Riccardo Riccò put an early score on the board with stage 4 of the Vuelta a San Luis, in Argentina. The young Saunier Duval-Prodir rider (23 years-old), who also won the 2006 season-ending Japan Cup, took the 170.2 kilometre stage after 3 hours and 39 minutes of racing. Teammate Manuele Mori finished in sixth and Gilberto Simoni in the group at 56th.
"We needed to win a stage, we are very happy in being the first foreign team to win a stage in San Luis," said the rider from Modena to infobiker.com.ar. "The stage was the hardest one of all and we felt the 170 kilometres."
Of the team start in South America, Riccò noted, "Overall it is a great tour; the organization is very good and the level of riders is high. And tomorrow, I expect that my teammates will do something."
The race continues to be led by Jorge Giacinti, with 37 seconds over Fernando Antogna and 55 over Francisco Mancebo.