The week-long race gets underway on Sunday 27 January featuring some of the world’s top riders.
There are a number of sprint opportunities up for grabs, an individual time trial as well as a climb to the renowned Alto Colorado, where the GC competition could well be decided.
Based in the beautiful north-western San Juan province of Argentina, the race will be passionately supported by the local fans and we’ve picked a mixture of youth and experience for this exciting event.
Riders To Watch
After being forced to cut his 2018 season short due to illness, the Manxman makes his return to racing in Argentina. The number of expected sprint finishes on offer will see opportunity for him to test his legs where he will be supported by the likes of long-time teammates Bernie Eisel and Julien Vermote.
The neo pro has impressed his teammates during the off-season integrating himself quickly into our WorldTour setup. He now has the opportunity to do so in a race that will be featuring a number of talented young riders and his will be a name to look out for, along with another debutant, Rasmus Tiller.
“The last time that I was in Argentina was for the Tour de San Luis in 2015. I’ve heard a lot about the Vuelta a San Juan and I’m excited that I can finally get here to come and race. It’s a beautiful part of the world; lots of mountains as well as the flat, so the terrain is going to be challenging but it’s going to be a good season opener to run into fitness.” – Mark Cavendish
Stage 1: The opening stage of 159km from San Juan to Pocito is likely to end end in a bunch sprint. The depth of sprinters among the World Tour teams in the race should make for an exciting finish.
Stage 5: After the rest day the Queen Stage, as it has in the past, could likely decide the eventual race winner. The long climb to the finish at Alto Colorado at over 2500m will see the strongest riders on the day well rewarded.