The penultimate act of the Vuelta was for Samuel Welsford

Jan 28, 2023 | 0 comments

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In a massive repackage, the Australian out-lined Bennet and Gaviria | Photography: Vuelta a San Juan.

The penultimate stage of the 39th Tour of San Juan was no exception, as the UCI World Tour cyclists dedicated themselves to riding, complicating those who tried to break away in the first kilometers, especially if they were among the top positions in the general classification. So when seven men made the escape from the peloton no one bothered to complicate the initiative since it was known that they would go looking for mountain and sprints.

Ineos – Grenadiers and Team Movistar, the first two teams in the standings and even Bora, which was far away but with Sergio Higuita located third overall, worked thinking of a stage definition in the final sprint, which gave all the sensation that is what would happen, as a carbon copy of the definitions in flat stages.

It was so that after all staying together and watching each other the group of finishers, after the two turns around the circuit in Pocito, they reached the absolutely electrifying finish, offering a high-level show that was for the first time in the race, in hands of a representative of the DSM team through the Australian Samuel Welsford, leaving the Irish Sam Bennett (BORA – Hansgrohe) to 2nd place and the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (MOVISTAR) 3rd.

The leader of the general classification, Miguel Ángel López, arrived in the majority group, accompanied by the other men from Team Medellín, which is why he maintains the difference in his favor. Of the World Tour, the best continues to be Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), who is 2nd, 30 seconds behind the lead; 3rd Sergio Higuita (BORA – Hansgrohe) at 44s; 4th Einer Rubio (MOVISTAR), climbing to 5th place Brandon Rivera Vargas (Ineos Grenadiers) at 1m01s. The 39th edition of the Vuelta a San Juan is going to be held this Sunday entirely on Avenida de Circunvalación, with the start and finish point in front of the bridge over Mendoza street. It will have seven turns to complete a total of 112 kilometers, starting the competition at 5:15 p.m.

Photography: The penultimate act of the Vuelta was for Samuel Welsford


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