Vuelta a San Juan Internacional

Stage 4) San José Jáchal - Valle Fértil/Villa San Agustín

AR Argentina, Wednesday 29 January 2020
185.8 km

First podium of the season for Hodeg

First podium of the season for Hodeg

The longest stage of the 38th Vuelta a San Juan got underway Wednesday afternoon from San Jose de Jachal and travelled to Villa San Agustin, and despite the route featuring three classified climbs, another bunch gallop was expected at the finish. Several groups tried to slip away from the peloton in the first two hours of racing, but to no avail, the pack reacting to each of these attempts and keeping things together.

After cresting the summit of the last ascent, the riders took on the long descent, but not even there a breakaway could form. It was only with 40 kilometers to go that two riders zipped clear, managing to stay away until with three kilometers to go, when the peloton swept past them and the lead-out trains emerged at the front.

Piloted by Zdenek Stybar and Bert Van Lerberghe, Alvaro Hodeg navigated through the field and got involved in the fight for victory, eventually finishing third, behind Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Rudy Barbier (Israel Cycling Academy). Top 10 on each of the first two stages, the 23-year-old Colombian notched up a morale-boosting first podium of the season and showed he is gradually building his form after the hard crash he suffered last October.

For white jersey Remco Evenepoel, it was a pretty quiet day. At all times surrounded by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, the Belgian even picked up a bonus second at the last intermediate sprint and concluded the stage safely in the bunch. Evenepoel, one of the youngest riders in history to top the Vuelta a San Juan general classification, will now start the queen stage to Alto del Colorado, scheduled Friday, with a 33-second gap over his nearest opponent.

“The team did a great job today, controlling the race, while I followed attacks when they came on the climb and then made sure of safely arriving home with the peloton. We defended the jersey and we’ll try do it again Friday, on the Alto del Colorado, which is a long and pretty unusual climb, as echelons can form there before the last three kilometers, the hardest of the whole ascent”, Remco said at the press conference after his first day in the white jersey.

 

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Race details

1 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
4:08:03
2 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
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3 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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6 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Marco Benfatto
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
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8 Manuel Belletti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
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9 Nicolás Javier Naranjo Sánchez
Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima
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10 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
UAE-Team Emirates
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43 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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56 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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91 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:42:38
2 Filippo Ganna
Italy
0:33
3 Óscar Sevilla Ribera
Team Medellin
1:09
4 Nelson Oliveira
Movistar Team
1:26
5 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
1:27
6 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
1:28
7 Alexander Evtushenko
Russia
1:29
8 Colin Joyce
Rally Cycling
1:41
9 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
1:42
10 Gavin Mannion
Rally Cycling
1:44
14 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:05
45 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49
85 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:25
87 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:42:38
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
1:27
3 Diego Andres Camargo
Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas
2:07
4 Iñigo Elosegui Momene
Movistar Team
2:22
5 Vinicius Rangel Costa
Brazil
2:48
6 Leonardo Rodriguez
Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
3:37
7 Yeisson Ferney Casallas Rincon
Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas
3:45
8 Oscar Nehuen Bazan Claveles
Argentina
4:03
9 Leonardo Henrique Finkler
Brazil
4:14
10 Tomas Contte
Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
5:54
1 César Nicolás Paredes Avellaneda
Team Medellin
19 pt
2 Mattia Bais
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
17 pt
3 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
16 pt
4 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
5 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
7 pt
6 Simon Pellaud
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
4 pt
7 Robin Carpenter
Rally Cycling
4 pt
8 Nelson Andrés Soto Martínez
Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas
4 pt
9 Francisco Montes
Argentina
3 pt
10 Diego Andres Camargo
Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas
2 pt
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 35:12:52
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:21
3 Rally Cycling 0:25
4 Italy 0:32
5 Team Medellin 0:39
6 Movistar Team 0:47
7 Sindicato Empleados Públicos of San Juan 1:10
8 Transportes Puertas de Cuyo 2:12
9 UAE-Team Emirates 2:17
10 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 2:22

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