Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) took overall victory in the Vuelta a San Juan after an aggressive final day of racing in Argentina.
Moles went into the final stage with a 14-second lead over Oscar Sevilla (Medellin-Inder), but his main threat came from Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) who made his way into the day’s break in an effort to overcome a 1-17 deficit.
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Together with local riders Gonzalo Najar and Juan Pablo Dotti, Nibali built up a lead of over a minute and a half, putting Nibali into the virtual race lead.
With the peloton expecting a bunch sprint, Quick-Step sprung a surprise, with Max Richeze jumping clear in the final kilometre to win by three seconds ahead of team-mate Tom Boonen and Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec).
Vuelta a San Juan 2017, stage seven: Pocito to Pocito, 111.3km
1. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors, in 2-16-48
2. Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, at 3 secs
3. Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec
4. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
5. Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
6. Jose Luis Rivera (Arg) Equipo Continental Municipalidad de Pocito
7. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida
8. Attilio Viviani (Ita) Italy
9. Daniel Juarez (Arg) Asociacion Civil Mardan
10. Mattia Viel (Ita) Unieuro Trevigiani – Hemus 1896, all same time
Final general classification
1. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, in 20-19-00
2. Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Medellin – Inder, at 4 secs
3. Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec, at 16 secs
4. Ricardo Escuela (Arg) Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima, at 20 secs
5. Rui Costa (Por) UAE-Abu Dhabi. at 26 secs
6. Laureano Rosas (Arg) Argentina, at 27 secs
7. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain Merida, at 49 secs
8. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 1-15
9. Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec, at 1-29
10. Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, at 1-31