Molano wins chaotic and lively stage 3 of Volta ao Alentejo

The longest stage of the race, unfolded according to an unusual scenario. After very intense competition, Juan Molano took the win in a chaotic sprint.

Info: February 24rd, etap 3., Monforte – Portel, 208,8km

Course: flat (3 intermediate sprints – 46,1km, 106,4km, 165,5km)

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The longest stage of the race was also a very fast and lively one. Just like the day before the pace was very high early on, as many riders were eyeing the intermediate sprints and bonus seconds to gain there. Carlos Barbero (Movistar) took advantage of the fact, that there was no breakaway in the front and won the first sprint.

Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Anton Vorobyev (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling), Domingos Gonçalves (RP-Boavista) and Diego Rubio (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) recorded the biggest gap of the day, almost 3 minutes, but their move didn’t last long. They pulled away just before 100km mark and were brought back in 30 kilometers later.

Later on still nobody was able to launch a successful attack, as the bunch would split due to the high speed. Eventually it all came back together and for the third time in a row the fast men of the peloton were fighting for the win. Juan Molano (Manzana Postobon) was the strongest among them and nailed the win in an uphill sprint. He bested Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Carlos Barbero, who retained his overall lead.

The bunch gallop was affected by a late crash and Jan Tratnik was involved. He didn’t injure  himself but damaged his rear wheel. He still managed to finish 27th.