Valerio Conti ends the Argentine stage race, the Vuelta a San Juan, fourth overall for UAE Team Emirates. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the final stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, 141.3km, in a sprint. Nothing changed in the overall classification, which Winner Anacona (Movistar Team) won with 35″ on Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step). The team’s Italian Valerio Conti placed 1-03 minutes back in fourth place.
Colombian Fernando Gaviria, who won two stages already, could only manage 10th today. “We were a little list in the final critical points of the sprint preparation,” Gaviria said. “I tried a long surge from behind but there wasn’t space to get by. I found the road closed along the barriers and I had to re-accelerate.”
“I’m happy with how my season began,” Conti said. “Fourth place overall in an overall classification, my first race of 2019, is a good result that gives me some good feedback on the work that I did over the winter.”
In the final tally, Gaviria went home with two stage wins, the team had two second places with Simone Consonni in stage two and Conti in stage three, two fourth places with Consonni in the fourth stage and Conti in the overall, and a fifth place by Gaviria in stage six.