Rudy Barbier wins accidented first stage of Vuelta a San Juan
Jan 27 2020 07:38 am CET

Rudy Barbier wins accidented first stage of Vuelta a San Juan
Rudy Barbier wins accidented first stage of Vuelta a San Juan
Vuelta a San Juan

Israel Start-Up Nation's Rudy Barbier has taken the victory at the first stage of the Vuelta a San Juan.

The first stage of the South American race was 168 kilometres long over a route that featured three climbs of the third category and was bound to have a fast finish. The escape fo the day was formed by nine riders, including names like Agustín Fraysse, Cesar Paredes and Mattia Bais, among others.

Meanwhile, a peloton that included top sprinters like Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) worked hard to close the gap and force a fast finale. This goal was finally reached with around 27 kilometres to go and the pack rode together until the end.

With around three kilometres to go, there was a big crash that caused a break in the peloton, but the main candidates for the victory of the stage remained in front. The final kilometre was chaotic and Israel Start-Up Nation's Rudy Barbier was the first to cross the finish line, followed by Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Manuel Belletti and Tomas Contte (Municipalidad de Pocito).

Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates), Hodeg and Sagan finished in the fourth, fifth and sixth places while Gaviria did it in the ninth position. Barbier also took the lead of the General Classification.






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