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Colombian nationwide champion Alejandro Osorio (GW Erco Shimano) gained degree 3 on the Excursion Colombia after outsprinting late-race breakaway better half Rodrigo Contreras (Nu Colombia) in Tunja.
Contreras and Osorio shaped a bigger seven-rider breakaway that emerged at the ultimate lap of racing, however the Nu Colombia rider attacked inside of 2km to head and won a narrow lead over the remainder of the gang.
Osorio temporarily spoke back, then again, and crossed the space, connecting with Contreras’ again wheel and profitable the two-up dash to the road.
Rigoberto Uran (EF Training-EasyPost) sprinted in for 3rd position forward of Jonathan Caicedo (Petrolike) in fourth, Egan Bernal (Colombia) in 5th, Iván Ramiro Sosa (Movistar Staff) 6th, Adrián Bustamante (GW Erco Shimano) 7th and Edgar David Cadena (Petrolike) 8. All had been within the preliminary last-lap breakaway.
Niccolò Bonifazio (Corratec-Vini Fantini) gained the lowered staff dash for 9th position, crossing the road simply 11 seconds in the back of the breakaway.
Osorio moved into the full race lead, taking the jersey from degree 2 winner and in a single day chief Harold Tejada (Astana-Qazaqstan). Tejada is now located in 2d total at six seconds again, with Andrea Piccolo (EF Training-EasyPost) in 3rd at 11 seconds.
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The way it spread out
The proper issue of the race profile used to be open to plenty of interpretations, but it surely used to be transparent that any roughly circuit round Tunja, Colombia’s easiest departmental capital, could be a hard one. There is not any arguing with geography.
When Harold Tejada (Astana-Qazaqstan) seized the yellow jersey with an enterprising victory in Santa Rosa de Viterbo, he used to be already being requested to solid his thoughts forward to the decisive summit end at the Alto del Vino on Saturday. The Colombian will have guessed, then again, that his competitors could be poised to probe him for any indicators of weak point on Thursday’s attritional degree, which took in of 11 laps of a 12.9km circuit.
In spite of the rolling terrain and the altitude in far more than 2,700m, the primary lap used to be run off at a brisk reasonable tempo of 43kph, and there wasn’t a number of respite even after the day’s early spoil of Santiago Gómez (Staff Sistecrédito), Bernardo Suaza (Petrolike) and Brayan Sánchez (Staff Medellín) solid transparent.
That trio would ultimately carve out an benefit of greater than 3 mins, hanging Gómez into the digital race lead, however there used to be by no means any actual risk of the placement spiralling out of regulate for the GC favourites. Like on Tuesday’s opening degree, Astana-Qazaqstan and Movistar discovered not unusual purpose on the head of the bunch, despite the fact that this day trip, it used to be their rapid males who had been doing a lot of the paintings, with Mark Cavendish and Fernando Gaviria distinguished.
Cavendish ultimately swung off with a colour underneath 4 laps to head, however his display hadn’t somewhat completed. As he soft-pedalled up the circuit’s hardest climb, the Manxman entered into the festive spirit of the instance, accepting a telephone from a fan to take a rolling selfie after which slapping outstretched arms all solution to the highest of the ascent.
Via then, the depth of the peloton used to be incessantly emerging, whilst the spoil used to be down to 2 riders, Suaza and Gómez. With 3 laps to head, the space used to be down to at least one:50, and it used to be telling that EF Training-EasyPost’s Andrea Piccolo used to be now to the fore. As soon as the street started to climb once more, Richard Carapaz used to be quickly at the offensive, and his acceleration brought about a brisk response from a temporarily shrinking bunch.
Carapaz went once more on the second one climb of the circuit, splintering the bunch nonetheless additional, with Colombian champion Alejandro Osorio (GW) counter attacking excessive. Piccolo used to be subsequent to take a look at his good fortune in a breathless series, and by the point they started the penultimate lap, there have been most effective fifteen or so riders within the staff of favourites, simply 30 seconds down at the escapees.
Osorio went once more with some other former WorldTour rider Rodrigo Contreras (Nu Colombia) after a regrouping and this time the assault labored. The pair held off the chase to contest the degree win, with the Colombian champion popping out on best.
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