South African born Brendon Davids delivered a successful solo raid with a day long breakaway on Stage 2 of the UCI 2.2 PRURidePH, taking victory on the stage and propelling him to a 2nd place finish on the General Classification.
With some unforeseeable and uncontrollable logistical issues occurring the days before the Filipino 2.2 stage race, Stage 1 proved to be a day of survival for the Oliver’s Real Food Racing team, as they battled jetlag, heat, and mechanical issues. After a day of consolidation and limiting losses , the team was able to turn the tour around and execute a bold plan concocted by team manager Sam Layzell.
The 165km long Stage 2 saw Davids escape early in a group of 11 riders and build a solid advantage with a handful of other riders while his young teammates patrolled and policed the peloton, doing all they could to to help Davids’ group build an advantage. Angus Lyons managed to slip into a group of 4 riders who tried to bridge the gap halfway through the stage, but his lack of contribution to the work meant it was not successful.
With 70kms to go, Davids attacked the lead group who were all suffering in the 40 degree plus temperatures, with only one rider: local favourite Marcelo Felipe of Team 7 Eleven Cliqq -air21 being able to go with him. Davids arrived at the mountaintop finish of Mount Samat alone, taking the stage win and moving to 2nd on the General Classification at 47 seconds back behind Felipe.
The third and final stage was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, leaving Davids locked into 2nd overall and heading home with a stage win.
Sam Layzell – Team Manager: “Essentially, we needed to just limit our losses on the first stage, after missing the break…not through lack of trying!…it was apparent we were going to get no help to chase from other teams. Given the situation our young guys Jack, Fin & Campbell really were outstanding, as was Gus [Angus Lyons]. We went all in for Davids, and after it bit us on stage 1, we really capitalised on the openness and lack of control of the racing here that and use it to our advantage. Brendon was super strong and he tore the race apart.”