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Simmons places 10th at Vuelta a San Juan

Durangoan just misses youth title
Quinn Simmons (Courtesy Trek Segafredo)

The 39th edition of the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional concluded on Sunday in Argentina after seven days of racing that covered just over 710 miles.

After winning the third stage on Tuesday, Durangoan Quinn Simmons continued to climb the general classification leader board on stages 4-6 and ended up finishing 10th for Trek Segafredo. Simmons finished just 1 minute, 46 seconds after the winning time of 25 hours, 40 minutes and 57 seconds posted by Miguel Angel Lopez of Team Medelin – EPM.

In the youth competition, Simmons, 21, finished in second place five seconds after fellow American Matthew Riccitello of Israel-Premier Tech.

Riccitello finished ninth in the GC while the only other American in the race, Kevin Vermaerke of Team DSM, finished eighth (+1:30).

Simmons moved up 24 spots with his stage win Tuesday to 51st in the GC. On the 196.5-kilometer fourth stage, Simmons placed eighth in the same time as the winner and moved up 13 places into 38th.

On stage five, Simmons posted another top-10 finish, placing 10th 1:31 after Lopez, who took over the GC with a 30-second win and he never relinquished it. Simmons moved all the way into 11th with his time and into second in the youth division five seconds behind Riccitello.

Simmons finished in the peloton on the 144.9-kilometer sixth stage in the same time as the winner, along with 100 riders, in 52nd place to hold onto 10th.

On the final stage Sunday, Simmons once again finished in the peloton, crossing in 16th place, to hold onto his top-10 general classification placing.

Simmons finished ahead of Riccitello on both the sixth and seventh stages, and crossed 62 places ahead of him on the seventh stage, but Riccitello was also in the peloton and held on to his five-second advantage over Simmons in the youth competition.