Vuelta a San Juan Internacional - 36 Edicion

Stage 1) San Juan - Pocito

AR Argentina, Sunday 27 January 2019
159.1 km

Evenepoel and Vakoč in the spotlight in San Juan opener

Evenepoel and Vakoč in the spotlight in San Juan opener

Stage 1 of Vuelta San Juan, a 159.1km-long trek to Pocito, where the riders had to cover a 26km-long lap before fighting for victory, marked Remco Evenepoel’s debut with the pros, but also Petr Vakoc’s return after a 16-month break caused by an injury.

Evenepoel, winner of more than 30 races in the junior category in the space of just 18 months, including the National, European and World Championships, is the youngest rider in the World Tour this season, having turned 19 just two days before the start of the Argentinean race, which this year runs its 37th edition.

The promising Belgian spared no effort on a day that saw temperatures push 40 degrees Celsius, taking over the reins in the bunch several times throughout the stage and setting the tempo behind the eight escapees which snapped the elastic immediately after the start. At one point, when several men stretched out the pack and tried to open a gap in the crosswinds, Remco was the first to react, easily shutting down that move and calming things down.

“It was a good stage to make my debut. Not too difficult, with just some rolling sections and only a few technical parts. The plan was to help the team and set the pace in the peloton, and I am happy with how things went. It’s a pity we didn’t won, but we’ll get other chances next week, that I am sure of.”

After skipping the 2018 season due to an injury which required months of rehabilitation, Petr Vakoč took the biggest victory of his life, overcoming these tough moments and making his comeback in the peloton on Sunday afternoon. The 26-year-old, who never stopped believing in himself, impressed with the relentless stints and huge amount of work laid down at the front of the bunch, which helped the field reel in both breakaway groups that tried their chance on stage 1.

“It was nice to be back in the peloton. I felt pretty good, but I must say that when we started racing in the echelons I wasn’t really comfortable with the high speed. I will need some time to get used to it, but I am confident things will get better and better. Afterwards, when everything calmed down, I pulled again for 30-40 kilometers and felt great to be there and help the team”, a happy Petr said.

The bunch sprint in Pocito was a chaotic one, as the teams scrapped to put their leaders into a good position on the long finishing straight, at the end of which Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) emerged victorious. Alvaro Hodeg got in the mix for Deceuninck – Quick-Step and concluded fifth in what was the first of the three opportunities the sprinters should enjoy at the South American race.

 

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Race details

1 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
3:50:12
2 Matteo Malucelli
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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3 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Luca Pacioni
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
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5 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Rudy Barbier
Israel Cycling Academy
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7 Ricardo Escuela
Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima
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8 Mark Cavendish
Team Dimension Data
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9 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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10 Manuel Belletti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
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34 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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44 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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132 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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154 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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155 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
3:50:02
2 Matteo Malucelli
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:04
3 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
4 Maximiliano Ezequiel Navarrete
Argentina
0:07
5 Gerardo Matías Tivani Pérez
Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
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6 Tiago Machado
Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira
0:08
7 Victor Arroyo
Argentina
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8 Emiliano Contreras
Asociacion Civil Mardan
0:09
9 Alejandro Osorio Carbajal
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
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10 Luca Pacioni
Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM
0:10
11 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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50 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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133 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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155 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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156 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Alejandro Osorio Carbajal
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
3:50:11
2 Kevin Castro Carbajal
Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
0:01
3 Imerio Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
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4 Tommaso Fiaschi
Team Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenze
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5 Ottavio Dotti
Team Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenze
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6 Matúš Štoček
Team Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenze
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7 Luis Villalobos Hernández
Mexico
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8 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Gino Mäder
Team Dimension Data
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10 Oscar Nehuen Bazan Claveles
Start Cycling Team
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1 Daniel Zamora
Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima
6 pt
2 Emiliano Contreras
Asociacion Civil Mardan
2 pt
3 Pedro Gordillo
Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
2 pt
4 Héctor Lucero
Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
2 pt
1 BORA - hansgrohe 11:30:36
2 UAE-Team Emirates ,,
3 Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia - KTM ,,
4 Team Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenze ,,
5 Medellin ,,
6 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ,,
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
8 Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira ,,
9 Movistar Team ,,
10 Israel Cycling Academy ,,

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