PHL’s Oconer wins Sri Lanka multi-stage cycling tournament

MANILA — National rider George Luis Oconer displayed his brilliant form on Sunday to rule the Sri Lanka T-Cup International Cycle Race.

The 25-year-old Oconer, representing ‘Go For Gold’ Philippines, dominated the multi-stage tournament with a total of eight hours, 17 minutes and 13 seconds — five seconds ahead of CCN rider Samuel Volkers of Australia.

Indonesian Hai Fitrianto, also of CCN, finished third while Oconer’s teammate Ryab Cayubit was fourth.

Oconer, who wrested the yellow jersey on Saturday after winning the second stage, told Sports Radio that winning the Sri Lanka cycling tournament has inspired him more as he looks forward to achieving his main goal of winning in the SEA Games in Malaysia this August.

The Sri Lanka competition was not sanctioned by the International Cycling Federation (UCI) but it has attracted 10 countries such as Kenya, Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Nepal, Pakistan and the Netherlands. Some of the participants are veterans of UCI 2.2 races.

From Sri Lanka, the Philippine team comprising Oconer, Cayubit, Ronnel Hualda, Elmer Navarro and Jerry Aquino Jr. will proceed to Indonesia for the Jakarta Criterium. JEAN MALANUM/