Colombian sprinter catches late attacker Vincenzo Albanese at the eleventh hour
Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) claimed a mass sprint victory in Licata at the end of Stage 1 of Il Giro di Sicilia Eolo after he overtook Vincenzo Albanese right before the line. The Italian from EOLO-Kometa had anticipated the bunch gallop at the approach of the last kilometre but Max Richeze, the lead-out man of UAE Team Emirates, kept him on a leash in service of his sprinter. Albanese and Richeze rounded out the podium. Earlier, three riders formed a long-lasting breakaway: Matteo Zurlo (Zalf Euromobil Fior), Jacopo Cortese (MG.K Vis VPM) and Charles-Etienne Chrétien (Rally Cycling), who took the race’s first King of the Mountains jersey.
1 – Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) – 179 km in 4h40’58”, average speed 38.225 km/h
2 – Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) s.t.
3 – Maximiliano Richeze (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
1 – Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) at 4″
3 – Maximiliano Richeze (UAE Team Emirates) at 6″.
The leaders' Jerseys
Maglia Giallo Rossa, leader of the General Classification, sponsored by Regione Siciliana – Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)
Maglia Ciclamino, leader of the Points Classification, sponsored by Segafredo Zanetti – Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates), worn by Maximiliano Richeze (UAE Team Emirates)
Maglia Verde Pistacchio, leader of the Mountains Classification, sponsored by Valsir – Charles-Etienne Chretien (Rally Cycling)
Maglia Bianca, Best Young Rider, sponsored by Work Service Group – Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team)
The stage winner and Maglia Giallo Rossa Juan Sebastian Molano said: “Before the race, all the riders from our team got the instruction to be at the front at the last kilometre. We did that very well. Vincenzo Albanese rode away but we let him do that so we could take the bends without difficulty. We kept the distance we wanted. We knew we’d catch him but we didn’t want to catch him too early because it could have created attacks from others. At the end, Max [Richeze] produced his effort in the last curve with 250 metres to go. We did a nice sprint. It’s all thanks to the team, who did a beautiful and perfect job all day. I’m very happy and grateful to the team. I haven’t studied tomorrow’s course in great detail but I know there’s a bit more climbing than today. Today on the climb, I asked my team to ride harder because I had good legs. I hope to have the same legs tomorrow because I want to win one more time.”