Molano claims second straight Tour Colombia stage

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

UAE Group Emirates’ Molano conquer compatriots Edwin Avila and Alvaro Hodeg into next and 3rd at the end of the 178km phase from Paipa to Sogamoso at an common altitude of 2,600m.

Ecuador’s Jonathan Caicedo retained the leader’s orange jersey immediately after ending in the pack.

It was a ninth victory already this 12 months for UAE.

“The workforce has a whole lot of religion in me and the real truth is we in no way had any uncertainties,” claimed Molano, who moved up to fifth in the all round standings many thanks to a time reward for wining the phase.

“I attempted to start my dash as near to the line as possible, not so significantly out like yesterday for the reason that these levels … are tricky,” the 25-year-aged Colombian advised ESPN.

Molano also won Wednesday’s 152km stage two in yet another dash finish.

Caicedo remains atop the general standings with a few team-mates level with him on time — Colombians Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez, who are expected to obstacle for the last victory, and American Tejay van Garderen.

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

But having missing 46sec on the opening stage, Bernal’s Workforce Ineos tried to spring a shock on Thursday, sending Sebastian Henao into the day’s crack.

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

“Tomorrow we are going to be more vigilant that this sort of escapes never take place,” mentioned Caicedo.

Bernal, 23, who gained the inaugural Colombian tour two several years in the past, vowed to attack yet again on Friday.

“If we have males we are going to consider anything to make the race remarkable,” he said.

“We’re racing in Colombia, you race otherwise and we are screening how to race below so that the supporters can get pleasure from it. We’re likely to assault the leaders.”

Friday’s fourth phase from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo handles 168km and finishes with a third category climb, meaning the in general contenders should arrive to the fore.

The whole 6-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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