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Sepulveda Becomes San Luis Hero

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Jan 21, 2016 – Questions abounded before the start of Stage 4, the queen stage, of this year’s Tour de San Luis. Would Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali continue attacking has they hinted at on the finishing climb of Stage 3, or would local riders take the day as they did last year when Dani Diaz stole the show on this same stage. In the end it was another Argentinian, Eduardo Sepulveda, who rides for the French Fortuneo team, that blew the race apart. After crashing hard the day before, few expected Sepulveda to be a factor, but he attacked hard 9 kilometers from the finish and left no room for debate as he stormed to a resounding victory and catapulted himself into the lead.

Words and Images by James Startt

Results Stage 4:
1. Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 4:00:35
2. Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Jamis 0:00:54
3. Roman Villalobos (CRc) Costa Rica 0:01:31
4. Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
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:
1. Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo – Vital Concept 12:00:16
2. Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 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 Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Team Jamis 0:01:09
9. Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre – Merida 0:01:22
10. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:01:36