It was the time trial stage of the Vuelta a San Juan and a Deceuninck-QuickStepper took the top step with flair. But not the one that was predicted at the start of the week …
It was time for the GC riders to spring into action – well, to ride consistently and methodically against the clock. No spectators, dogs, robots, plagues of locust got in the way of the riders on this stage (phew!). But some riders might have wished all of the above had flocked to the roadside when Remco Evenepoel blazed his way through the course like a rocket. He won the stage handily and donned the leader’s jersey. He is 32sec ahead of Filippo Ganna and 1.08 on Oscar Sevilla going into stage 4.
That queasy feeling
Julian Alaphilippe – last year’s San Juan runner-up – was expected to do well on this stage and possibly take the leader’s jersey off of Fernando Gaviria, but stomach upset left him limp and queasy and he abandoned the race before the TT began. He’s expected to ride the Tour of Colombia next week as he gathers his strength for the spring classics.
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