Before a crowd, the 39th edition of the competition finished in the Avenida de Circunvalación | Photography: Vuelta a San Juan.
The seventh stage was a mere procedure for the 133 survivors that the Vuelta a San Juan had. The day with a better weather than the previous days, accompanied the thousands of San Juan residents who were present in the 16-kilometer ring that Avenida de Circunvalación has.
The UCI World Tour cyclists, together with the entire peloton, dedicated themselves to riding the first lap as if they were in neutralization rhythm for the tribute to Maxi Richeze, who was contesting his last race. That is to say, there were six speed laps where everyone looked at each other askance and did not allow any escape from those who were in vanguard positions and for this reason, the members of Team Medellín were taking care of the leader of the general classification, “Superman” López.
Finally, the last 16 km, entering the last turn, was the moment chosen by Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick Step) together with the North American Quinn Simmons (Trek Segafredo) to mark differences, which were extended until reaching half a minute but with three kilometers to go to the finish line, they were neutralized by the majority group.
From that moment on, a hard job began with the teams that alternated to try to escape with one of their men and reach the finish line with an advantage but the iron marks of all, made that intention come to naught and therefore was that the stage was defined -once again- in the final packing with the second consecutive stage victory of the Australian Samuel Welsford (from the Netherlands team, DSM), beating Fabio Jakobsen (Soudal Quick Step) at the finish line ) and the Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel – Premier Tech).
The race was left in the hands of the Colombian Miguel Ángel López, escorted by the Italian Filippo Ganna and then three compatriot cyclists of the winner classified: 3rd Sergio Higuita, 4th Einer Rubio, 5th Brandon Rivera.
Brilliant closing for the 39th edition of the Vuelta a San Juan, with one hundred and fifty thousand people as eyewitnesses of the ever-present passion of the people of San Juan for cycling. There were eight days of celebration for the province and, without any doubt, they are already beginning to think about the 40th edition in 2024.