In blistering hot conditions the 1st stage of the Vuelta a San Juan was won by Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates), with Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural) second and Sam Bennett third.

On his return to racing, following a lengthy period on the sidelines due to illness, Mark Cavendish finished strongly in 8th in front of the fanatical fans in Pocito.

The 159km stage from San Juan to Pocito saw the World Tour teams fully in control of of the 27-team event, with a number of small breakaways not having much of any impact on the final result.

The focus being on keeping hydrated in conditions approaching 50 degrees celsius in the late afternoon.

New faces

For our team, Rasmus Tiller and Gino Mader both rode their first races as professionals while Danilo Wyss also made his debut for Team Dimension Data.

Say what?

“It was hot, so hot but when I looked around I could tell I wasn’t the only one suffering. I don’t wear a heart rate monitor but it takes your heart rate that much higher in that sort of heat.

“It was nice to be back in the peloton, obviously early season it’s always a bit nervous and after for so long, not even being in a bike race for 6 months, it was actually nice to get in the mix again.” – Mark Cavendish