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Eduardo Sepúlveda

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Place: Rawson, Chubut
Birth: 13/06/1991
Country: ARG
Height: 173 Cm
Weight: 61 Kg
Pro debut: 2012
Years in team: 1
Career path:

2018: 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 his maiden Movistar Team season, Eduardo shone most notably at ‘his’ Vuelta a San Juan, claiming several top places with neither victory nor GC, due to crosswinds on stage four.

 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.

 His most known anecdote led him to a DQ in the 2015 Tour de France, while racing for a top-20 overall finish. Sepúlveda, who was part of the Bretagne team, was taken out of the race by the jury after getting into the car of the AG2R La Mondiale team, having broken the chain of his bike during a climb on stage 14. Sepúlveda received immediate assistance from the AG2R car, which gave him a wheel after thinking he had a puncture or a broken spoke. Eduardo’s own team car did not see him by the side of the road and only realized he was left behind 100 meters higher up the road. The Argentinian rider panicked and chose to get into the AG2R car to reach the Bretagne one, which the UCI regulations explicitly forbids.

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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
2019

47 Days of Racing
6166.6 Km covered

7th (2nd stage) Tour de Romandie
9th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Aragón
11th (1st stage) Vuelta a Aragón
13th Tour de Romandie
15th Vuelta a Aragón
16th (4th stage) Tour de Romandie
17th (5th stage) Tour de Romandie
20th Vuelta a Madrid
20th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Madrid
29th Vuelta a Castilla y León
30th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
31th (6th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
31th (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
32th (2nd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
33th Settimana Coppi e Bartali
33th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Madrid
34th (3rd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
36th (3rd stage) Tour de Romandie
39th (3rd stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
40th (6th stage) Tour de Romandie
42th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
42th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
43th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
44th Critérium du Dauphiné
46th (7th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
46th (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
49th (5th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
54th (1st stage) Tour de Romandie
54th (4th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
55th (1st stage) Vuelta a Madrid
56th Strade Bianche
60th (1st stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
61th (8th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
61th (7th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
64th (4th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
68th GP Larciano
69th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Aragón
69th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
72th (5th stage) Tour Colombia
90th Vuelta a San Juan
99th (5th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
100th (1st stage) Vuelta a San Juan
101th Tour Colombia
105th (6th stage) Tour Colombia
113th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
118th (3rd stage) Tour Colombia
119th (2nd stage) Tour Colombia
143th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
145th (4th stage) Tour Colombia
149th (6th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
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