Vuelta a San Juan: Gaviria wins stage 4 in Villa San Agustin

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) won his second Vuelta a San Juan stage in four days on Wednesday, beating Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) with a bike throw across the line at the end of stage 4 in Villa San Agustín.

Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Decenuninck-QuickStep) led the peloton onto the finishing straight in the tiny village 250km from San Juan, dropping Max Richeze and sprinter Alvaro Hodeg in the front position, but it was the superior speed from UAE's Simone Consonni and Gaviria that won the day. Sagan once again freelanced his way through the traffic to challenge Gaviria at the line for second, with Hodeg grabbing third.

The peloton caught the remnants of the day's breakaway with just 2.5km remaining after Israel Cycling Academy and Lotto Soudal came forward to finish off the chase. QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe then came forward as the peloton negotiated three tight right-hand turns in the finale. Alaphilippe took over the front with just under 1km to go, leading the bunch through the final turn and into the straightaway.

Richeze may have made his final move to early, however, fading slightly before dropping off Hodeg as Consonni and Gaviria flew past. Sagan briefly got past Gaviria in the closing metres, but a final surge from the Colombian sealed the win.

How it unfolded

Stage 4 at the Vuelta a San Juan saw the peloton tackle 185.8km from San José de Jáchal Valle Fértil to Villa San Agustín. The stage featured two sprints at 36km into the day and again near the end of the race with just under 40km remaining. The three KOMs were all on the same climb in the middle of the stage, coming in rapid succession at 90km, 96km and 104.5km.

With the final KOM coming more than 80km from the finish, however, and the route heading mostly downhill from there, the sprinters and their teams were no doubt looking for another opportunity. The weather also cooperated on the fourth day of the race, with temperatures dropping to a more-bearable 32C for most of the day.

The early going saw a breakaway of six riders get off the front. The move was initiated by
Argentina local Daniel Zamora (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima), who was in search of KOM points in the mountains classification. He was joined by countryman Facundo Cattapan (Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos), Royner Navarro (Peru), Cesar Paredes (Medellin), Ricardo Paredes (Chile) and Robert Mendez (Uruguay).

The gap quickly approached nine minutes, as Cattapan took maximum points at the first sprint and the three-second time bonus ahead of Zamora and Paredes. The leaders had about five minutes on the peloton as they approached the bottom of the day's climb, where the group started coming apart as Zamora upped the pace in search of the KOM jersey.

Zamora took the maximum three points on the first KOM after outsprinting Paredes and Cattapan. Zamora also led over the second climb, a category 1 prize, giving him 10 more points. Paredes pushed him all way but had to settle for second. Zamora also took the final KOM of the day, giving him a solid lead in the mountains classification going into stage 5.

Just three riders from the break survived the climb, as Zamora, Paredes and Navarro continued on. With the climbing out of the way, multiple WorldTour teams threw riders into the chase to guarantee their fast men got a chance to sprint for the stage win.

On the straight, wide-open roads to Villa San Agustín, the peloton had an easy time controlling the trio of breakaway riders, who saw their gap come down quickly to just over a minute. The peloton feathered the gap form there, letting the breakaway dangle in sight just up the road.

The leaders held on to deny any bonus seconds to riders in the bunch when Navarro beat Paredes and Zamora at the final intermediate sprint with 39.6km to go. The peloton sensed their prey up the road and eased off just a bit to let the trio extend their lead and get more TV time for their squads.

Navarro suffered a puncture and eventually faded back into the bunch, leaving Zamora and Paredes to go on alone. Flooding a couple centimetres deep across the road with 10km remaining caused a bit of tension in the bunch, but, unlike the 2018 stage here when riders crashed, everyone made it through unscathed.

