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Thuisrijder Molano keeps Julian Alaphilippe and Quick Step of profit in Tour of Colombia

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Juan Sebastian Molano last Thursday, the third stage in the Tour of Colombia (cat. 2.1) won. In the sprint of a thinned group knocked the 24-year old Colombian of UAE – Team Emirates the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. The Colombian Rigoberto Uran takes the leader’s jersey back over his compatriot Alvaro Hodeg.

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The real mountain stages to come there until this weekend, but the non-climbers waited yet a heavy third day in the Tour of Colombia: during the four local laps around point of departure and arrival Llanogrande had to time a climb of third category of just under four kilometres to be overcome. Fernando Gaviria didn’t have to do more: he missed due to illness Wednesday, the spurt in his birthplace, and went not more to the start of stage 3.

The broken trail made straight for the fireworks, because already at the first climb went with Miguel Angel Lopez, Richard Carapaz and Ivan Sosa some well-known names in the attack. Deceuninck – Quick-Step closed for leader Alvaro Hodeg the gap, and thanked by first past the first tussenspurt. Later in the stage and had the young sprinter, Wednesday, winner, yet, the group let go and adieu say to his leader’s jersey.

Afterwards, had six less well-known local riders the freedom to for the pack to go away, but in sight of the final climb (with the top at 17 km from the finish) was their adventure again. It caused a barrage of attack attempts. Chris Froome, that in Colombia its first game of 2019 drive, checked in the service of his team mates at Team Sky.

A select group went to the finish for a sprint, by Bob Jungels in the hallway was pulled for Alaphilippe. But the Frenchman had no answer to the acceleration of the 24-year-old Molano, who his WorldTour debut with the team from the Emirates and Wednesday, already the third had become in the second stage. Behind the back of Alaphilippe finished the Colombian, Diego Ochoa as the third, for his more famous countrymen Miguel Angel Lopez and Egan Bernal.

In the general classification is Rigoberto Uran back to the lead, where he Tuesday, all was after a win of his team EF Education First in the team time trial. Him and the rest of the pack wait for Friday, a distance of 143 kilometres in the metropolis of Medellin.

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