Eduardo Sepúlveda claimed stage 4 of the Tour de San Luis today, after vanquishing his rivals atop one of Argentina’s most famous climbs, the Cerro El Amago.
Sepúlveda attacked from within a small group of lead riders midway up the slopes of the Cerro El Amago, to commence a solo victory almost a minute ahead of his closest rivals, Jamis’s Janier Acevedo and Roman Villalobos.
Once the day’s seven-man breakaway group reached the base of Cerro El Amago, several members began falling off the pace and quickly reclaimed by the peloton.
At that point, Gonzalo Najar decided to initiate an attack of his own, leaving Movistar and Astana to lead the pursuit, while the lingering members of the day’s breakaway were picked up one-by-one.
With 10 kilometers to go, Najar was eventually caught, with Dayer Quintana being next rider to attack.
Shortly thereafter, Vincenzo Nibali was next rider to fall victim to the steep slopes, as the Italian rider was eventually dropped, while Javier Acevedo (Jamis) struck out in pursuit of Quintana.
From there, Sepúlveda decided to make his move, subsequently catching and passing Acevedo and Quintana along the last 5 kilometers of challenging switchbacks, before going on take a solo victory and seize control of the overall race lead.
Meanwhile, Roman Villalobos managed to out-sprint Quintana, to claim third spot on the podium.
Top 10 Finishers
1 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo Vital Concept 4:00:34
2 Janier Acevedo (Col) Jamis 0:00:54
3 Roman Villalobos (Crc) Costa Rica 0:01:31
4 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar)
5 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre – Merida 0:01:43
6 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:02:10
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team
8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
9 Jonathan Millan (Col) Strongman Campagnolo Wilier 0:02:12
10 Anderson Maldonado (Uru) Uruguay 0:02:14
General classification after stage 4
1 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo Vital Concept 12:00:16
2 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar) 0:00:03
3 Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:38
4 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:42
5 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:51
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:56
7 Roman Villalobos (Crc) Costa Rica 0:01:06
8 Janier Acevedo (Col) Jamis 0:01:09
9 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre – Merida 0:01:22
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:01:36
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