Molano claims second straight Tour Colombia stage

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

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

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

It was a ninth victory already this yr for UAE.

“The workforce has a whole lot of religion in me and the truth of the matter is we hardly ever had any doubts,” reported Molano, who moved up to fifth in the in general standings many thanks to a time reward for wining the phase.

“I tried using to launch my dash as close to the line as probable, not so significantly out like yesterday mainly because these phases … are rough,” the 25-12 months-previous Colombian informed ESPN.

Molano also won Wednesday’s 152km stage two in a different sprint finish.

Caicedo remains atop the all round standings with 3 workforce-mates level with him on time — Colombians Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez, who are envisioned to obstacle for the last victory, and American Tejay van Garderen.

Their American EF Pro Cycling squad won Tuesday’s opening team time-demo.

But obtaining dropped 46sec on the opening phase, Bernal’s Staff Ineos tried to spring a shock on Thursday, sending Sebastian Henao into the day’s crack.

That was caught 16km from the finish but then Ecuadoran Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz tried using to steal a march on the sprinters by launching a solo attack 1 kilometer from the complete.

“Tomorrow we are going to be much more vigilant that these types of escapes do not materialize,” explained Caicedo.

Bernal, 23, who won the inaugural Colombian tour two decades ago, vowed to assault once more on Friday.

“If we have men we are going to check out anything to make the race fascinating,” he mentioned.

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

Friday’s fourth phase from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo addresses 168km and ends with a 3rd category climb, this means the over-all contenders need to appear to the fore.

The full 6-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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