Molano claims second straight Tour Colombia stage

Sogamoso (Colombia) (AFP) – Sprinter Juan Sebastian Molano gained his 2nd successive phase at the Tour Colombia on Thursday as Tour de France champion Egan Bernal concluded safely and securely in the peloton.

UAE Staff Emirates’ Molano beat compatriots Edwin Avila and Alvaro Hodeg into 2nd and third at the finish 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 following finishing in the pack.

It was a ninth victory presently this calendar year for UAE.

“The crew has a whole lot of faith in me and the reality is we in no way had any doubts,” said Molano, who moved up to fifth in the in general standings many thanks to a time reward for wining the stage.

“I attempted to start my dash as shut to the line as achievable, not so far out like yesterday mainly because these phases … are tricky,” the 25-year-aged Colombian told ESPN.

Molano also received Wednesday’s 152km phase two in a further sprint end.

Caicedo stays atop the general standings with 3 staff-mates amount with him on time — Colombians Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez, who are envisioned to challenge for the ultimate victory, and American Tejay van Garderen.

Their American EF Professional Biking squad gained Tuesday’s opening workforce time-trial.

But getting missing 46sec on the opening stage, Bernal’s Group Ineos tried using to spring a surprise on Thursday, sending Sebastian Henao into the day’s split.

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

“Tomorrow we are going to be a lot more vigilant that these kinds of escapes never transpire,” stated Caicedo.

Bernal, 23, who received the inaugural Colombian tour two yrs back, vowed to attack yet again on Friday.

“If we have gentlemen we’ll try a thing to make the race enjoyable,” he explained.

“We are racing in Colombia, you race otherwise and we’re testing how to race right here so that the followers can enjoy it. We’re heading to assault the leaders.”

Friday’s fourth phase from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo addresses 168km and ends with a 3rd group climb, this means the in general contenders need to come to the fore.

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

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