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Fernando Gaviria states his intentions for the Classics

Joseph Delves
24 Jan 2017

The 22-year-old sprinter took a convincing win that bodes well for his chances come spring

Fernando Gaviria of Quick-Step Floors once again flagged himself as a rider to watch with a win in stage one of the Vuelta de San Juan.

The 22-year-old sprinter benefited from a great leadout by teammate Tom Boonen, along with a decreased field due to many in the bunch taking a wrong turn in the kilometers before the finish.

Still many of the sprinters were there come the line. Having been beaten into second place Elia Viviani described the young colombian as a ‘phenomenon’.

With plenty of years ahead of him, Gaviria is already starting to establish himself as one of the youngest sprinters able to command a leadout train and mix it with the more established names. 

The Vuelta de San Juan might come early in the season, but it boasts a quality field and while the Classics are still a distance off the betting markets now have Gaviria among the top three favourites for the sprinters' classic, Milan-San Remo.

At last year’s race he looked ideally positioned to to take the win coming into the sprint before a late crash left him on the deck and in tears.

Having already beaten Mark Cavendish during his stagiaire year at the 2015 Tour de San Luis he’ll be hoping to repeat that this March, although he’ll still likely have to come around Peter Sagan for a shot at the win.

Regardless of his performance there Quick-Step Floors will take heart that the team appears to be coming together well ahead of their spring campaign. 

Lead image credit: Quick-Step Floors