Race Report: Max Richeze takes stage in an eventful stage at Vuelta a San Juan
Jan 24 2018 10:30 pm CET

Race Report: Max Richeze takes stage in an eventful stage at Vuelta a San Juan
Race Report: Max Richeze takes stage in an eventful stage at Vuelta a San Juan
Quick-Step Floors jersey ©Sigfrid Eggers

Max Richeze has taken the victory at the fourth stage of the Vuelta a San Juan. The Quick-Step Floors rider crossed the finish line ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo and Matteo Pelucchi.

The fourth stage of the Argentinean race was 182.8 kilometres long between San Jose de Jachal and Villa San Agustin. The stage started with an escape of six riders: Alex Cano (Coldeportes Zenu Sello Rojo), Daniel Eaton (UnitedHealthCare), Daniel Juarez (Asociacion Civil Mardan), Pablo Alarcon (Canel's-Specialized), Adrian Richeze (Virgen de Fatima) and Gerardo Tivani (Municipalidad de Pocito) created a gap of almost four minutes with the peloton.

Quick-Step Floors and Bora-hansgrohe took control of the pace and reduced the gap with the breakaway, catching it with more than 30 kilometres to go. Soon after there was a crash that involved riders like Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Ricardo Escuela (Virgen de Fatima) and Ruben Ramos.

With 20 kilometres to go, the race was neutralised because of a river flood with the action resuming after the peloton had passed the tricky point. With all the bunch together, the stage was sentenced to a final sprint.

With the absence of Gaviria, who had to retire because of the crash, Max Richeze became the main man of Quick-Step Floors and the team positioned him perfectly to take the victory. Trek-Segafredo's Giacomo Nizzolo and Bora-hansgrohe's Matteo Pelucchi were second and third on the stage.

The General Classification standing remains the same with Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) leading, followed by Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) and Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder).




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