Everything came together for the Hong Kong team yesterday at the 1997 Marlboro Tour of the Philippines. A pre-race pep talk by the territory's number one, Wong Kam-po, helped the other five cyclists to put in noteworthy performances as the territory moved into fourth place overall. Wong, despite being the spearhead of the territory team, slipped slightly in the overall individual rankings - from fifth at the end of the third stage to ninth after the 154-kilometre fourth stage ended yesterday in Tagaytay, south of Manila. But with the race still in its early stages (there are 14 more stages to go), Wong and Hong Kong were in a jubilant mood as the fortunes of the team were on the up, having progressed into fourth position behind the Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia. And, most significantly, the Hong Kong team are pulling together at last, a crucial factor if Wong is to remain a genuine contender for the individual title. A spokesman for the organisers said the Hong Kong team were in a positive mood at the end of the day. 'It is the first time that they all raced together in a pack. Wong is in good spirits as at last he sees his teammates supporting him,' the organiser said. Wong finished in 16th position yesterday with a time of four hours, 11 minutes 44 seconds. Teammate Man Wai-chung put on creditable performance to finish two places behind Wong with a time of 4:11.58. The rest of the Hong Kong team also did well. John Prosser came in 25th on 4:12.20. Only Ip Chi-hong (79th) and Ng Kwok-wah (82nd) trailed in the 83-strong field. South Korea's Ji-sung Hwang and Kwen-suen Jong finished the stage, that included steep climbs, in 4:5.58. Korean Jun-dae Hong kept the overall leadership despite a disappointing 13th place finish. He has an overall time of 11:55:01.