Molano claims second straight Tour Colombia stage

Sogamoso (Colombia) (AFP) – Sprinter Juan Sebastian Molano won his next successive stage at the Tour Colombia on Thursday as Tour de France winner Egan Bernal concluded properly in the peloton.

UAE Group Emirates’ Molano defeat compatriots Edwin Avila and Alvaro Hodeg into 2nd and third at the close of the 178km stage from Paipa to Sogamoso at an normal altitude of 2,600m.

Ecuador’s Jonathan Caicedo retained the leader’s orange jersey right after finishing in the pack.

It was a ninth victory currently this yr for UAE.

“The team has a lot of faith in me and the truth is we under no circumstances had any uncertainties,” said Molano, who moved up to fifth in the total standings many thanks to a time bonus for wining the phase.

“I experimented with to start my dash as near to the line as probable, not so considerably out like yesterday for the reason that these stages … are tricky,” the 25-12 months-previous Colombian explained to ESPN.

Molano also won Wednesday’s 152km phase two in another dash end.

Caicedo stays atop the general standings with three group-mates degree with him on time — Colombians Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez, who are envisioned to challenge for the last victory, and American Tejay van Garderen.

Their American EF Professional Biking squad received Tuesday’s opening crew time-trial.

But acquiring shed 46sec on the opening phase, Bernal’s Crew Ineos experimented with to spring a surprise on Thursday, sending Sebastian Henao into the day’s crack.

That was caught 16km from the complete but then Ecuadoran Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz tried using to steal a march on the sprinters by launching a solo attack one particular kilometer from the complete.

“Tomorrow we are going to be extra vigilant that this sort of escapes you should not take place,” reported Caicedo.

Bernal, 23, who received the inaugural Colombian tour two years ago, vowed to attack once more on Friday.

“If we have gentlemen we will attempt some thing to make the race interesting,” he said.

“We are racing in Colombia, you race in another way and we are tests how to race here so that the lovers can love it. We’re heading to assault the leaders.”

Friday’s fourth phase from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo addresses 168km and finishes with a third category climb, which means the total contenders should really appear to the fore.

The overall six-day tour is raced at earlier mentioned 2,500m with Sunday’s finale ending on the climb to the Puerto de El Verjon at 3,290m.

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