Gaviria wins Vuelta a San Juan opener in Pocito

Fernando Gaviria wins stage 1 at the Vuelta a San Juan ahead of Matteo Malucelli and Sam Bennett

Fernando Gaviria ( UAE Team Emirates ) won the opening stage at the Vuelta a San Juan on Sunday, taking out the bunch sprint in Pocito after Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) got the early jump. Sagan appeared to leading out teammate Sam Bennett, but the Irishman wasn't able to match the final acceleration when Gaviria jumped. Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) also got by Bennett to finish second, with Bennett crossing the line for third. Italian Pro Continental team Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec led the peloton under the flamme rouge but was swamped as the sprinters' teams fought for position. Sagan jumped up theft side of the road and got the early advantage with Bennett on his wheel, but when Gaviria surged up the right-hand side of the road, Bennett found himself boxed in and unable to follow the Colombian fastman, who earned his first win for UAE Team Emirates in his first ...

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