MT. SAMAT, Bataan: Marcelo Felipe of 711 Cliqq Air 21 Roadbike Philippines and Brendon Davids of Olivers Real Food shone in Stage 2 of PruRIDE PH 2019 here.
South African Davids grabbed the coveted PruRIDE red jersey after dominating the 165.4-kilometer Stage 2 from Olongapo all the way to the peak of the historic Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan, with a time record of four hours, 40 minutes and 55 seconds.
“Today was a very difficult race being on the bike for more than four hours. I can say it’s one of the most difficult climbs that we have done,” said Davids, who holds the No. 2 post in the general classification race.
The 25-year old rider broke away from the peloton after the first 15 kilometers to a lead group pack of 11 riders.
Davids along with Felipe pulled from the group and cruised the remaining 80km which traversed from Olongapo all the way to the towns of Morong, Bagac, Orion, Limay and Mariveles, before the final ascent to the 500 meters above sea level terrain of Mt. Samat.
“The climb was difficult because there was no wind and we don’t know the roads here. But I am pretty happy with how things turned out today,” added the 6’1 Davids, who emerged as Sprint Points Leader.
Felipe, though eight seconds behind Davids holds the No. 1 post in the general classification race. The Filipino is 47 seconds ahead of the South African in the overall race.
“I hope I can finish strong tomorrow (today) and keep my position,” said Felipe, who donned two other jerseys — the King of the Mountain and Best Filipino Rider.
Michael Vink of St. George Continental finished third with a time of 4:45:20 — four minutes behind Felipe in the general classification.
Daniel Vin Cariño of Go for Gold bagged the Best Young Rider plum in the 23under category.
The final stage which offers an Olympic qualifying point will be a 108km flat ride inside Subic, Zambales.
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