There was a bit of confusion in the chase as the leaders had 13 seconds with less than 4km to go, and Israel Cycling Academy came forward to take control of the chase. Lotto Soudal moved up as well, and the catch was finally made with 2.5km to go.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates4:20:26
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Luca Pacioni (Ita) Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTMRow 4 - Cell 2
6Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 5 - Cell 2
7Nelson Soto (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 6 - Cell 2
8Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo Vinia-Fantini-FaizRow 7 - Cell 2
9Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ricardo Escuela (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Riccardo Minali (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 11 - Cell 2
13Carlos Barbero (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 13 - Cell 2
15Aleksandr Grigorev (Rus) Sporting TaviraRow 14 - Cell 2
16Gino Mader (Sui) Dimension DataRow 15 - Cell 2
17Weimar Roldan (Col) MedellinRow 16 - Cell 2
18Felix Grobschartner (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 17 - Cell 2
19Tommaso Fiaschi (Ita) Beltramitsa Hoppla PFRow 18 - Cell 2
20Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ottavio Dotti (Ita) Beltramitsa Hoppla PFRow 20 - Cell 2
22Hector Lucero (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Oscar Bazan (Arg) Start Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 23 - Cell 2
25Maximiliano Navarrete (Arg) ArgentinaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 27 - Cell 2
29Kevin Castro (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 28 - Cell 2
30Dayer Quintana (Col) Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTMRow 29 - Cell 2
31German Tivani (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo Vinia-Fantini-FaizRow 31 - Cell 2
33Raul Colombo (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 32 - Cell 2
34Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Dimension DataRow 33 - Cell 2
35Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTMRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jon Irisarri (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 36 - Cell 2
38Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 37 - Cell 2
39Luis Villalobos (Mex) MexicoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Matus Stocek (Svk) Beltramitsa Hoppla PFRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ruben Ramos (Arg) ArgentinaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jorge Arcas (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Miguel Florez (Col) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sebastian Castaño (Col) Beltramitsa Hoppla PFRow 43 - Cell 2
45Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 44 - Cell 2
46Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo Vinia-Fantini-FaizRow 45 - Cell 2
47Mauricio Graziani (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 46 - Cell 2
48Tiago Machado (Por) Sporting TaviraRow 47 - Cell 2
49Orlando Garibay (Mex) MexicoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ignacio Espinoza (Chi) Start Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Felix Nodarse (Cub) CubaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 51 - Cell 2
53Cesar Garate (Per) PeruRow 52 - Cell 2
54Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermacRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jose Martinez (Arg) ArgentinaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Filippo Conca (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 56 - Cell 2
58Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTMRow 57 - Cell 2
59Enzo Moyano (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 58 - Cell 2
60Alejandro Marque (Esp) Sporting TaviraRow 59 - Cell 2
61Nicola Toffali (Ita) Sporting TaviraRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 61 - Cell 2
63Daniel Diaz (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 63 - Cell 2
65Danilo Wyss (Sui) Dimension DataRow 64 - Cell 2
66Ruben) Rojas (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Oscar Sevilla (Esp) MedellinRow 66 - Cell 2
68Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Cristian Rodriguez (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 68 - Cell 2
70Lauro Cesar Mouro (Bra) BrasilRow 69 - Cell 2
71Cesar Paredes (Col) MedellinRow 70 - Cell 2
72Julen Amezqueta (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 71 - Cell 2
73Leandro Messineo (Arg) Asociacon Civil MardanRow 72 - Cell 2
74Laureano Rosas (Arg) Asociacon Civil MardanRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jairo Rios (Arg) ArgentinaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Eduardo Corte (Mex) MexicoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Fabio Duarte (Col) MedellinRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ricardo Paredes (Chi) ChileRow 77 - Cell 2
79André Gonzáles (Per) PeruRow 78 - Cell 2
80Gerardo Tivani (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 79 - Cell 2
81Wilson Pena (Col) Beltramitsa Hoppla PFRow 80 - Cell 2
82Renato Tapia (Per) PeruRow 81 - Cell 2
83Giovanni Pedretti (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 82 - Cell 2
84Cristhian Montoya (Col) MedellinRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alessandro Ferreira (Bra) BrasilRow 84 - Cell 2
86Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 86 - Cell 2
88Yans Carlos Arias (Cub) CubaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Magno Do Prado (Bra) BrasilRow 88 - Cell 2
90Emilio Perez (Cub) CubaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 90 - Cell 2
92Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ruben Acosta (Col) Nippo Vinia-Fantini-FaizRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jose Reyes (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 94 - Cell 2
96Diego Ferryra (Chi) ChileRow 95 - Cell 2
97Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 96 - Cell 2
98Edison Bravo (Chi) ChileRow 97 - Cell 2
99Royner Navarro (Per) PeruRow 98 - Cell 2
100Pedro Portuondo (Cub) CubaRow 99 - Cell 2
101Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 100 - Cell 2
102Oscar Gomez (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Antonio Cabrera (Chi) ChileRow 102 - Cell 2
104Juan Melivillo (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 103 - Cell 2
105Bernardo Leon (Bol) Start Cycling TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gabriel Juarez (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 105 - Cell 2
107Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 106 - Cell 2
108Francisco Monte (Arg) Asociacon Civil MardanRow 107 - Cell 2
