Anacona the winner in Vuelta a San Juan stage 5

Winner Anacona (Movistar) took the stage 5 win atop Alto Colorado on Friday at the Vuelta a San Juan, out-sprinting Medellin riders Cesar Parades and Cristian Montoya at the line and taking the overall race lead from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

Anacona and Parades got away from the reduced peloton on the lower slopes of the final climb, sweeping up early breakaway rider Montoya as they climbed to the finish. The two Medellin riders tried to out-maneuver Anacona in the closing kilometre, but the Movistar rider fought off their attacks to take the stage win.

Further down the road, Alaphilippe and his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Remco Evenepoel were busy countering more Movistar attacks from Richard Carapaz and from Medellin's Oscar Sevilla, the defending champion. The pair got away with Mexico's Efren Santos and eventually finished fourth and fifth, respectively, 32 seconds behind the leaders. Alaphilippe finished outside the top 10, almost  a minute down, but held onto second place overall at 41 seconds from Anacona.

Sevilla moved up into third place, now 57 seconds behind the leader.

How it unfolded

Following a rest day on Thursday, the Queen stage at the Vuelta a San Juan featured a 169.5km route from San Martín to Alto Colorado. The day featured two intermediate sprints in Angaco at 30.7km and Talacasto at 87.8km.

The four KOMs on tap animated much of the action ahead of the finish. The first climb, the category 3 ascent of Alto de Villicum, came at 63.4km. The second KOM, the category 3 climb up Banos de Talacasto, followed at 107.1km. KOM 3 came at 121.8km at Alto de la Crucecita. The final KOM points will be offered at the finish line on Alto Colorado, a 19km climb that averages a gentle 4 per cent but includes some sections of 8 per cent.

A breakaway of 15 riders eventually coalesced and got the action rolling when they escaped the bunch early in the day.

In the move were Matúš Štocek and Ottavio Dotti from Beltrami TSA-Hopplà-Petroli Firenze, Nelson Soto of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Damiano Cima of Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè, Giovanni Pedretti (Biesse Carrera), Gerardo Tivani (Municipalidad de Pocito), Adrián Richeze (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima), Cristian Montoya (Medellin), Facundo Cattapán, Iginio Lucero and Kevin Castro of Municipalidad de Rawson, Orlando Garibay (Mexico), and Maximiliano Navarrete, Jose Martinez and Victor Arroyo of the Argentina national team.

The leaders had five minutes on the bunch by the time they reached the first sprint in Angaco, where Navarrete beat Soto to the line and Richeze claimed third. The gap went up to nearly eight minutes by the time Lucero claimed maximum points at the first KOM on Alto de Villicum.

The gap hovered around seven minutes when Navarrete claimed the final intermediate sprint of the day in Talacasto with 81.7km to go. With the second KOM less than 20km away, Cattapán attacked and opened a gap, scoring top points on the climb and then soldiering on alone, with the next KOM less than 15km away.

Cattapán claimed the third KOM with 43 seconds on the rest of the breakaway and 6:15 on the bunch. But he immediately started fading back from there and was soon back in the breakaway for the descent down to the base of Alto Colorado.

Lotto Soudal, QuickStep and Movistar began driving the pace in the peloton on the exposed road leading to the climb, causing a split in the peloton with about two-thirds of the riders in the front group and the remaining third a few hundred metres behind clawing their way back.

Up the road in the breakaway, the leaders' advantage was chopped to three minutes with 30km to go, and Cattapán pulled the pin on his day's effort, slowly fading back to the bunch. Movistar took control of the peloton as it bunched back together near the bottom of the long final climb.

With the road starting the gradual tilt up Alto Colorado to the finish, Montoya, Garibay and Tivani separated from the rest of the breakaway and set off in search of stage glory. Tivani soon lost their pace, leaving Montoya and Garibay alone on the front.

The peloton also started to break up under pressure from Movistar. An attack came from Anacona and Parades as they closed within 1:30 of the leaders with about 12km remaining.

