Gaviria: I can't deny that I'm in good form

Fernando Gaviria on the podium on stage 2 of the Vuelta a San Juan (Image credit: Getty Images)

Fernando Gaviria punched the air twice and then hammered on his handlebars for good measure as silver ticker tape fluttered about the finishing straight in Pocito on stage 2 of the Vuelta a San Juan. For a sprinter, a win always tastes like a win, but a victory this early in a new campaign comes seasoned with relief at a winter well spent.

Gaviria’s debut campaign at UAE Team Emirates yielded six wins but, all told, it felt somewhat subpar, coloured by the knee injury that forced him to miss the Tour de France. He finished last season on an upbeat note in Guangxi, however, and his striking turn of speed here gave further reason for confidence.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.