Cortina in front after an unpredictable stage
San Juan, Saturday 27th January – What you do not expect. It had to be a sprinters stage and instead almost came the breakaway. With few km to go, in fact, the Belgian Jelle Wallays tried a late attack from his breakaway’s teammates to seal the solo win in San Juan.
Ivan Garcia Cortina finished in the fifteenth position after the sprint bunch. “I tried to make the sprint to see how I feel – says the Spanish rider – for me this race it’s useful to prepare the Belgian’s Classics next March”-
Nothing change in the overall standings with Kanstantsin Siutsou always in ninth position just over three minutes from the race leader the Argentinean Gonzalo Najar. In the finale, ”Kosta” has become the protagonist of a good action when there were only 5 km left to the finish line.
“They took me almost at the last kilometer – says the Belarusian athlete – when I was about to take back the fugitives. I thought that if I came out of the peloton they would have accelerated and so Bonifazio could prove the sprint “.
The thirty-sixth edition of Vuelta San Juan ends tomorrow with the traditional circuiti along the ring road of the city. There will be 9 laps to perform for a total of 141 km. This seventh stage should be hunting ground for sprinters.
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