (up from No.4)
  3. Ronald Oranza (Northern Luzon/Ilocos Sur) 00:06:29 behind (down from No.1)
  4. Rudy Roque (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:10:04 behind (up from No.5)
  5. Denver Casayuran (Metro Manila) 00:13:32 behind (down from No.2)

Top Sprinter (Blue Jersey):

  1. Cris Joven (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 90 pts
  2. Orlie Villanueva (V-Mobile) 65 points
  3. Warren Davadilla (Metro Manila) 64 pts

King of the Mountain (White Jersey):

  1. Irish Valenzuela (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 63 pts
  2. Mark John Lexer Galedo (Roadbike Philippines) 41 pts
  3. Baler Ravina (Roadbike Philippines) 24 pts

The biggest cycling tours in the Philippine history are always know for the killer lap going to Baguio City.  This year is no different as the Ronda Pilipinas’s stage 12 is from Lingayen to Baguio City.  The 96 kilometer ascent to Baguio is marked by a Hors category climb and a history of ending dreams of many aspiring riders to become the overall tour winner. In cycling circles, a Hors Category climb is considered a “5th” kind of climb. Climbs have only 4 categories with 4 the easiest and 1 the hardest. Hors Categorie is a classification given for climbs harder than Category 1 climbs.

32 year old Joel Calderon surprised everyone by topping Stage 12. He beat this year’s Mountain King Irish Valenzuela to the finish line to cop the stage honors and the 50,000 check that accompanies it. Red Jersey leader Mark Galedo finished 3rd to retain his overall leadership. Valenzuela is now second overall just 51 seconds behind Galedo.  Harvey Sicam dropped from 2nd to 6th practically switching places with Valenzuela. Lap winner Calderon moved 11 spots to barge into the Top 10, moving from 19th to 8th.

The Baguio lap has jumbled the overall team classification, as well. V-Mobile and American Vinyl/LPGMA are now 1 and 2 after exchanging places with erstwhile leaders Metro Manila and One Tarlac.

There is also a change in the yellow/gold jersey rankings.  Philippine Army/RC Cola’s John Rene Mier is now No.1 in the young rider classification and also, being 9th place over-all. RP Team’s George Oconer trails him by over 5 minutes. Yesterday’s yellow/gold jersey holder Ronald Oranza is relegated to 3rd.

Cris Joven retained his lead in the Sprint classification to keep his Blue jersey. Irish Valenzuela pulled away in the King of the Mountain race by topping the Hors Categorie climb. Valenzuela leads Galedo by 25 points for the white jersey honors.

Stage 13 will be an individual time trial.  The remaining 74 riders will be released at one minute intervals starting from the last ranked cyclist.  They will try to get their best time in a 27.4 km ride from Tuba, Benguet to Baguio City.  Many fans are expecting to see the 2012 Ronda champion emerge after this crucial time trial.

Calderon celebrates! (from Ronda Pilipinas official Facebook page)

LBC Ronda Pilipinas Recap

10 10 2011

The Philippine‘s biggest cycling event of the year has just ended and it was won by veteran cyclist Santy Barnachea of Eastern Pangasinan.

Top 10 (parenthesis indicate prize money):

1. Santy Barnachea, Eastern Pangasinan, 36:57:47 (P1,000,000)

2. Joel Calderon, Nueva Ecija, 6:05 behind (P500,000)

3. George Oconer, Phl Under-23, 6:13 behind (P250,000)

4. March Mcquinn Aleonar, Cycleline Extreme-Butuan, 6:48 behind (P125,000)

5. Lloyd Lucien Reynante, 7-Eleven, 7:41 behind (100,000)

6. Baler Ravina, Eastern Pangasinan, 8:09 behind (90,000)

7. Cris Joven, American Vinyl, 10:47 behind (80,000)

8. Tomas Martinez, Tarlac, 12:08 behind (70,000)

9. Rudy Roque, American Vinyl, 13:03 behind (60,000)

10. Rey Martin, Nueva Ecija, 14:39 (50,000)

Special Awards:

Rudy Project Best Young Rider: George Oconer, Phl Under-23

Air Asia Sprint King: George Oconer, Phl Under-23

Magnolia Purewater King of the Mountain:  Irish Valenzuela, 7-Eleven

Team Title:

1. American Vinyl, 111:03:36 (1,000,000)

2. 7-Eleven 111:15:44 (500,000)

3. Tarlac 111:22:56 (250,000)

4. Nueva Ecija 111:24:20 (100,000)

5. Eastern Pangasinan 111:48:03 (90,000)

6. Cebu 111:41:34 (80,000)

7. National Capital Region Standard 111:54:16 (75,000)

8. W&C Pangasinan-Jazy Sport 111:58:24 (70,000)

9. Ilocos Sur 112:23:52 (65,000)

10. Bicol 112:34:43 (60,000)

American Vinyl is coached by former Tour winner Renato Dolosa. The members of the winning team are Cris Joven, Rudy Roque, Ronnel Hualda, Bryant Sepnio, Joseph Millanes and Edmundo Nicolas.