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Vuelta a San Juan Internacional 2019: Stage 7


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final stage of the Vuelta a San Juan. Today's stage runs 141km consisting of nine laps of a circuit around San Juan, and looks set up for a sprint finish.


It should be a sprint finish today, much like yesterday's stage was expected to be. The sprinter's teams won't risk a repeat performance after the break managed to stay away and contest the victory on the penultimate stage of the race though.

We're just under ten minutes from the stage start now.

With many of the classifications already decided, there isn't much to contest today – apart from the stage victory, that is.

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Several riders are already on the attack, including Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick Step) who will be looking to secure his slender two-second lead in the U23 competition today.

The young Belgian is out there alone right now.

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Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data), Ignacio Prado (Mexico), Leonardo Rodriguez and Laureano Rosas (both Asociacion Civil Mardan) are the riders who made it across to Evenepoel.

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Six more riders off the front with a miniscule gap.

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Adrián Richeze is the Agrupacion Virgen de Fatima rider, and Rúben Ramos is the man from Argentina.

The gap to the leaders is up to 20 seconds now. Prado, Osorio, Ramos and Richeze out front. a chase group has also formed.

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...and the chasers are caught by the peloton. Just the four out front now, 20 seconds up the road.

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That's the first sprint of the day over and done with. The break just rolls through, with Richeze leading Ramos and Prado over the line.

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The peloton aren't far behind, but we don't have a time gap for whatever reason.

The gap appears to be around 20 seconds.

The on-screen graphic shows the state of play in the intermediate sprint competition. Daniel Zamora (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) lies second, a single point behind the 11 of Maximiliano Navarrete (Argentina).

A few more riders have gone on the attack. The men in question are Ricardo Paredes (Chile), Alessandro Ferreira (Brazil) and Daniel Díaz (Municipalidad de Pocito).

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It's just Osorio and Prado left out front now.

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Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA), Carlos Barbero (Movistar), Daniel Díaz (Municipalidad de Pocito) and Sergio Aguirre (Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos) are the attackers.

Meanwhile, Movistar lead the peloton. The break has 20 seconds.

Fabio Duarte (Medellin) has made it up to the break now, making it five up front.

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Bora-Hansgrohe are among the teams driving it on the front.

And the gap is back up to 50 seconds. 

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Three laps to go now. Duarte, Díaz and Amezqueta lead the break over the sprint.

So Navarrete is confirmed as the winner of the intermediate sprint competition.

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Amezqueta pushes the pace a little, briefly gapping his companions.

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An on-screen graphic tells us that the break has averaged 45km/h over the past ten minutes, while the peloton has averaged 43.5km/h.

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There are a few Dimension Data riders up there, along with a couple of UAE Team Emirates men and one each from Nippo - Vini Fantini and Bora-Hansgrohe.

An attack comes from a Neri Sottoli - Selle Italia rider, pushing the pace of the peloton up further. the break is just 15 seconds up now.

Several riders bridge up to the break. Alejandro Marque (Sporting Clube de Portugal - Tavira) is one of them. It's the first time I've seen activity from the team during the race.

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Toffali has a decent gap already and is powering along nicely.

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Sagan launches first! Bennet is on his wheel but Hodeg comes around the outside to power past!

Sam Bennett comes off Sagan's wheel in the closing metres and just pips Hodeg to the line! Victory for Bennett, with Hodeg in second.

A great leadout by Sagan. It looked for a second as if he was going for it and Bennett couldn't pass, but the Irishman timed it late and managed to nab the win.

It's Bennett from Hodeg, with Bennett's teammate Erik Baška in third. Sagan took fifth, while Gaviria was tenth.

Here's the top ten on the stage and general classification.

Here's a rundown of the classification winners.

That's all from us. We hope you enjoyed our live coverage of the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan! 

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