Sun Star Newspaper. TEAM Cebu Y101 FM ‘s Warren Davadilla leads the over-all King of the Mountain (KOM) after Stage 4 of the 2013 LBC Ronda Pilipinas, which started and ended at the Plaza Independencia yesterday.
The 134.2-kilometer Stage 4 had three KOM Stages and Davadilla won two.
Davadilla, the Marlboro international champion 1998, also secured the fourth spot in the individual stage classification after crossing the finish line in 3:45:09. Stage 4 was topped by Harvey Sicam of Roadbike Philippines/RTS-RPR in 3:45:02. Ryan Tugawin of Team Enrile got second place in 3:45:04, while Rey Martin was third in 3:45:04.
“It was a very rough and tough race, we are glad we were able to pull it off. Another challenge awaits us tomorrow (today),” the 33-year-old Davadilla said.
In the over-all KOM classification Davadilla earned a total of 10 points and will be wearting the white jersey. He is followed by teammate Marvin Tapic at nine points, while Rudy Roque of American Vinyl/LPGMA-AVL is third with eight points.
Meanwhile, the peloton almost got lost after a signage directing the group to pass through the Mantalongon- Barili route was stolen, causing the group to take the wrong turn to Sibonga after reaching the Carcar rotunda.
According to race director Rick Rodriguez, someone took the signage but it only took them a few seconds to realize they got the wrong route and stopped the group and got back in the right track.
In the last seven kilometers towards the finish line, Tapic slowed down and left the breakaway group as he wasn’t able to keep up.
“Naluya nako kay nahutdan ko og supply. Laspag pa kaayo ko ron, but I hope na maka cover ko and will be on top of my condition as we race for Stage 5,”said Tapic.
Team manager Amis Urgel said that the mountain climb is Tapic’s specialty and he hopes that his team will take advantage of their familiarity with the route.
Stage 5, considered as the “killer stage,” covers a 156.8 kilometers from Lapu-Lapu City to the northern Cebu.
Today, motorists going to the airport are advised not to use the first bridge to avoid traffic. Half othe road from the foot of the Marcelo Fernan bridge up to the Lapu-Lapu City hall will be closed from 8:40 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.