Ferrari zooms to race lead

Androni-Giocattoli rider outpaces home favorite Richeze

Roberto Ferrari (Androni-Giocattoli) put his last name to the test when he stepped on the gas with 250 metres to go and won the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis on the streets of Justo Daract.

The Italian was one of a handful of sprinters that made the decisive split in the peloton with 20 kilometres to go including Maximiliano Richeze (D’Angelo & Antenucci) who placed second and Jacobo Guarneri (Liquigas-Cannondale) in third.

"I wanted to be on Max Richeze’s wheel and that is where I ended up," Ferrari said. "I thought that in that group of 20 riders he would be the fastest. The sprint straightaway was very long and I started my sprint at a couple hundred metres to go, a little late. I felt really good. It was too hot today but I felt good."

Ferrari will start stage two’s 156 km road race wearing the leader’s jersey but does not expect to hold on to it after the mountaintop ascent to Mirador del Potrero. The best climber competition is led by breakaway rider Jesus Rosendo (Andalucia-Caja Granada) and his race-day companion Juan Lucero (Team Argentina) leads the best sprinter competition.

Strong cross winds force decisive split

After a relatively tranquil 140 kms, the peloton shattered along Highway 7 with 20 kilometres to go due to strong cross winds and the efforts of several motivated teams and racers.

"The wind was very, very strong today and so it was our plan to stay at the front of the race, especially near the end," Ferrari said. "We had Jose Serpa with us and that was great because he is our general classification rider."

Those who made the split included Ferrari’s teammates Angel Vicioso and Jose Serpa, who placed second to Vincenzo Nibali in last year’s general classification. Guarneri ended the race with a podium sprint with help from his teammate Nerz Dominik and overall contender Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale).

"We had a few riders in that front group and it was good that we had a fast sprinter like Ferrari," Serpa said. "To have three of us in the front is a good situation for our team. There were a few good climbers in the front group. I am happy because there was a small gap to the next big group and all those small amount of seconds will count later in the race."

Five riders represented Team Argentina in the move with 2007 overall winner Jorge Giacinti, 2009 overall winner Alfredo Lucero, Walter Perez, Mauro Richeze and Gerargo Fernandez. Also in the front move was former stage winner Xavier Tondo (Movistar), David De Lay (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Iker Camano (Endura racing), Patxi Vila and Giorgio Brambilla (De Rosa-Flaminia), Emanuel Yanes and Jorge Soto (Team Uruguay).

The hot and windy long haul to Justo Daract

Liquigas-Cannondale arrived to the start of the opening stage sign-in wearing race radios in protest of the International Cycling Union (UCI) decision to prohibit them. The event’s chief official instructed the team to remove the radios before the start of the race.

The stage opened with three eight-kilometre circuits around the city of San Luis. After two relatively uneventful laps, Jesus Rosendo (Andalucia-Caja Granada) ignited the race with a solo attack. He was later joined by Juan Lucero (Team Argentina) and the pair gained a three-minute advantage ahead of the peloton as they headed out onto Autopista 7. They would stay on that road for the next 140kms until reaching the finishing town of Justo Daract.

Rosendo kicked off the event’s best climber competition after taking full points the stages first and only King of the Mountain located 50 kms into the stage. The pair increased their lead to more than eight minutes however, their chances of making it to the finish line were slim with strong cross-head winds and more than 100 kms to go.

Lucero picked up full points in the two sprint hot spots located in Fraga and Villa Mercedes. The Argentine sprinter will no doubt want to contest the event’s sprint jersey, coached by his teammate and last year’s best sprinter Walter Perez.

Back in the peloton, Liquigas-Cannondale, Movistar and Androni-Giocattoli picked up the tempo to reduce the time to the breakaway to a more manageable margin of one and half minute. Lucero’s breakaway move helped to absolve his nine remaining teammates from having to chase and allowed them to prepare a fresh lead-out for sprinter Mauro Richeze. One of Richeze’s sprint competitors was his older brother Maximiliano along with Ferrari and both ended up taking the two top spots on the podium.

