An excellent ride to the finish of stage 5 at Alto Colorado saw Gino Mäder finish in an impressive 10th place at the Vuelta a San Juan.
The stage was won by Winner Anacona (Movistar) who was followed home by the Medellin pair of Nicolas Paredes and Cristhian Montoya. Anacona’s win sees him usurp Julian Alaphilppe (DQS) in the general classification and he now leads the race overall by 41 seconds.
Mäder’s efforts saw him placed 11th in the GC and now just a narrow 2 seconds behind Remco Evenepoel (DQS) in the young rider category.
Move of the day
With just under 3km to go Alaphilippe launched his attack trying to claw back Anacona and retain his overall race lead. The Frenchman wasn’t able to make it stick though, seeing the likes of Mäder, Nairo Quintana and Valerio Conti all finish together with him, 57 seconds adrift of the winner.
It was an excellent display from the team who delivered on the tactics set out by DS Jean-Pierre Heynderickx to the letter. Danilo Wyss was able to provide the final piece of support to put Mäder into position, after the earlier efforts of Bernhard Eisel, Rasmus Tiller and Julien Vermote.
He said it
“As expected, with the high altitude it was really hard. The final climb was a long one, not a steep one, but still I managed to take a few gaps.
“Just at the beginning of the climb Bernie moved up with us, then Rasmus and Julien did a great job until the 10km to go mark. I was with Danilo until 3km to go and then Alaphilippe attacked first so they protected me as best as possible so it was a great effort from the team.” – Gino Mäder