109Alejandro Osorio (Col) Nippo Vinia-Fantini-FaizRow 108 - Cell 2
110Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 109 - Cell 2
111Leonardo Rodriguez (Arg) Asociacon Civil MardanRow 110 - Cell 2
112Anderson Maldonado (Uru) UruguayRow 111 - Cell 2
113Efren Santos (Mex) MexicoRow 112 - Cell 2
114Nahuel Soares (Uru) UruguayRow 113 - Cell 2
115Freddy Gonzales (Bol) Start Cycling TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Andre Gohr (Bra) BrasilRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alonso Gamero (Per) PeruRow 116 - Cell 2
118Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTMRow 117 - Cell 2
119Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo Vinia-Fantini-FaizRow 118 - Cell 2
120Felipe Peñaloza (Chi) ChileRow 119 - Cell 2
121Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Ignacio Prado (Mex) MexicoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Miguel Alvarez (Mex) MexicoRow 122 - Cell 2
124Sergio Pardilla (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 123 - Cell 2
125Alberto Amici (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 124 - Cell 2
126Tommaso Bramati (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 125 - Cell 2
127Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 126 - Cell 2
128Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 127 - Cell 2
129Luciano Montivero (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 129 - Cell 2
131Sergio J. Aguirre (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 130 - Cell 2
132Diego Jamen (Uru) Uruguay0:00:27
133Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:36
134Tom Bohli (Sui) UAE Team Emirates0:00:43
135Robigzon Oyola (Col) MedellinRow 134 - Cell 2
136Robert Mendez (Uru) Uruguay0:00:50
137Leandro Velardez (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima0:00:58
138Adrian Richeze (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 137 - Cell 2
139Rene Corella (Mex) Start Cycling Team0:01:16
140Petr Vakoc (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:41
141Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 140 - Cell 2
142Higiño Lucero (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson0:03:49
143Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTMRow 142 - Cell 2
144Eduardo Villanueva (Arg) Start Cycling Team0:07:43
145Guillermo Brunetta (Arg) Asociacon Civil MardanRow 144 - Cell 2
146Diego Rodriguez (Uru) UruguayRow 145 - Cell 2
147Alain Quispe (Per) PeruRow 146 - Cell 2
148Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 147 - Cell 2
149Dario Diaz (Arg) Asociacon Civil MardanRow 148 - Cell 2
150José Mendes (Por) Sporting TaviraRow 149 - Cell 2
151Victor Arroyo (Arg) ArgentinaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Emiliano Contreras (Arg)Asociacon Civil MardanRow 151 - Cell 2
153Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Sporting TaviraRow 152 - Cell 2
154Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 153 - Cell 2
155Alejandro Parra (Cub) CubaRow 154 - Cell 2
DNSIljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFLuiz Morosini (Bra) BrasilRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Furlan (Ita) Beltramitsa Hoppla PFRow 157 - Cell 2
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KOM 1 - Kms 90 - Cat. 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima3pts
2Cesar Paredes (Col) Medellin2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Royner Navarro (Per) Peru1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 2 - Kms 96 - Cat. 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima10pts
2Cesar Paredes (Col) Medellin8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Royner Navarro (Per) Peru6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Robert Mendez (Uru) Uruguay4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ricardo Paredes (Chi) Chile2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson1Row 5 - Cell 3
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KOM 3 - Kms 104.5 - Cat. 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima10pts
2Cesar Paredes (Col) Medellin8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Royner Navarro (Per) Peru6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Robert Mendez (Uru) Uruguay4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ricardo Paredes (Chi) Chile2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Kms 36
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson3pts
2Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ricardo Paredes (Chi) Chile1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Kms 146.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Royner Navarro (Per) Peru3pts
2Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cesar Paredes (Col) Medellin1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UAE Team Emirates13:01:18
2Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Caja Rural-Seguros RgaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Neri-Sottoli-Selle Ita-KtmRow 3 - Cell 2
5Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 5 - Cell 2
7Beltramitsa Hoppla P.F.Row 6 - Cell 2
8Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 9 - Cell 2
11Israel Cycling AcademyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Team Dimension DataRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sel. ArgentinaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sporting-TaviraRow 13 - Cell 2
15A.C.A.Virgen De FatimaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Municipalidad De PocitoRow 15 - Cell 2
17MedellinRow 16 - Cell 2
18Sel. MexicoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Biesse CarreraRow 18 - Cell 2
20Start Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Municipalidad De RawsonRow 20 - Cell 2
22Sel. PeruRow 21 - Cell 2
23Sel. CubaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sel. BrasilRow 23 - Cell 2
25Asociacion Civil MardanRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sel. ChileRow 25 - Cell 2
27Sel. Uruguay0:00:27
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General Classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep11:35:42
2Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:00:08
3Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:22
4Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 3 - Cell 2
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:26
6Felix Grobschartner (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 5 - Cell 2
7Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Laureano Rosas (Arg) Asociacon Civil Mardan0:00:40
9Oscar Sevilla (Esp) Medellin0:00:41
10Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:44
11Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:48
12Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec0:00:54
13Gino Mader (Sui) Dimension Data