"I am very, very happy with Ferrari," said Androni-Giocattoli directeur Gianni Savio. "He is a very good sprinter and he is not even at 100 percent top form yet. I think he is at about 80 percent right now and I hope that he will continue to win races in Europe. Many compliments to my whole team today."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli4:59:30 
2Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
3Jacobo Guarneri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
4Jorge Soto (Uru) Uruguay  
5Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
6Mauro Richeze (Arg) Argentina  
7Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli  
8Josue Moyano (Arg) Argentina  
9David De Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
11Patxi Vila (Spa) De Rosa-Flaminia  
12Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing  
13Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Argentina  
14Angel Vicioso (Spa) Androni-Giocattoli  
15Xavier Tondo (Spa) Movistar  
16Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina0:00:05 
17Nerz Dominik (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:08 
18Gerardo Fernandez (Arg) Argentina  
19Emanuel Yanes (Uru) Uruguay  
20Weimar Roldan (Col) Colombia0:00:38 
21Juan E. Arango (Col) Colombia  
22Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile  
23Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
24Jonathan Millan (Col) Colombia  
25Horacio Gallardo (Bol) Bolivia  
26Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Ecuador  
27Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Endura Racing  
28Bruno Lima (Por) Onda  
29Jorge Gallegos (Ecu) Ecuador  
30Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina  
31Rodrigo Araujo (Bra) Brasil  
32Felix Baron (Col) Colombia  
33Alexandro Marque (Spa) Onda  
34Crischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
35Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
36Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
37Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
38Lucas Solari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli  
39Renato Seabra (Bra) Brasil  
40David Clarke (GBr) Endura Racing  
41David Bernabeu (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
42Matias Medici (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
43Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Pablo Lastras (Spa) Movistar  
45Francisco Perez (Spa) Movistar  
46Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare  
47Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing  
48Marco Crespo (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
49Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
50Ion Pardo (Spa) Onda  
51Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
52Lisuandi Alonso (Cub) Cuba  
53Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare  
54Arnold Alcolea (Cub) Cuba  
55Leandro Messineo (Arg) Argentina  
56Felix R. Cardenas (Col) Colombia  
57Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Fortunato Baliani (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
59Douglas Moi (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
60Stefano Borchi (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
61Helder Oliveira (Por) Onda  
62Bernardo Riccio (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
63Martin Garrido (Arg) Argentina  
64Davide Frattini (Ita) Unitedhealthcare  
65Byron Guama (Ecu) Ecuador  
66Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
67Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
68Richard Mascarañas (Uru) Uruguay  
69Yasmani Martinez (Cub) Cuba  
70Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
71Gairo Ermiti (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli  
72Pedro Portuondo (Cub) Cuba  
73Dirk Muller (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
74Charles Wegelius (GBr) Unitedhealthcare  
75Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile  
76Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
77Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
78Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing  
79Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
80Jose Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
81Alberto Morras (Spa) Onda  
82Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
83Nestor Pias (Uru) Uruguay  
84Jose L. Miraglia (Uru) Uruguay  
85Gregory Duarte (Uru) Uruguay  
86Celio Sousa (Por) Onda  
87Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
88Daizon Mendez (Bra) Brasil  
89Pablo Pintos (Uru) Uruguay  
90Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
91Tiego Gasparoto (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
92Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
93Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar  
94Mariano De Fino (Uru) Uruguay  
95Alfredo Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:01:53 
96Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile  
97Gustavo A. Miño (Par) Paraguay0:02:17 
98Juan Cotumba (Bol) Bolivia  
