LIVE Tour of San Juan: On to a 3rd bunch sprint in Argentina

Tour of San Juan: Stage 3

road race Road racedistance 171 km
location 7:30 PM: Autodromo de Villicum – 23:40: Autodromo de Villicum

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The third day in the Tour of San Juan has more of the same in store. The number of vertical meters remains limited, although the billiard cloth is exchanged at the end for a final with a little more relief. We finish on a car circuit. Who has the most horsepower?

  1. 23 hours 11. The tension rises. It is still the B teams that set the pace. The rest try to spare the males until the track.  .
  2. 23:06. The big men are alert, but the smaller selections also raise their voices. Medellin, among others, is pulling the peloton.  .
  3. 23 hours 03. At Ineos Grenadiers there is one who drives off the grass. It seems to be Egan Bernal who briefly goes to the roadside, without much trouble.  .
  4. 23 hours 01. The road surface seems okay, but the roads are not wide. For the time being, everything remains exemplary with the (imaginary) banner of the last 20 kilometers.  .
  5. 22 hours 57. Still 24 kilometers. It is still in pencil, but the first sketches are being put on paper. The fast men are surrounded by their servants. In principle, there should still be a lot of fresh legs present in this pack.  .
  6. 22 hours 51.
  7. 22 hours 49. It will be a more difficult sprint. Shortly before the last bend you have another kink. The last straight line is one for the big resistance. . Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers).
  8. 22 hours 44. Another 35 kilometers. End of story for the remnants of the leading group. Publicity and pocket money at the intermediate sprints: there was no more honor for them.  .
  9. 22h42. The riders have been clearly warned about these urban passages. Bags and drinking bottles are still being handed over here, but that is not without risk at this speed.  .
  10. 22 hours 39. The head trio is no longer under any illusions. The peloton even has to put on the handbrake: 40″. .
  11. 22 hours 36. You notice from the behavior in the peloton that the last hour has started. We also enter a few villages and because of the traffic islands and the spectators along the side of the road, the long nap is now really over.  .
  12. 22 hours 34. The last hectometres go downhill, although the top speed will not be too bad due to the undulations on the circuit. . Fabio Jakobsen (Soudal–Quick Step).
  13. 22 hours 33. The control of the sprinter teams is correspondingly. The difference melts down to 1’37”.  .
  14. 2’26”. If the peloton wants to respect our curfew, then the screw can gradually be tightened. The carrier pigeon has handed over that message: Pieter Serry is increasing the pace. . 22 hours 27.
  15. 22 hours 26.
  16. 22 hours 22. The speed in the peloton is clearly higher than in the leading group, but the decline has not yet started. For those who are only now switching on: it is a stage on which we will not waste too many words.  A leading group of about 9 men was gradually decimated, 3 more brave drivers try to beat the peloton – against better judgement, or so we still think -. .
  17. 22:16. TotalEnergies were still active in the hunt on Sunday and Monday, today they are aloof. With a 7th and 9th place, it was rather Peter Sagan of TotalSansEnergies in the past sprints.  .
  18. 22 hours 10. Another 60 kilometers. Shortly after the intermediate sprint, the leading group split up again. We now count 3 leaders fighting for 3’07”. .
  19. 22h08. I had a rough night after my fall. It will be a painful day, but I want to try in the sprint. . Sam Welsford (DSM).
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