Race Report: Roman Villalobos victorious at second stage of Vuelta a San Juan
Jan 22 2018 11:41 pm CET

Race Report: Roman Villalobos victorious at second stage of Vuelta a San Juan
Race Report: Roman Villalobos victorious at second stage of Vuelta a San Juan
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Costa Rican Roman Villalobos of Canel's-Specialized has won the second stage at the Vuelta a San Juan. The rider was part of a last escape group and crossed the finish line ahead of Daniel Escuela and Tiesj Benoot.

The second stage of the Argentinean race was 149.9 kilometres long starting and finishing in Peri Lago Punta Negra. In the first kilometres Gerardo Tivani (Municipalidad de Pocito), Roderick Asconegui (Uruguay), Ignacio Prado (Canel's-Specialized) and Carlos Alzate (UnitedHealthCare), escaped and created a gap of almost five minutes with the peloton.

As the kilometres passed, Asconegui couldn't keep up with the pace of the escapees and dropped back to the pack. A few kilometres later, Tivani got a flat tire and was left behind by his companions.

With less than 50 kilometres to go, Prado and Alzate were neutralised by the peloton and after 20 kilometres of riding together, a group of six riders managed to create a gap with the rest. Winner Anacona (Movistar), Jose Rodriguez(Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan), Jeovane de Oliveira (Brasil), Marco Arriagada (Municipalidad de Pocito), Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal) and Cesar Paredes (Medellin-Inder) soon gained ground on the peloton.

Arriagada and Wallays were the last ones to resist a high pace but were eventually caught with 15 kilometres to go. At 11 kilometres from the end, Mattias Bais (Italy) attacked and took an advantage of around half a minute over the pack, but four kilometres later he too was reeled back in.

Gonzalo Najar (Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan) attacked at the start of the last climb but was chased down by a group of riders led by Bora-Hansgrohe's Rafal Majka. Moments later Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal), Daniel Escuela (Asociacion Civil Agrupacion Virgen de Fatima) and Roman Villalobos (Canel's-Specialized) attacked and arrived together at the finish line.

Villalobos showed to have the strongest legs and crossed the line just ahead of Escuela and Benoot, who were second and third. The Costa Rican is also the new leader of the General Classification, at the expense of Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria.




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