Colombia Oro y Paz: Gaviria goes two for two

Fernando Gaviria has once again shown his fast legs in the Colombia Oro y Paz (2.1). The Colombian from Quick Step-Floors sprinted after more than 180 kilometers to the victory in Palmira, again for Manzana Postobon rider Juan Sebastián Molano and the Italian Matteo Malucelli (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia). Gaviria is now even stronger in the leader’s jersey due to his stage victory.

In contrast to yesterday, when a leading group formed immediately after the start, the game was closed today due to the high pace in the first race. This enabled leader Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) to gather a few bonification seconds after more than 30 kilometers at the intermediate sprint, ahead of Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky).

Only after sixty kilometers six riders were able to ride away: Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon), Juan Sebastian Arango (national selection), German Tivani (Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896), Weimar Roldán (Medellin-Inder), Adrián Richeze (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) and Carlos Julián Quintero (Orgullo Paisa). The six were kept under control throughout the entire stage by the peloton, which fought for a second bunch sprint.

At eight kilometers from the finish, the two survivors, Osorio and Tivani, were caught by the peloton. It were EF Education First-Drapac powered by Cannondale and Movistar, the teams of respectively Rigoberto Urán and Nairo Quintana, who took the initiative. At four kilometers from the line, however, it was Quick Step-Floors that took the course. In a chaotic final, Gaviria proved to have the fastest legs again in the final sprint.

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