Molano claims second straight Tour Colombia stage

Sogamoso (Colombia) (AFP) – Sprinter Juan Sebastian Molano gained his 2nd successive stage at the Tour Colombia on Thursday as Tour de France winner Egan Bernal finished securely in the peloton.

UAE Team Emirates’ Molano defeat compatriots Edwin Avila and Alvaro Hodeg into next and 3rd 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 now this 12 months for UAE.

“The group has a ton of religion in me and the truth of the matter is we under no circumstances experienced any doubts,” said Molano, who moved up to fifth in the over-all standings thanks to a time bonus for wining the stage.

“I attempted to start my sprint as shut to the line as possible, not so much out like yesterday due to the fact these levels … are tough,” the 25-calendar year-old Colombian explained to ESPN.

Molano also won Wednesday’s 152km stage two in an additional dash end.

Caicedo remains atop the in general standings with 3 crew-mates stage with him on time — Colombians Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez, who are expected to problem for the closing victory, and American Tejay van Garderen.

Their American EF Professional Biking squad won Tuesday’s opening crew time-demo.

But possessing shed 46sec on the opening phase, Bernal’s Workforce Ineos tried 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 out to steal a march on the sprinters by launching a solo assault a person kilometer from the end.

“Tomorrow we will be more vigilant that this kind of escapes really don’t take place,” mentioned Caicedo.

Bernal, 23, who won the inaugural Colombian tour two several years in the past, vowed to assault all over again on Friday.

“If we have males we’ll consider one thing to make the race fascinating,” he reported.

“We are racing in Colombia, you race in a different way and we are tests how to race here so that the admirers can enjoy it. We are going to attack the leaders.”

Friday’s fourth phase from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo handles 168km and ends with a 3rd category climb, which means the total contenders need to come to the fore.

The complete 6-working 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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