Miguel Florez wins eventful Queen Stage at Vuelta a San Juan, Remco Evenepoel keeps GC lead
Feb 01 2020 06:54 am CET

Miguel Florez wins eventful Queen Stage at Vuelta a San Juan, Remco Evenepoel keeps GC lead
Miguel Florez wins eventful Queen Stage at Vuelta a San Juan, Remco Evenepoel keeps GC lead
Vuelta a San Juan

Miguel Eduardo Florez (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) has taken the victory of the Queen stage at the Vuelta a San Juan while Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) kept the lead of the overall classification.

The most demanding stage of the current edition of the Argentinian race was 169.5 kilometres long over a route that included one climb of the third category, two of the second category and a mountain finish on the first category ascent of the Alto Colorado.

A group of eight riders managed to escape early on the stage and managed to create a gap of more than four minutes with the pack. At the start of the last ascent of the day, Bora-hansgrohe and UAE Team Emirates set a high pace in front which -with the help of crosswinds- caused a break in the pack and left the GC leader Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), struggling behind.

Riders like Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) set the pace of the group while behind Evenepoel controlled the pace of the third group to minimize the loses. With around 12 kilometres to go, McNulty attacked from the second group and caught the remaining escapees and set a pace that only Juan Javier Melivilo (Municipalidad de Pocito), could stand.

Moments later, the Argentinean was dropped and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) joined McNulty in front, but they were also soon caught by Evenepoel's group. The group arrived together to the final kilometre and close to the finish line, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Miguel Eduardo Florez attacked and took the stage victory while the Belgian rider of Deceuninck-Quick-Step maintained the GC lead.

Oscar Sevilla, McNulty, and Martin crossed the finish line behind the Colombian winner of the stage and ahead of Evenepoel.






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