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ARG

Eduardo Sepúlveda

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Place: Rawson, Chubut
Birth: 13/06/1991
Country: ARG
Height: 173 Cm
Weight: 57 Kg
Pro debut: 2012
Years in team: 2
Career path:

2018-2019: Movistar Team
2013-2017: Bretagne / Fortuneo

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Eduardo Sepúlveda

FORGING HIS OWN CHARACTER. Named by many as the best Argentinian cyclist at the moment, a milestone forged much of Sepúlveda’s character: the death of his father, his best supporter, in a traffic accident while returning from a junior race Eduardo had won with 15 years old. “Either I drowned after that or I came back stronger.” He decided to keep fighting for a place in professional cycling, which was his father’s dream as a youngster, and he succeded. He had to move from his native Patagonia to Buenos Aires, where he received support form his national federation, and his results called attention at the UCI headquarters, the sport’s governing body deciding to bring him to his development program in Aigle (Switzerland). At the World Cycling Centre in the UCI’s headquarters, Sepúlveda was part of a mixed team that featured riders from Asia, Africa and South America.

FORMED IN FRANCE. After getting 2nd place overall in the GP Ville de Saguenay in Canada, a race of the UCI Nations Cup for under-23 riders, behind Julian Alaphilippe, he started his professional career in 2012 as a trainee for FDJ. He remained racing for French team during his whole career, now lasting five and a half years. 2014 was a breakthrough season for him, with a superb start that included a 4th-place finish in the Tour Med, a 5th in the Critérium International and a 6th spot in the Tour de San Luis. In 2015, Eduardo won two one-day races in France (Ardèche and Doubs) and finished 2nd in the Tour of Turkey. In 2016, he fought toe-to-toe with the Quintana brothers in the Tour de San Luis, beating them atop the Cerro El Amago and finishing 2nd overall – in the middle of a Boyacá sandwich. His good results were more than enough for the Argentinian federation to have him at both races (RR and time trial) in the Rio Olympics two years ago.

MISFORTUNE. At the 2016 Drôme Classic in France, while fighting for a podium place, a strong wind gust made several barriers at the finish zone fall down against him, with some fractures and broken teeth as a result. He was sidelined from racing for two months. Later on, at the 2017 Tour de France, he crashed at 70kph while into the break of stage 9 in the Jura mountains, offering a brutal sight to all spectators as he carried on racing, his body full of bruises -he needed 20 stitches after the stage-, to not only finish the stage but covering the remaining twelve days of competition towards the end in Paris. In Movistar Team colours, he shone at the 2018 Vuelta a San Juan, with several decent stage finishes, and most notably the summer of 2019, taking 2nd overall in the Tour of Austria and working hard for his team-mates at the Vuelta a Burgos.

 As well as in road racing, Sepúlveda holds good results on the track, having claimed two gold medals in the 2013 Panamerican games at both pursuit disciplines: individual and team.

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Palmares

3 Victories as professional

1st (4th stage) Tour de San Luis 2016
1st Tour du Doubs 2015
1st Classic Sud Ardèche 2015
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Results
2020

13 Days of Racing
1897 Km covered

13th (3rd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
19th Vuelta a San Juan
29th (5th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
44th (4th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
47th (6th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
53th (2nd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
58th (3rd stage) Tour Colombia
62th (6th stage) Tour Colombia
64th Tour Colombia
67th (2nd stage) Tour Colombia
113th (4th stage) Tour Colombia
118th (5th stage) Tour Colombia
118th (1st stage) Vuelta a San Juan
125th (7th stage) Vuelta a San Juan