Sometimes even the good black pudding is repeated. it does too Juan Sebastián Molano, who signed the third win of his record this Tuesday Return to Burgos. The Colombian (28 years old) has always been in the shadow of the great sprinters wherever he has been, especially in recent seasons when he has acted as such Luxury pitcher in the UAE Team Emirates ranks for Fernando Gaviria (since this year in Movistar) and Pascal Ackermann. However, he always managed to make a hole for himself, sticking his head out. Last year he showed his name to be remembered when he clinched victory in the Madrid final the turn, his first and only success at a major. Hugely superior to everyone in the Volata, the Colombian robbed one Iván García Cortina was second. It is the fifth top-five result of the season for the Asturian (along with Trofeo Palma, Valencian Community stage, E3 and Castilla y León stage), who is yet to claim a win in 2023.
In this edition of the Burgos Circuit, Molano has already done his homework: just a stage with a clear exit to the sprint and victory. The extra price of the guided tour included. A privileged position that will be very difficult to defend together with his Emirati teammates this Wednesday in the team time trial of this 45th edition of the race. In this scenario, most of the tickets were bought by the group Jumbo, which has very good specialists such as Jan Tratnik, Edoardo Affini and of course cousin roglic. Anything that isn’t a success for the Dutch team, who had the situation under control at all times today so their leader didn’t waste time or energy, will come as a huge surprise.
Before that, it’s time to analyze this premiere of the Vuelta a Burgos. Villalba de Duero welcomed the first mission with a heartfelt tribute to the deceased Gino Mader, whose colleagues have collected a nice gift to commemorate the Swiss. Always at the heart of cycling, wherever it is. Despite the fact that the course of the day followed the traditional and expected scenario of a flat route, there were interesting alternatives. As the Kern Pharma’s attempt to expand with 58 km to go. Although not effective, it was applauded.
At this point, the five riders who made up the breakaway were still fighting at the front, with plenty of Spanish flair: Jose Maria Garcia (Hyper Europe), Italian Mattia Bais from “stowaway” (EOLO), Xabier Berasategi (Euskatel), Josu Etxeberria (Rural fund) and Angel Fuentes (Burgos BH), the only Burgos in the race, representing local pride. Teams striving for victory like UAE always stayed well at the top. The escape ended his adventure 12 km from the finish. Shortly thereafter, approx 8.5 km before the finish, Lennard Kämna went on the attack on a small slope. The maneuver, as surprising as it is suicidal. And although the German gained a few seconds, he was unable to counter the advance of the large group. Molano won the sprint with a wheel advantage. Good show, and this has only just begun.