Remco Evenepoel stays in green ahead of the final stage.

On paper, it should have been an easy day at the Vuelta a San Juan, but the reality on the road showed once again that the beauty of cycling resides in the fact that it’s impossible to predict 100% what will happen in a race.

A flat 153km-long course with a short uphill drag to the finish – this is what was on store for Saturday’s Vuelta a San Juan stage 6, which took place on a loop starting and finishing on Autodromo El Villicum. A four-man break animated the day from the opening kilometers, carving out a maximum lead of five minutes, which began to really worry the peloton inside the final 25 kilometers of the day, when the escapees still held a three-minute lead.

Despite the furious chase, all that the bunch could do was reduce the deficit to under a minute by the time they entered the circuit which was to be covered twice. The strong crosswinds, the rain and the rise to the line made for a very chaotic finale, which saw the pack split into several groups. From one of these, Maximiliano Richeze and Julian Alaphilippe sprinted to a top 10 finish, a handful of seconds behind winner Nicolas Tivani (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima).

Neo-pro Remco Evenepoel overcome all the traps that made the last kilometers of Saturday’s stage harder than expected and concluded safely in the main bunch, keeping the green jersey he’s been wearing since stage 3 of the Vuelta a San Juan. All that stands now between the 19-year-old – ninth in the general classification – and his first important result is a flat 141.3km-long stage around San Juan, scheduled Sunday afternoon.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 German Nicolás Tivani Pérez
Agrupación Virgen de Fatima
3:13:29
2 Daniel Diaz
Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
0:00
1011 Daniel Zamora
Agrupación Virgen de Fatima
0:00
4 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
0:12
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
0:12
6 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
7 Simone Consonni
UAE Team Emirates
0:12
8 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
0:12
9 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
10 Rudy Barbier
Israel Cycling Academy
0:16
13 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
34 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
126 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:46
1 Winner Anacona Gomez
Movistar Team
19:14:55
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
70 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:58
80 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:12
104 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:39
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:16:31
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
3:38
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 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 Movistar Team 57:47:44
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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