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Wallays wins Vuelta a San Juan stage 6
28 January 2018
Wallays wins Vuelta a San Juan stage 6

The rider from Lotto-Soudal conquests the fourth victory of 2018 for the team.

Jelle Wallays claimed the victory on the sixth stage of Vuelta a San Juan, as he successfully completed an early breakaway. The new season couldn’t start any better for the Belgian after the previous season ended abruptly because of the consequences of a crash at the Vuelta. For Lotto Soudal this is already the fourth victory of 2018. In theory the sixth stage suited the sprinters, but the riders needed to be attentive for possible echelons on the Argentine plains. Early down the stage a large breakaway of seventeen riders was formed, including Jelle Wallays. They never had more than three minutes lead and in the last fifteen kilometres the gap was only half a minute. Nonetheless, that turned out to be sufficient for a breakaway rider to take the victory. Especially because of the strength of Jelle Wallays.

Thirteen kilometres before the finish Jelle Wallays and Fausto Masnada created a small gap at the front, but their companions could catch them. Wallays, atop on his Ridley bike equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset and Campagnolo full carbon wheels, attacked again with five kilometres to go. His opponents were breathing down his neck, but the Lotto Soudal rider didn’t give up and he was rewarded with the stage win.

 

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