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Anacona wins Vuelta a San Juan stage 5

2 February 2019
Anacona wins Vuelta a San Juan stage 5

Movistar Team executes strategy to perfection at San Juan's Queen stage.

A victory built over a base of extreme commitment from all pieces of a perfectly engineered machine. The Movistar Team turned upside down the general classification of the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan with a teamwork exhibition through the end of Friday's Queen stage. Winner Anacona, a loyal domestique for his leaders all season long, finally had a chance to become the Blues' reference by claiming a well-deserved stage victory and the blue-white leader's jersey with two stages remaining in Argentina.

Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero and Eduardo Sepúlveda took the lead in the bunch with just over 30km from the finish, trying to protect the team's main hopes into the crosswinds and later bringing back a fifteen-man breakaway, which started the climb with a 3' gap. Near the foot of the ascent, 14km before the end, atop on his Canyon fully equipped Campagnolo, came Anacona's acceleration, initially trying to test the favourites' legs and eventually helping him achieving success. An excellent job by Richard Carapaz and Nairo Quintana, released some pressure off Anacona's shoulders, the Colombian entirely focused on securing the GC lead but ultimately surprising Óscar Paredes and Christian Montoya to claim the Blues' first 2019 success.


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