Vuelta a San Juan: Sergio Higuita remains in a promising position in the GC
Stage 4 of the Vuelta a San Juan covered a distance of 196km and took the peloton from Villicum to Barreal. A cat.1 climb after 90km followed by a windy second section made for the most difficult day of the race so far. While Sam Bennett had a tough day and was dropped early on the climb, Ryan Mullen made it into the breakaway and was able to support Sergio Higuita as the race progressed. Higuita crossed the finish line in the first group, without losing any time in the GC. Ryan Mullen was involved in a crash with 300m to go and suffered, after initial examinations, abrasions and contusions. With a gap of 18 seconds in the overall standings, Sergio Higuita is still in a promising position ahead of Friday's queen stage. Tomorrow, Thursday, will see a rest day at the Vuelta a San Juan.
01. F. Gaviria 4:35:27
02. P. Sagan +0:00
03. F. Ganna +0:00
23. S. Higuita +0:00
From the Finish Line
“Everything went according to plan right from the start. Ryan Mullen made it into the breakaway to support Sergio Higuita later in the race. Behind them, Sam Bennett unfortunately had a tough day, being dropped early, and as the race was on at the front end of the race, he wasn’t able to come back. Although the bunch sprint took place without us in the end, Sergio didn't lose any time and is sitting in a solid position ahead of Friday's queen stage. Hopefully, on tomorrow’s rest day, Ryan Mullen will be able to recover a bit from his crash.” Bernhard Eisel, Sports Director