This Friday everything went the other way, but it started as usual. Winner Anacona attacked to break the group, to see the response of others, but his momentum was so strong that he endured to stay with the victory in the fifth stage of the Vuelta a San Juan and, incidentally, with the lead.
Back, Nairo Quintana, his companion, the leader of Movistar, served as a gregarious and was in charge of controlling the group so that they would not leave for his friend, for his compatriot.
“Nairo told me on the radio to continue that nobody was behind the pace and encouraged me to go forward, ” said the 30-year-old from Boyacá, who with his calm, sometimes shy tone, smiled to talk about his victory.
“I’m tired, but happy for the great job I did, for what my teammates did. And this goes for my family, my children and my wife, who surely saw me from Colombia, “he said.
Winner also gave credit to the great pre-season he did in Boyacá, where he always trains before starting a new year. “We knew it was a 2019 of great challenges and we prepared ourselves thoroughly, in the best way, and the body is responding to that. I attacked and I did not run out of legs and that’s a good sign. ”
As for his two pursuers in the stage, also Colombian César Paredes and Christian Montoya, Anacona told how those last meters were in which he had to deal with the superiority of the Medellin team.
“I went out several times to leave them, but they did not take off from my wheel and in the end, when I saw the finish line, I did it again and I noticed that the stage was already mine and I celebrated,” he concluded. Winner bonded and took 41 seconds to Julian Alaphilippe, who incidentally lost at the end of the race.