Local rider Najar takes Vuelta a San Juan queen stage, overall lead

Gonzalo Najar

Gonzolo Najar (S.E.P de San Juan) took his biggest result of his career soloing to an impressive victory on the queen stage of the Vuelta a San Juan atop Alto de Colorado.

With around 16 kilometres to go, Najar made his move and attacked taking his teammate Jose Rodriguez with him. At the last kilometres, the Argentinean continued on his own and Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder) and Rodolfo Torres (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) went hunting, but couldn’t close the gap.

“I have to say thank you to all the people here along the roadside,” Najar said. “In my mind I had quite a lot of things in the last kilometre. I felt a lot of support from the people, and thankfully this stage was like we planned in the morning.”

“When we attacked the descent before the final climb, Lotto was starting to push hard and I saw that my legs were good,” he said. “First my teammate Dotti tried and then it was my turn. I think I calculated perfectly my attack.

“I was here two or three times training, and then in the morning we woke up very early at six o’clock in the morning and our sports director showed us a video that motivated us a lot to try and surge the general classification today.”


Vuelta a San Juan 2018 – stage 5 results (San Martín – Alto de Colorado):

1 Gonzalo Najar (S.E.P. de San Juan)


2 Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder)


3 Rodolfo Torres (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia)


4 Roman Villalovos (Canels-Specialized)


5 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


6 Eduardo Sepulveda (Movistar)


7 Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates)


8 Cristian Muñoz (Coldeportes-Zenu)


9 Dayer Quintana (Movistar)


10 Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates)


General classification after stage 5:

1 Gonzalo Najar (S.E.P. de San Juan)


2 Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder)


3 Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates)


4 Rodolfo Torres (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia)


5 Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


6 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)


7 Omar Mendoza (Medellin-Inder)


8 Dayer Quintana (Movistar)


9 Kanstantsin Suitsou (Bahrain-Merida)


10 Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors)



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