PANGASINAN’s popular cycling squad, the Pitaki Boyz, used their talent, international experiences and team cohesiveness to score another convincing 1-2-3 finish in the eighth leg of the national criterium series held on October 26 in San Fernando City, Pampanga.
Basista resident Emilito Atilano outsped his breakaway partner and teammate Sherwin Carrera in the last 200 meters to bring home the P5,000 top prize.
The Roxas City born Atilano, 28, received a bonus of P1,000 for clinching “sprint king” of the day award while the lanky San Fabian ace Carrera earned P3,000.
Manaoag son Ericson Obosa, winner of the seventh leg September 28 in the Paniqui event, out sprinted the second pack, 57 seconds behind, to bag the P2,000 third prize. Novo Ecijano Frederick Feliciano landed fourth, good for P1,000 and Manila stalwart Dante Cagas finished fifth worth P800.
Rounding up the top ten were: Warren Davadilla, 6th (Valenzuela City), Reynaldo Navarro, 7th (San Jacinto), Irish Valenzuela 8th (Mangaldan), Adrian Malanum 9th (Mangaldan) and Renato Sembrano 10th (Mangaldan).
Sixth to tenth placers received incentive prizes.
The Jazy Sportswear/beacon-sponsored Pitaki Boyz composed of Atilano, Carrera, Obosa, Navarro, Valenzuel, Malanum, Sembrano and Clauna pushed their team to an insurmountable lead garnering a total of 377 points with two stages left for November and December.
The Mangaldan-based Pitaki Boyz road players lead arch rival Philippine Army by 178 points. The army team headed by 2007 Padyak Pinoy Tour champ Victor Espiritu had accumulated a total of 199 points.
Guimba/Agnes Bikeshop of Nueva Ecija is third with 130 while GHQ/HSC and Philippine Air Force collected 102 and 53 points, respectively.
In the individual general classification, Obosa leads after eight stages with 97 points, Atilano second with 67 and Espiritu third with 62.
Navarro follows with 61, Carrera with 60, Santy Barnachea with 54, Sembrano with 49, Davadilla with 46, Emil Pablo with 45 and Renier Clauna with 36. JAG, Jr.