Colombian Molano claims home tour stage win, Bernal stays in hunt

Duitama (Colombia) (AFP) – Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Molano ongoing UAE Team Emirates’ impressive start to the period by sprinting to victory on the next stage of the Tour Colombia on Wednesday as reigning Tour de France champion Egan Bernal finished safely and securely in the pack.

Ecuador’s Jonathan Caicedo retained the leader’s yellow jersey he claimed when his EF Professional Cycling squad won Tuesday’s opening team time-trial immediately after also finishing in the peloton.

Molano, 25, driven house in advance of compatriot Alvaro Hodeg at the end of the 152km phase from Paipa to Duitama, with Israel’s Itamar Einhorn in 3rd.

“The staff did an astounding job, I’m delighted to have redeemed myself and returned to successful means,” Molano, who had some time off very last 12 months because of to a damaged hand, told ESPN.

“There are still various phases to arrive … I’ll be calmer mainly because I know I’ve already received and I never have this tension any a lot more so I can work much better.”

Fellow Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria received three stages for UAE in the Tour de San Juan in Argentina a couple of months in the past.

Caicedo preserved his lead in the total standings in advance of a few workforce-mates on the same time, such as Colombian pair Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez who are predicted to problem for the closing victory.

“I’m going to make the most of this jersey for as long as I can, but at the identical time if I can combat to the finish, I’ll be there,” explained Caicedo, 26.

“The principal goal is to get the Tour Colombia with whichever one of us three, it won’t subject if it is Higuita, Martinez or myself.”

Bernal, the inaugural winner of this race two decades ago, moved up to eighth in the total standings at 46sec, a single place forward of Ineos workforce-mate and reigning Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz of Ecuador.

Thursday’s 3rd stage addresses 177km from Paipa to Sogamoso and incorporates two fourth class climbs.

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

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