Sogamoso (Colombia) (AFP) – Sprinter Juan Sebastian Molano received his next successive phase at the Tour Colombia on Thursday as Tour de France champion Egan Bernal completed properly in the peloton.
UAE Staff Emirates’ Molano conquer compatriots Edwin Avila and Alvaro Hodeg into next and 3rd at the finish of the 178km phase from Paipa to Sogamoso at an regular 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 currently this yr for UAE.
“The group has a great deal of religion in me and the fact is we never experienced any doubts,” claimed Molano, who moved up to fifth in the in general standings thanks to a time bonus for wining the phase.
“I attempted to start my dash as close to the line as probable, not so considerably out like yesterday since these stages … are rough,” the 25-12 months-previous Colombian advised ESPN.
Molano also won Wednesday’s 152km phase two in one more dash complete.
Caicedo stays atop the over-all standings with three team-mates level with him on time — Colombians Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez, who are expected to obstacle for the closing victory, and American Tejay van Garderen.
Their American EF Pro Cycling squad received Tuesday’s opening staff time-demo.
But getting missing 46sec on the opening phase, Bernal’s Crew Ineos experimented with 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 attempted to steal a march on the sprinters by launching a solo attack 1 kilometer from the end.
“Tomorrow we are going to be a lot more vigilant that this sort of escapes never happen,” said Caicedo.
Bernal, 23, who received the inaugural Colombian tour two many years in the past, vowed to assault once more on Friday.
“If we have adult men we’ll try out something to make the race enjoyable,” he reported.
“We are racing in Colombia, you race in different ways and we’re testing how to race listed here so that the admirers can take pleasure in it. We’re likely to attack the leaders.”
Friday’s fourth stage from Paipa to Santa Rosa de Viterbo covers 168km and finishes with a third category climb, meaning the total contenders should really arrive to the fore.
The total six-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.