99Nemesio Garcia (Uru) Uruguay  
100Hernan Buenahora (Col) Colombia  
101Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina  
102Piter Campero (Bol) Bolivia  
103Adelio Silva (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
104Jorge Contreras (Chi) Chile  
105Jose Medina (Chi) Chile  
106Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli  
107Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Movistar  
108Simone Campagnaro (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
109Sebastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
110Cristian Benenati (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
111Christian Meier (Can) Unitedhealthcare  
112Scott Zwizanski (USA) Unitedhealthcare  
113Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
114Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba  
115Yennier Lopez (Cub) Cuba  
116Patricio Almonacid (Chi) Chile  
117Oscar Soliz (Bol) Bolivia  
118Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
119Adrian Palomares (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
120Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Ecuador  
121Camilo Gomez (Col) Colombia  
122Jose Ruiz (Ecu) Ecuador  
123Steffen Rodachla (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
124Tiago Fiorilli (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
125Yamil Montaño (Bol) Bolivia  
126Ramico Calpa (Ecu) Ecuador  
127Arlex Castro (Col) Colombia  
128Rodigo Cuevas (Chi) Chile0:03:45 
129Gonzalo Miranda (Chi) Chile  
130Jose Luis Arroyo (Par) Paraguay0:07:19 
131Cristian Rosa (Bra) Brasil  
132Samuel Coronel (Par) Paraguay0:07:33 
133Juan P. Villamayor (Par) Paraguay0:07:36 
134Fernando Rolon (Par) Paraguay  
135Luis Calispa (Ecu) Ecuador0:08:11 
136Mauricio Soler (Col) Movistar  
137Victor H. Tarqui (Bol) Bolivia  
138Hector Aguilar (Uru) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
139Felipe Delai (Bra) Brasil  
140Luis Delgado (Chi) Chile  
141Sebastin Araya (Chi) Chile0:10:20 
142Oscar A. Matiauda (Par) Paraguay0:14:40 
La Cumbre (Cat. 3), km. 49.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada3 pts
2Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina2 
3Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina1 
Fraga, km. 85,10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina3 pts
2Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada2 
3Marco Crespo (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba1 
Villa Mercedes, km. 127,10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina3 pts
2Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada2 
3Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Androni-Giocattoli14:58:30 
2Argentina  
3Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:08 
4De Rosa-Flaminia0:00:38 
5Uruguay0:00:46 
6Endura Racing0:01:16 
7D'Angelo & Antenucci  
8AG2R La Mondiale  
9Movistar  
10Colombia0:01:54 
11ONDA  
12Andalucia-Caja Granada  
13Ecuador  
14Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
15Brazil  
16UnitedHealthcare  
17Cuba  
18Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
19Chile0:03:09 
20Bolivia0:05:12 
21Paraguay0:17:09 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli4:59:20 
2Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:00:04 
3Jacobo Guarneri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:06 
4Jorge Soto (Uru) Uruguay0:00:10 
5Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
6Mauro Richeze (Arg) Argentina  
7Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli  
8Josue Moyano (Arg) Argentina  
9David De Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
11Patxi Vila (Spa) De Rosa-Flaminia  
12Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing  
13Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Argentina  
14Angel Vicioso (Spa) Androni-Giocattoli  
15Xavier Tondo (Spa) Movistar  
16Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina0:00:15 
17Nerz Dominik (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:18 
18Gerardo Fernandez (Arg) Argentina  
19Emanuel Yanes (Uru) Uruguay  
20Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:00:44 
21Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina0:00:47 
22Marco Crespo (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
23Weimar Roldan (Col) Colombia0:00:48 
24Juan E. Arango (Col) Colombia  
25Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile  
26Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
27Jonathan Millan (Col) Colombia  
28Horacio Gallardo (Bol) Bolivia  
29Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Ecuador  
30Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Endura Racing  
31Bruno Lima (Por) Onda  
32Jorge Gallegos (Ecu) Ecuador  
33Rodrigo Araujo (Bra) Brasil  
34Felix Baron (Col) Colombia  
35Alexandro Marque (Spa) Onda  
36Crischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
37Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
38Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
39Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
