Julian Alaphilippe attacks to win stage 2 in San Juan

Julian Alaphilippe wins stage 2 vuelta san juan 2019

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):

1Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)


2Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)


3Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)


5Daniel Zamora (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)


6Carlos Barbero (Movistar)


7Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


8Nicolas Tivani (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)


9Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec)


10Hideto Nakane (Nippo-Vini Fantini)



Vuelta a San Juan 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)


2Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)


3Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)


4Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)


5Miguel Gamero (Peru)


6Ricardo Escuela (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)


7German Tivani (A.C.A Virgen de Fatima)


8Aleksandr Grigorev (Sporting Tavira)


9Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


10Laureano Rosas (Asociacon Civil Mardan)



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