Deceuninck – Quick-Step get off their South American campaign on the right foot.

Home favourite Maximiliano Richeze gave local fans something to cheer about, after winning the 10km criterium held Saturday evening, less than twenty-four hours before the start of the 37th Vuelta a San Juan.

The 35-year-old Argentinean, who closed out his 2018 season by sprinting to victory in Difunta Correa, made his move not far from the finish, inside the last two laps of the race, when he attacked from the peloton, taking only Nairo Quintana (Movistar) with him.

The duo put around half a minute between them and the chasers, and on the home straight, the 35-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider didn’t encounter any problem in taking the win by several bike lengths to the joy of the local crowd, with the Colombian and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) rounding out the podium.

“This victory in front of my public makes me happy. I raced here when I was young and it feels like home for me. After concluding last season with a win in Argentina, opening my 2019 account in my country gives me pride and joy”, Max Richeze said. “The public was amazing, one of the best in the world, and I am grateful for this welcome. It was also nice to have my family here and my daughter, who got to see me win. We can’t wait to race on Sunday, we are motivated and hope to bring other good results for the team.”

 

Photo credit: ©Sigfrid Eggers

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
2:54:26
2 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 Manuel Belletti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
0:00
5 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
6 Rudy Barbier
Israel Cycling Academy
0:00
7 Imerio Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
0:00
8 Matteo Malucelli
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
9 Ricardo Escuela
Agrupación Virgen de Fatima
0:00
10 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
32 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
35 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
36 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
136 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:14
1 Winner Anacona Gomez
Movistar Team
22:09:21
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:35
3 Óscar Sevilla Ribera
Medellin
0:57
4 Valerio Conti
UAE Team Emirates
1:03
5 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
1:13
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Movistar Team
1:20
7 César Nicolás Paredes Avellaneda
Medellin
1:24
8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
1:29
9 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:36
10 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
1:38
69 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:58
79 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:06
102 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:53
1 Daniel Zamora
Agrupación Virgen de Fatima
30 pt
2 César Nicolás Paredes Avellaneda
Medellin
26 pt
3 Facundo Matias Cattapán Carrion
Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
16 pt
4 Royner Navarro Calle
Peru
13 pt
5 Winner Anacona Gomez
Movistar Team
10 pt
6 Miguel Luis Álvarez Ayala
Mexico
9 pt
7 Cristhian Montoya Giraldo
Medellin
8 pt
8 Robert Méndez
Uruguay
8 pt
9 Iginio Daniel Lucero
Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
7 pt
10 Hamish Schreurs
Israel Cycling Academy
5 pt
14 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:10:57
2 Gino Mäder
Team Dimension Data
0:02
3 Sebastián Alexander Castaño Muñoz
Team Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenze
0:54
4 Alejandro Osorio Carbajal
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
3:52
5 Filippo Conca
Biesse Carrera
5:47
6 Luis Villalobos Hernández
Mexico
8:47
7 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
10:05
8 Wilson Estiben Peña Molano
Team Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenze
10:35
9 Ottavio Dotti
Team Beltrami Tsa – Hopplà – Petroli Firenze
12:03
10 Imerio Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
14:09
1 Movistar Team 66:31:02
2 Medellin 1:01
3 Agrupación Virgen de Fatima 3:35
4 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 4:46
5 Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè 6:30
6 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 8:05
7 Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito 11:06
8 Team Dimension Data 11:41
9 BORA - hansgrohe 14:11
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 14:18

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