Morales, Prado, Gorospe victorious in national championships

Morales, Prado, Gorospe victorious in national championships
Jan Paul Morales (left) and Jermyn Prado (right) top the men's and women's elite race in the Philippine National Cycling Championships respectively. (Screenshots taken from ABS-CBN Sports' Facebook Live)

Jan Paul Morales completed a sprint finish to top Ronald Oranza and the treacherous Subic-to-Bataan route of the Philippine National Cycling Championships for Road Friday afternoon.

Jermyn Prado blew right past the competition to dominate the women's race.

A total of 96 riders answered the PRUride PH 2018 gun for the men’s elite race, but it was Morales, a longtime national team member who won the coveted national champions’ jersey.

“I really went for the win but I had to work hard for this one,” said Morales moments after his victory that earned him not only P50,000 in cash from organizer Pru Life UK but also an all-expense paid trip to the Prudential Ride London in July.

Morales clocked three hours, 42 minutes and 55 seconds—same time as Oranza—over the 137-km course that included a treacherous climb to the Dambana ng Mga Bayani at Mt. Samat in Mariveles, Bataan.

Felipe Marcelo and Jonel Carcueva shared third place after figuring in a close finish.

Oranza brought home P25,000 while Marcelo and Carcueva shared the third and fourth place prizes of P15,000 and P12,500, respectively.

Also earning tickets to London and P50,000 each were Prado and Men's Under-23 winner Ismael Gorospe.

Prado clocked 3:26:00 to win gold in the 96.55-km women elite race, beating Chinese Taipei's Chang Ting Ting by more than two minutes, and Arianne Dormitorio by over five minutes.

Two-time Asean mountain bike champion Dormitorio was almost successful in her first foray with the road discipline but crashed against the strong cross winds inside Subic. Chang also banked P25,000 and P12,500, respectively.

Gorospe won the Men's Under-23 jewel after completing a 3:45:40 finish over the same course at the elite race. Danielver Carinon and Ronilla Quita completed the podium.

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