Fernando Gaviria praises Tom Boonen after San Juan victory
Jan 24 2017 12:03 pm CET

Fernando Gaviria praises Tom Boonen after San Juan victory

Fernando Gaviria, winner of the opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, has praised teammate Tom Boonen for his lead-out work in the final sprint.

The Belgian's high pace caused the front group to split shortly before the finish, allowing Gaviria to take the victory ahead of Italian Elia Viviani.

"The lead-out of Tom Boonen was particularly fantastic," Gaviria said at the post-race press conference. "Hopefully this collaboration will lead to more victories in the coming days.

Argentina has brought the Colombian good memories in the past few years. In 2015 he defeated Mark Cavendish for a stage win and Peter Sagan was beaten in a sprint the next year.

In statements released by Quick-Step Floors, the rider took a moment to thank his teammates.

"It was a good day for us. The pace during the stage was OK and we were prepared for the final sprint. The guys were amazing in the finale, one which became a little bit chaotic, and I really want to thank everybody. Max (Richeze) and then Tom led me perfectly into the final straight. Once Tom swung to the left, I opened my sprint and gave everything. It's a luxury to have such riders in the team," he said.

"It was great to win here and take the leader's jersey in my first race of the season. It's no secret that I like racing in Argentina and it's always a pleasure to win here and get a boost of confidence for the upcoming races. I worked really hard in the past weeks and it’s nice to see it pay off. We will see what we can do tomorrow. Many strong riders and teams that want to win are here, but if the opportunity arises, then we will try to grab a second victory."
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media





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