The LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2019 starts today in Iloilo City with local teams headed by Navy-Standard Insurance, Go for Gold and 7 Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines aiming to fend off a strong foreign challenge.
The Navymen will go for their sixth straight team title while the Go for Gold and 7 Eleven riders, who are both Continental teams, will rely on their international experience.
Navy will be bannered by reigning Ronda champion Ronald Oranza, two-time winner and skipper Jan Paul Morales and 2018 Le Tour titlist El Joshua Cariño.
Go for Gold, for its part, is skippered by Ronnel Hualda, while the 7 Eleven squad will be minus its long-time leader Mark Galedo but remains a legitimate contender having Marcelo Felipe and 2012 Ronda king Irish Valenzuela.
Other PH teams in the mix are the Team Franzia of two-time Ronda winner Santy Barnachea, Army-Bicycology, Team Tarlac and a Jaybop Pagnanawon-led Bike Xtreme squad.
Tags: Bicycology, Bike Xtreme, El Joshua Cariño, Irish Valenzuela, Jan Paul Morales, Jaybop Pagnanawon, LBC Ronda Pilipinas, Navy-Standard Insurance, Ronald Oranza, Ronda Pilipinas, Ronnel Hualda, Santy Barnachea