Hamish Schreurs of Israel Cycling Academy was the stand out performer from the breakaway in stage 2 of the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.  The former U23 national road champion was the last man standing after a large group of riders broke clear prior to Julian Alaphilippe claiming the stage win.

Stage 2 of the Vuelta a a San Juan Internacional took the field 132.5km from Chimbas to Peri Lago Punta Negra.  It was hard to know how the stage would end, with a tough climb up Alto Punta Negra to be tackled three times before a fourth climb up the 1km and 8% climb peaked with just under 4km to go.  Racing was hot too, with the stage shortened from 160km, but it still resulted in 40C temperatures.

That did little to stop Schreurs from launching the first Israel Cycling Academy attack of 2019 in the company of Andre Eduardo Gohr of the Brazilian National Team and Miguel Luis Alvarez of the Mexican National Team.  Schreurs took the intermediate sprint at 32.5km while it was Alvarez who took the first three KOM climbs.  With 63.4km covered the break had a 3.34min lead over the bunch but that came back to 1.30mins with just under 100km completed.

As the kilometres ticked away Hamish Schreurs went out on the attack from the group and reached 20km to go with 40 seconds in hand over the peloton.  He held on valiantly, with 20 seconds still in hand with 9km; but was caught 7km from the finish.  

A late attack from Julian Alaphilippe was enough to secure the stage honours, with Schreurs crossing the line in a small group containing Bernhard Eisel.


Photo: Marion Wright/RoadCycling.co.nz


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