Colombia 2.1

Stage 3) Llanogrande - Llanogrande

CO Colombia, Thursday 14 February 2019
167.6 km

Alaphilippe comes close to victory in Llanogrande

Alaphilippe comes close to victory in Llanogrande

Winner of a stage on Alto Boqueron last year at the inaugural edition of the South American race, Julian Alaphilippe was in the mix for another victory, this time in Llanogrande, where stage 3 – which included a short but tough climb many local riders knew from the National Championships a couple of years ago – concluded after 167.6 intense kilometers.

The pace was fierce from the very putset, with six strong riders making it into the breakaway and prompting a swift response from the Deceuninck – Quick-Step-led peloton, who reeled them in before the first intermediate sprint of the day, won by general classification leader and stage 2 victor Alvaro Hodeg. Shortly, a four-man move got away and was allowed by the bunch to go three minutes clear, an advantage which began to melt as soon as the chasers decided to push the pedal to the metal.

Another consequence was Alvaro being dropped on Alto Nano, but our team wasn’t short of options, and immediately rallied around Julian Alaphilippe, who moved near the front of the bunch and stayed attentive as more and more riders tried to jump away from the pack, hoping to give the others the slip. Not even after the escapees got reabsorbed did things calm down, a flurry of attacks stretching out the field and making it really tough in the closing kilometers.

Under the red kite, Luxembourg Champion Bob Jungels took the front of the peloton and put in a mammoth turn for Alaphilippe, who stayed tucked on his wheel, waiting for the last 100 meters to make a move. Despite a solid acceleration, the 26-year-old was outgunned by Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates), the only sprinter to have made the cut on the climb.

“I was in a good position inside the final kilometer thanks to Bob, who worked hard and did a top job to protect and bring me there, but the stage was very hard and I could feel that in my legs at the end. Despite coming second, we do not have any regrets, because I know that Molano is really fast. We tried and we’ll try again tomorrow, the race is far from being over”, said Julian Alaphilippe, the only non-South American rider to conclude in the top 10 on Thursday, after picking up six seconds and climbing to fourth overall.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
3:42:52
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Diego Antonio Ochoa Camargo
Manzana Postobon
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4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
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5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
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6 Edwin Ávila Vanegas
Israel Cycling Academy
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7 Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
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8 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal
Colombia
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9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
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10 Edison Munoz
Orgullo Paisa
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19 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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120 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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127 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:41
128 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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143 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
7:19:37
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
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3 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
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4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:08
6 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
Team Sky
0:09
8 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team Sky
0:10
9 Chris Froome
Team Sky
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10 Sebastián Henao Gómez
Team Sky
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120 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:36
121 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:49
144 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:55
145 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:00
1 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
2 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
4 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
12 pt
5 Martin Laas
Team Illuminate
12 pt
6 Diego Antonio Ochoa Camargo
Manzana Postobon
10 pt
7 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
8 pt
8 Mihkel Räim
Israel Cycling Academy
8 pt
9 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7 pt
10 Edwin Ávila Vanegas
Israel Cycling Academy
6 pt
1 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
7:19:37
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:08
3 Jhonatan Narváez Prado
Team Sky
0:09
4 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team Sky
0:10
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:22
6 Rodrigo Contreras
Astana Pro Team
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7 Cristian Camilo Muñoz
UAE-Team Emirates
0:35
8 Harold Tejada Canacue
Medellin
0:40
9 Johnatan Cañaveral Vargas
Coldeportes Bicicletas Strongman
0:53
10 Jhojan García Sosa
Manzana Postobon
0:54
41 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:36
1 William David Muñoz Pérez
Coldeportes Bicicletas Strongman
6 pt
2 Jose Tito Hernandez
Orgullo Paisa
4 pt
3 Fabio Duarte Arevalo
Medellin
4 pt
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
3 pt
5 Diego Antonio Ochoa Camargo
Manzana Postobon
3 pt
6 Óscar Adalberto Quiroz Ayala
Coldeportes Bicicletas Strongman
3 pt
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
2 pt
8 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education First
1 pt
9 Óscar Sevilla Ribera
Medellin
1 pt
10 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
1 pt
1 EF Education First 21:28:41
2 Team Sky 0:10
3 Astana Pro Team 0:22
4 UAE-Team Emirates 0:35
5 Medellin 0:40
6 Movistar Team 0:44
7 EPM 0:52
8 Coldeportes Bicicletas Strongman 0:53
9 Manzana Postobon 0:54
10 Coldeportes Zenu 1:03

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