In his first race for the team after several seasons with Deceuninck-Quick-Step, including two victories at his first Tour de France in 2018, Gaviria stole the show from Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural Seguros) and Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe).
“I’m super happy when I win,” Gaviria said. explained. “Above all because I have changed teams and I was looking for a confirmation.
"The UAE Team Emirates is improving year after year and becoming the strongest in the world and I’m happy to be apart of this project.
"In my old team, I learned so much and now I’m bringing all of that knowledge with me in my new chapter.
"I want to thank my team because they worked so well even if we are young, we have so much talent.
"We prepared very well in the winter and in the last days here in San Juan before the race. In the sprint, I was very relaxed because knew that I could win.”
The Colombian also moved into the race lead with his stage victory.