Race Report: Fernando Gaviria wins first stage at Vuelta a San Juan
Jan 21 2018 11:41 pm CET

Race Report: Fernando Gaviria wins first stage at Vuelta a San Juan
Race Report: Fernando Gaviria wins first stage at Vuelta a San Juan
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Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria has won the first stage of the Vuelta a San Juan. The Colombian is as such the first leader of the Argentinean race.

The first stage was flat between San Juan and Pocito and was 148.9 kilometres long. The first news of the day was the absence of Vincenzo Nibali and Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida) because of a stomach virus.

Early on the day, a breakaway formed and managed to get a gap of almost three minutes over the peloton. Adrian Richeze (Asociacion Civil Agrupacion Virgen de Fatima), Daniel Juarez (Asociacion Civil Mardan), Pablo Anchieri (Uruguay), Facundo Cattapan (Rawson Somos Todos), Duilio Ramos (Argentina), Juan Melivilo (Municipalidad de Pocito) and Victor Olivares (Chile) got caught at 18 kilometres from the finish line by a peloton pulled by Quick-Step Floors.

With 16 kilometres to go, Francisco Monte (Asociacion Civil Mardan) tried his luck in a solo move, but the motivated sprint trains reeled him back in a few kilometres later. In the last kilometres, other riders attempted to escape but were soon caught by the peloton.

Quick-Step Floors' sprint train managed to organize itself well in the last kilometres and positioned Gaviria perfectly for him to make the last acceleration and take the victory of the first stage. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) crossed the finish line second and Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-hansgrohe) was third.

This is the second consecutive season in which Gaviria wins the opening stage at the Argentinean race.




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