The Movistar attacks sent QuickStep to the front of the peloton to protect Alaphilippe's lead. Anacona and Parades started sweeping up the remnants of the break and were quickly within a minute of Montoya and Garibay, and 45 seconds ahead of the peloton.

Movistar continued to press the issue with Anacona 45 second up the road and in the virtual lead. Carapaz jumped out of the QuickStep-led chase and blew up that group, with Alaphilippe struggling to hold the wheels. Defending champion Sevilla jumped up to the small Carapaz group, and the games were officially on.

At the head of the race with 7km remaining, Montoya dropped Garibay, while Anacona and Parades closed to win 16 seconds of the leader. Alaphilippe, sitting on Evenepoel's wheel at the head of the peloton, lingered more than a minute behind.

Anacona and Parades caught Montoya with 4.3km remaining, forming a lead group of three that had 35 seconds on Carapaz, Sevilla and Mexico's Santos. The peloton was another half a minute back.

Alaphilippe attacked with 2km to go, countered quickly by Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Quintana's brother Dayer (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM). The trio dangled in front of the peloton as Dayer Quintana launched several attacks, which Alaphilippe was left to chase down.

The lead trio now had 45 seconds over Carapaz, Sevilla and Santos, while the vastly reduced peloton was still a minute back.

Anacona pressed the pace up front, hoping to ride into the overall lead, while the two Medellin riders with him waited to pounce at the finish. But it didn't pan out for them, as Anacona was too strong and held them off at the line.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar Team4:25:10
2Cesar Nicolas Paredes Avellaneda (Col) MedellinRow 1 - Cell 2
3Cristhian Montoya Giraldo (Col) MedellinRow 2 - Cell 2
4Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:00:32
5Oscar Miguel Sevilla Rivera (Spa) MedellinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Efren Santos Moreno (Mex) Mexico0:00:45
7Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:00:55
8Dayer Quintana (Col) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Gino Mäder (Sui) Dimension Data0:00:57
11Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 10 - Cell 2
12Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sebastian Alexander Castaño Muñoz (Col) Beltramitsa Hoppla' Petroli Firenze0:01:01
16Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:03
17Aleksandr Grigorev (Rus) Sporting Tavira0:01:08
18Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima0:01:10
19Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 18 - Cell 2
20Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 19 - Cell 2
21Eduardo Corte Cordero (Mex) Mexico0:01:15
22Mauricio Graziani (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ricardo Escuela (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima0:01:17
24Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:30
25Danilo Wyss (Sui) Dimension DataRow 24 - Cell 2
26Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) MedellinRow 25 - Cell 2
27German Tivani (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima0:01:33
28Ruben Dario Acosta Ospina (Col) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:01:35
29Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 28 - Cell 2
30Filippo Conca (Ita) Biesse Carrera0:01:37
31Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ruben Ramos (Arg) Argentina0:01:40
33Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:43
34Tiago Machado (Por) Sporting TaviraRow 33 - Cell 2
35Wilson Estiben Pena Molano (Col) Beltramitsa Hoppla' Petroli FirenzeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:59
37Miguel Alvarez (Mex) Mexico0:02:09
38Enzo Moyano (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Daniel Diaz (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Orlando Garibay (Mex) Mexico0:02:21
41Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) Medellin0:02:37
42Renato Tapia (Per) PeruRow 41 - Cell 2
43Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:03:30
44Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:35
45Royner Navarro (Per) Peru0:04:00
46Gerardo Tivani (Arg) Municipalidad de Pocito0:04:19
47Magno Do Prado (Bra) Brazil0:05:10
48Luis Villalobos (Mex) MexicoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Pedro Portuondo (Cub) CubaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ruben Rojas (Arg) Municipalidad de Pocito0:06:04
51Juan Melivillo (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Raul Colombo (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 51 - Cell 2
53Simone Velasco (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 52 - Cell 2
54Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:06:10
55Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec0:06:58
