Blues unscathed before first hilly finish in Colombia

13 February 2020
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Tour Colombia (st. 3)

Movistar Team finishes into the bunch in Sogamoso, before Malterías (Cat-3) climb near Santa Rosa de Viterbo on Friday. Molano (UAD) takes back to-back wins as Caicedo (EF1) remains on top.

The breakaways were more elusive on Thursday’s stage three of the 2020 Tour Colombia. The hilly 177km route from Paipa to Sogamoso saw early moves from world-class names, such as Julian Alaphilippe (DQT) or Egan Bernal (INS), and made for a longer break which put the sprinters’ hopes into jeopardy. Molano (UAD) took the win, nonetheless, after a bunch sprint which the Movistar Team reached with no setbacks.

Matteo Jorgenson into the early breakaway attempts of stage three. (c) Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

The good attitude by the riders directed by Pablo Lastras was again evidence by their position at the front of the bunch, avoiding problems as they followed those in charge of controlling the break. Sevilla (MED), Barón (ILU), Pellaud (ANS) and Sebastián Henao (INS) forced the peloton to spend lots of energy before they completed their chase with just 15km remaining.

Juan Diego Alba, a young local hero always ready to have a picture with the fans. (c) Prensa Telefónica Colombia

Caicedo (EF1) remains in the GC lead of a Tour Colombia which will require full focus from the main contenders at Friday’s climb of Malterías (Cat-3), just 3km from the finish of stage four in Santa Rosa de Viterbo (168km).

QUOTES / Matteo Jorgenson:

“It’s been quite a tough stage from the start; I think all these efforts will take its toll in the weekend stages. Even though we had tailwinds from the turn at Paipa until the finish, the high altitude makes for less draft than usual, and you’re basically making the same effort whether you’re following anybody’s wheel or not. We continue to ride together, taking care of each other, and looking forward to the upcoming stages to do well.”

Cover picture (c): Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

Male Team 11 - 16 Feb

Tour Colombia COL

(3rd Stage) Paipa - Sogamoso (177.7 km)
  1. 01 Sebastián Molano UAE Team Emirates 3h57'00"
  2. 02 Edwin Ávila Israel Start-Up Nation "
  3. 03 Álvaro Hodeg Deceuninck - Quick Step "
  4. 31 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar Team "
  5. 35 Juan Diego Alba Movistar Team "
  6. 58 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team "
  7. 67 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team "
  8. 117 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +2'29"
  9. 118 Einer Rubio Movistar Team +2'40"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Jonathan Caicedo EF Education First 7h27'10"
  2. 02 Sergio Higuita EF Education First "
  3. 03 Daniel Martínez EF Education First "
  4. 24 Matteo Jorgenson Movistar Team +1'02"
  5. 25 Juan Diego Alba Movistar Team "
  6. 26 Eduardo Sepúlveda Movistar Team "
  7. 27 Carlos Betancur Movistar Team "
  8. 103 Einer Rubio Movistar Team +4'03"
  9. 107 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +4'45"
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