Argentinian race's preview
Two Latin American aces from Movistar Team to race for the first time this season in Argentina (Sunday 27th Jan – Sunday 3rd Feb) – lineup also featuring local hero Eduardo Sepúlveda.
Following their official season opener at the Tour Down Under (photo gallery), the Movistar Team will kick off a short tour across Latin America this weekend with the start of the 37th Vuelta a San Juan, over seven stages -plus one rest day- from Sunday 27th February to Sunday 3rd February.
José Luis Jaimerena will act as DS for a six-man lineup composed of Richard Carapaz (ECU), Nairo Quintana, Winner Anacona (COL), Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero (ESP) and local Eduardo Sepúlveda, in his second year in Blue colours.
The Argentinian stagerace – the Movistar Team set to arrive on Friday to complete their acclimatisation to the summer weather – features a 12km ITT at Pocito (Tuesday 29th) plus three mountainous stages: the circuit around the Punta Negra dam hill (st. 2, Monday 28th); a long ascent before Villa San Agustín’s finish (st. 4, Wednesday 30th) and, most importantly, the Alto Colorado (19km at nearly 5% average), the decisive point of the race on Friday 1st February.