56Alonso Gamero (Per) PeruRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jose Reyes (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 57 - Cell 2
59Weimar Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Col) MedellinRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:40
61Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data0:08:21
62Leonardo Franco Rodriguez (Arg) Asociacion Civil MardanRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jairo Rios (Arg) ArgentinaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Anderson Maldonado (Uru) UruguayRow 63 - Cell 2
65Kevin Castro (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 64 - Cell 2
66Oscar Bazan (Arg) Start Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jorge Arcas (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jon Irisarri Ricon (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 68 - Cell 2
70Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ottavio Dotti (Ita) Beltramitsa Hoppla' Petroli Firenze0:10:51
72Cesar Garate (Per) Peru0:11:01
73Freddy Gonzales (Bol) Start Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Luciano Montivero (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 74 - Cell 2
76Bernardo Leon (Bol) Start Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ignacio Espinoza (Chi) Start Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78André Gonzáles (Per) PeruRow 77 - Cell 2
79Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 78 - Cell 2
80Felix Nodarse (Cub) CubaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Oscar Gomez (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Alejandro Marque (Esp) Sporting TaviraRow 81 - Cell 2
83Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 82 - Cell 2
84Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 83 - Cell 2
85Tommaso Bramati (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 84 - Cell 2
86Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 87 - Cell 2
89Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) Dimension DataRow 88 - Cell 2
90Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 90 - Cell 2
92Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 91 - Cell 2
93Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 92 - Cell 2
94Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-SidermecRow 93 - Cell 2
95Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 94 - Cell 2
96Gabriel Juarez (Arg) Municipalidad de RawsonRow 95 - Cell 2
97Matús Stocek (Svk) Beltramitsa Hoppla' Petroli FirenzeRow 96 - Cell 2
98Maximiliano Navarrete (Arg) ArgentinaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 99 - Cell 2
101Adrian Richeze (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Antonio Cabrera (Chi) ChileRow 101 - Cell 2
103Nelson Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 102 - Cell 2
104Nicola Toffali (Ita) Sporting TaviraRow 103 - Cell 2
105Ignacio Prado Juarez (Mex) MexicoRow 104 - Cell 2
106Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:11:53
107Petr Vakoc (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 106 - Cell 2
108Laureano Rosas (Arg) Asociacion Civil Mardan0:14:09
109Leandro Messineo (Arg) Asociacion Civil MardanRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jose Martinez (Arg) Argentina0:14:45
111Nahuel Soares (Uru) Uruguay0:15:07
112Francisco Cesar Monte (Arg) Asociacion Civil MardanRow 111 - Cell 2
113Tom Bohli (Sui) UAE Team EmiratesRow 112 - Cell 2
114Rene Corella (Mex) Start Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 114 - Cell 2
116Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alessandro Ferreira Santos Guimaraes (Bra) BrazilRow 116 - Cell 2
118Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 117 - Cell 2
119Carlos Barbero (Esp) Movistar TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Riccardo Minali (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 119 - Cell 2
121Andre Gohr (Bra) BrazilRow 120 - Cell 2
122Ricardo Paredes (Chi) ChileRow 121 - Cell 2
123Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 122 - Cell 2
124Edison Bravo (Chi) ChileRow 123 - Cell 2
125Giovanni Pedretti (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 124 - Cell 2
126Alberto Amici (Ita) Biesse CarreraRow 125 - Cell 2
127Yans Carlos Arias (Cub) CubaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Luca Pacioni (Ita) Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTMRow 127 - Cell 2
129Diego Jamen (Uru) UruguayRow 128 - Cell 2
130Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 129 - Cell 2
131Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 130 - Cell 2
132Robert Mendez (Uru) UruguayRow 131 - Cell 2
133Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 132 - Cell 2
134Alejandro Parra (Cub) CubaRow 133 - Cell 2
135Emilio Perez (Cub) CubaRow 134 - Cell 2
136Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 135 - Cell 2
137Lauro Cesar Mouro (Bra) BrazilRow 136 - Cell 2
