Juan Molano sprints to stage 2 victory at Tour Colombia

Juan Sebastian Molano continued UAE Team Emirates’ impressive start to the season by sprinting to victory on the second stage of the Tour Colombia.

Jonathan Caicedo retained the leader’s yellow jersey he claimed when his EF Pro Cycling squad won Tuesday’s opening team time trial after also finishing in the peloton.

Molano outsprinted compatriot Alvaro Hodeg at the end of the 152km stage from Paipa to Duitama, with Israel’s Itamar Einhorn in third.

“The team did an amazing job, I’m delighted to have redeemed myself and returned to winning ways,” Molano told ESPN.

“There are still several stages to come … I’ll be calmer because I know I’ve already won and I don’t have this pressure any more so I can work better.”

Caicedo maintained his lead in the overall standings ahead of three team-mates on the same time, including Colombian pair Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez who are expected to challenge for the final victory.

“I’m going to make the most of this jersey for as long as I can, but at the same time if I can fight to the end, I’ll be there,” said Caicedo, 26.

“The main aim is to win the Tour Colombia with whichever one of us three, it doesn’t matter if it’s Higuita, Martinez or myself.”

Tour Colombia 2020 – stage 2 results (Paipa – Duitama):

1Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)

3:12:09

2Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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3Itamar Einhorn (Israel Start-Up Nation)

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4Jhonatan Restrepo (Androni-Sidermec)

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5Edwin Avila (Israel Start-Up Nation)

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6Bryan Gomez (Equipo Continental Supergiros)

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7Colin Joyce (Rally Cycling)

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8Julian David Molano (Colombia-Andina)

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9Marco Benfatto (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane)

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10Felix Baron (Team Illuminate)

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Tour Colombia 2020 – general classification after stage 2:

1Jonathan Caicedo (EF Pro Cycling)

3:30:10

2Sergio Higuita (EF Pro Cycling)

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3Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling)

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4Tejay Van Garderen (EF Pro Cycling)

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5Lawson Craddock (EF Pro Cycling)

+09”

6Bert Van Lerberghe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+45”

7Jannik Steimle (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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8Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)

+46”

9Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos)

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10Jhonatan Narvaez (Team Ineos)

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