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Molano claims second straight stage at Tour Colombia

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Juan Sebastian Molano won his second successive stage at the Tour Colombia on Thursday.

UAE Team Emirates rider beat compatriots Edwin Avila and Alvaro Hodeg into second and third at the end of the 178km stage from Paipa to Sogamoso.

Jonathan Caicedo retained the leader’s orange jersey after finishing in the pack.

“The team has a lot of faith in me and the truth is we never had any doubts,” said Molano.

“I tried to launch my sprint as close to the line as possible, not so far out like yesterday because these stages … are tough,” the 25-year-old Colombian told ESPN.

Molano also won Wednesday’s 152km stage two in another sprint finish.

Caicedo remains atop the overall standings with three team-mates level with him on time – Sergio Higuita and Daniel Martinez, who are expected to challenge for the final victory, and Tejay van Garderen.

Tour Colombia 2020 – stage 3 results (Paipa – Sogamoso):

1Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)

3:57:00

2Edwin Avila (Israel Start-Up Nation)

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3Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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4Julian David Molano (Colombia-Andina)

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5Jhonatan Restrepo (Androni-Sidermec)

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6Umberto Marengo (Vini Zabu’ KTM)

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7Bert Van Lerberghe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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8Travis McCabe (Israel Start-Up Nation)

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9Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos)

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10Idar Andersen (Uno-X)

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Tour Colombia 2020 – general classification after stage 3:

1Jonathan Caicedo (EF Pro Cycling)

7:27:10

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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5Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)

+40”

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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