Race Report: Gonzalo Najar takes stage and tops GC at Vuelta a San Juan
Jan 26 2018 06:09 pm CET

Race Report: Gonzalo Najar takes stage and tops GC at Vuelta a San Juan
Race Report: Gonzalo Najar takes stage and tops GC at Vuelta a San Juan
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Argentinean champion Gonzalo Najar (Sindicato Empleados Publicos) has won the fifth stage of the Vuelta a San Juan.

The stage was 169.5 kilometres long between San Martin and Alto del Colorado Iglesia and started with the escape of nine riders including Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) Mauro Richeze (Agrupacion Virgen de Fatima), Daniel Juarez (Asociacion Civil Mardan) and Alex Cano (Coldeportes-Zenu-Sello Rojo). This group created a gap of more than five minutes with the peloton.

The escapees were caught at the last ascent and riders like Winner Anacona (Movistar) and Omar Mendoza (Medellin) unsuccessfully tried to get away. With around 16 kilometres to go, Najar made his move and attacked taking his teammate Jose Rodriguez with him. At the last kilometres, the Argentinean continued on his own and Oscar Sevilla (Medellin) and Rodolfo Torres (Androni-Giocatolli) went hunting, but couldn't close the gap.

Najar crossed the finish line on his own and almost two minutes later, Sevilla and Torres secured second and third place respectively. Ignacio Prado and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) completed the top five of the day.

The Argentinean champion also tops the General Classification standings. Sevilla, Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates), Torres and Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) finalize the top five of the overall classification.




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