138José Mendes (Por) Sporting Tavira0:17:15
139Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson0:19:42
140Dario Raul Antonio Diaz (Arg) Asociacion Civil MardanRow 139 - Cell 2
141Felipe Peñaloza (Chi) ChileRow 140 - Cell 2
142Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Sporting Tavira0:20:00
143Tommaso Fiaschi (Ita) Beltramitsa Hoppla' Petroli FirenzeRow 142 - Cell 2
144Higiño Lucero (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson0:21:07
145Alain Quispe (Per) Peru0:26:25
146Emiliano Contreras (Arg) Asociacion Civil Mardan0:28:10
147Leandro Velardez (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de FatimaRow 146 - Cell 2
148Guillermo Martin Brunetta (Arg) Asociacion Civil MardanRow 147 - Cell 2
149Victor Arroyo (Arg) Argentina0:36:04
150Sergio J. Aguirre (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson0:28:10
152Hector Lucero (Arg) Municipalidad de PocitoRow 151 - Cell 2
153Eduardo Villanueva (Arg) Start Cycling TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Diego Ferryra (Chi) Chile0:32:32
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Sprint 1 - Angaco, km. 30.70
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Maximiliano Navarrete (Arg) Argentina3pts
2Nelson Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Adrian Richeze (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Talacasto, km. 87.80
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Maximiliano Navarrete (Arg) Argentina3pts
2Gerardo Tivani (Arg) Municipalidad de Pocito2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nelson Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Alto De Villicum (Cat. 3) km. 63.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Higiño Lucero (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson3pts
2Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Adrian Richeze (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Baños De Taracasto (Cat. 2), km. 107.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson6pts
2Higiño Lucero (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cristhian Montoya Giraldo (Col) Medellin2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jose Martinez (Arg) Argentina1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Alto De La Crucecita (Cat. 2) km. 121.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Facundo Cattapan (Arg) Municipalidad de Rawson6pts
2Matús Stocek (Svk) Beltramitsa Hoppla' Petroli Firenze4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Adrian Richeze (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Maximiliano Navarrete (Arg) Argentina1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Alto de Colorado (Cat. 1) 169.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar Team10pts
2Cesar Nicolas Paredes Avellaneda (Col) Medellin8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cristhian Montoya Giraldo (Col) Medellin6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Oscar Miguel Sevilla Rivera (Spa) Medellin2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Efren Santos Moreno (Mex) Mexico1Row 5 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Movistar Team0:00:57
3Androni Giacattoli-Sidermac0:03:12
4A.C.A Virgen de Fatima0:03:28
5Nippo Vinia-Fantini-Faiz0:03:33
7Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:20
8Municipalidad de Pocito0:08:05
9Dimension Data0:10:16
10Beltramitsa Hoppla PF0:13:03
11PeruRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sporting Tavira0:13:20
13Neri-Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM0:13:25
15Lotto Soudal0:14:13
17Biesse Carrera0:18:10
18Municipalidad de Rawson0:20:05
20UAE Team Emirates0:22:27
21Start Cycling Team0:29:51
23Israel Cycling Academy0:33:57
25Asociacon Civil Mardan0:36:07
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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Winner Andrew Anacona (Col) Movistar Team16:01:08
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:41
3Oscar Miguel Sevilla Rivera (Spa) Medellin0:00:57
4Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:03
5Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:13
6Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:01:20
7Cesar Nicolas Paredes Avellaneda (Col) Medellin0:01:24
8Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:29
9Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:36
10Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:38
11Gino Mäder (Sui) Dimension DataRow 10 - Cell 2
12Cristhian Montoya Giraldo (Col) Medellin0:01:47
13Aleksandr Grigorev (Rus) Sporting Tavira0:01:50
14Daniel Zamora (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima0:02:07
15Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec0:02:15
16Ricardo Escuela (Arg) A.C.A Virgen de Fatima0:02:20
17Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:21
18Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane