Julian Alaphilippe attacked on the short, sharp closing climb of the second stage and held off the closing peloton to take the stage win at the Vuelta a San Juan.
With a bit more than two kilometres to go, Alaphilippe attacked and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) followed him, but almost a kilometre later the French rider of left the other two behind.
Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) was one of the riders that increased the pace in the reduced peloton, but it was not enough to catch Alaphilippe.
“I was really looking to win today. This was a good stage for me and all the team did a good job. I was motivated to finish it off and when I attacked I never imagined I’d stay away to the line, but I did. I’m really happy to start my season with a win,” Alaphilippe explained, playing down talk he is now an overall contender.
“There’s the time trial next, but I’m here to start my season and wanted to win a stage. I’ve done that and so now I’ll take the GC day-by-day. There’s no pressure on me to do well in the general classification. Stage 3 is another day. I’ll try to do my best again. If I get a good result, it’s nice, but if I lose time, it’s no stress. We’ll have other opportunities.”
Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) kept the lead in the general classification and Alaphilippe climbed to the second position.
Vuelta a San Juan 2019 – stage 2 results (Chimbas – Peri Lago Punta Negra):
|1||Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)|
|2||Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)|
|3||Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|4||Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)|
|5||Daniel Zamora (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)|
|6||Carlos Barbero (Movistar)|
|7||Richard Carapaz (Movistar)|
|8||Nicolas Tivani (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)|
|9||Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec)|
|10||Hideto Nakane (Nippo-Vini Fantini)|
Vuelta a San Juan 2019 – general classification after stage 2:
|1||Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)|
|2||Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)|
|3||Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)|
|4||Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|5||Miguel Gamero (Peru)|
|6||Ricardo Escuela (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)|
|7||German Tivani (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)|
|8||Aleksandr Grigorev (Sporting Tavira)|
|9||Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)|
|10||Laureano Rosas (Asociacon Civil Mardan)|