Vuelta a San Juan Internacional

Stage 1) San Juan - San Juan

AR Argentina, Sunday 26 January 2020
163.5 km

Late crash ruins Vuelta a San Juan stage 1 finale

Late crash ruins Vuelta a San Juan stage 1 finale

The 163.5km-long stage 1 should have been a pretty straightforward one, without any real difficulties on the course and a bunch gallop in the cards, where our squad was aiming to be among the protagonists. For that very reason, Pieter Serry contributed to the chase behind the 11-man breakaway, putting in a mammoth effort and showing again what an amazing team player, as he gave everything out there in order to bring back the attackers.

With the catch being made more than 30 kilometers from the line, the sprint trains had plenty of time to get into position, but that didn’t ensure a quiet finish, as a fan who got to close to the bunch inside the closing four kilometers caused a massive crash and sent the riders tumbling everywhere. Remco Evenepoel was involved in that incident, which left a reduced group at the front, where Deceuninck – Quick-Step swiftly reorganised and went under the flamme rouge at the helm of the pack.

After Julian Alaphilippe and Zdenek Stybar stretched the peloton out, Bert Van Lerberghe took over and launched Alvaro Hodeg, who emerged from the group and looked poised to grab the win, but in the end finished fifth, as Rudy Barbier (Israel Start-Up Nation) took the victory. Remco Evenepoel arrived a couple of minutes later, but fortunately came out of the crash unscathed and will be at the start of stage 2 with the same time as the first group, after the organisers decided there would be no time differences following the pile-up.

“The team did a perfect job. Pieter was so strong, I think he was the strongest out there, pulling and pulling at the front and making our job easier. Due to that crash, we got a bit distanced, but Styby waited and helped us return in the peloton. Then the team did a great job, moving to the front with one kilometer left, and Alvaro showed that he had the legs, but the last 50 meters were too much in the end, as there was also some headwind. We didn’t get the win today, but the week has just started and we are confident we’ll have other chances”, said Bert Van Lerberghe in San Juan.

 

Photo credit: ©Sigfrid Eggers

Race details

1 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
3:45:14
2 Manuel Belletti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
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3 Tomas Contte
Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
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4 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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5 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Roman Maikin
Russia
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8 Luca Wackermann
Vini Zabù - KTM
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9 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Cyril Lemoine
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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23 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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62 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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76 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
3:45:04
2 Manuel Belletti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
0:04
3 Tomas Contte
Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
0:06
4 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
5 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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7 Roman Maikin
Russia
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8 Luca Wackermann
Vini Zabù - KTM
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9 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Cyril Lemoine
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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23 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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62 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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76 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Tomas Contte
Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
3:45:10
2 Oscar Nehuen Bazan Claveles
Argentina
0:04
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Felipe Aparecido Brito Ronzani
Brazil
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5 Iñigo Elosegui Momene
Movistar Team
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6 Leonardo Henrique Finkler
Brazil
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7 Leonardo Rodriguez
Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
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8 Diego Andres Camargo
Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas
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9 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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10 Veljko Stojnić
Vini Zabù - KTM
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1 César Nicolás Paredes Avellaneda
Team Medellin
9 pt
2 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
6 pt
3 Vinicius Rangel Costa
Brazil
2 pt
4 Iker Ballarin Manso
Fundación - Orbea
1 pt
1 Israel Start-Up Nation 11:15:42
2 UAE-Team Emirates ,,
3 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
4 Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè ,,
5 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec ,,
6 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
7 Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito ,,
8 Russia ,,
9 Movistar Team ,,
10 BORA - hansgrohe ,,

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