Watch: Chaos at Vuelta a San Juan as riders forced to climb over barriers to complete stage

Riders took a wrong turn within the final kilometre

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While Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) took a comprehensive victory in the opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan, the rest of the peloton was plunged into chaos after riders took a wrong turn with less than a kilometre to go.

Race footage doesn’t show exactly what went wrong, but it appears that after turning left into the final kilometre, riders were presented with fork in the road with no barriers to show which way to go.

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Unfortunately a significant proportion of the peloton, including the whole Wilier Triestina lead-out train, chose to go right, turning down a road that branched off away from the finish.

That meant clearly frustrated riders either having to retrace their steps, or ride across an area of shrubland before clambering over barriers to cross the finish line.


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Thankfully all riders were given the same time as stage winner Gaviria.

This is far from the from the first time that races have descended into chaos after riders took a wrong turn due to poor signage or errant motorcycle out-riders.

Last year’s Tour des Fjords saw the break gaining 30 seconds on the peloton after a motorcycle took them on a shortcut through city traffic, while stage four of the excellently-named Colourful Yunnan Gryffindor International Cycling Race was marred by a nasty crash as two groups of sprinters somehow found themselves riding towards each other from either side of the finish line.