40Lucas Solari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli  
41Renato Seabra (Bra) Brasil  
42David Clarke (GBr) Endura Racing  
43David Bernabeu (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
44Matias Medici (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
45Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Pablo Lastras (Spa) Movistar  
47Francisco Perez (Spa) Movistar  
48Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare  
49Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing  
50Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Ion Pardo (Spa) Onda  
52Lisuandi Alonso (Cub) Cuba  
53Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare  
54Arnold Alcolea (Cub) Cuba  
55Leandro Messineo (Arg) Argentina  
56Felix R. Cardenas (Col) Colombia  
57Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Fortunato Baliani (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
59Douglas Moi (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
60Stefano Borchi (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
61Helder Oliveira (Por) Onda  
62Bernardo Riccio (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
63Martin Garrido (Arg) Argentina  
64Davide Frattini (Ita) Unitedhealthcare  
65Byron Guama (Ecu) Ecuador  
66Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
67Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
68Richard Mascarañas (Uru) Uruguay  
69Yasmani Martinez (Cub) Cuba  
70Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
71Gairo Ermiti (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli  
72Pedro Portuondo (Cub) Cuba  
73Dirk Muller (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
74Charles Wegelius (GBr) Unitedhealthcare  
75Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile  
76Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
77Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
78Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing  
79Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
80Jose Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
81Alberto Morras (Spa) Onda  
82Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
83Nestor Pias (Uru) Uruguay  
84Jose L. Miraglia (Uru) Uruguay  
85Gregory Duarte (Uru) Uruguay  
86Celio Sousa (Por) Onda  
87Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
88Daizon Mendez (Bra) Brasil  
89Pablo Pintos (Uru) Uruguay  
90Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
91Tiego Gasparoto (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
92Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
93Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar  
94Mariano De Fino (Uru) Uruguay  
95Alfredo Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:02:03 
96Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile  
97Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:02:21 
98Gustavo A. Miño (Par) Paraguay0:02:27 
99Juan Cotumba (Bol) Bolivia  
100Nemesio Garcia (Uru) Uruguay  
101Hernan Buenahora (Col) Colombia  
102Piter Campero (Bol) Bolivia  
103Adelio Silva (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
104Jorge Contreras (Chi) Chile  
105Jose Medina (Chi) Chile  
106Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli  
107Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Movistar  
108Simone Campagnaro (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
109Sebastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
110Cristian Benenati (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia  
111Christian Meier (Can) Unitedhealthcare  
112Scott Zwizanski (USA) Unitedhealthcare  
113Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
114Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba  
115Yennier Lopez (Cub) Cuba  
116Patricio Almonacid (Chi) Chile  
117Oscar Soliz (Bol) Bolivia  
118Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
119Adrian Palomares (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
120Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Ecuador  
121Camilo Gomez (Col) Colombia  
122Jose Ruiz (Ecu) Ecuador  
123Steffen Rodachla (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
124Tiago Fiorilli (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
125Yamil Montaño (Bol) Bolivia  
126Ramico Calpa (Ecu) Ecuador  
127Arlex Castro (Col) Colombia  
128Rodigo Cuevas (Chi) Chile0:03:55 
129Gonzalo Miranda (Chi) Chile  
130Jose Luis Arroyo (Par) Paraguay0:07:29 
131Cristian Rosa (Bra) Brasil  
132Samuel Coronel (Par) Paraguay0:07:43 
133Juan P. Villamayor (Par) Paraguay0:07:46 
134Fernando Rolon (Par) Paraguay  
135Luis Calispa (Ecu) Ecuador0:08:21 
136Mauricio Soler (Col) Movistar  
137Victor H. Tarqui (Bol) Bolivia  
138Hector Aguilar (Uru) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
139Felipe Delai (Bra) Brasil  
140Luis Delgado (Chi) Chile  
141Sebastin Araya (Chi) Chile0:10:30 
142Oscar A. Matiauda (Par) Paraguay0:14:50 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada3 pts
2Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina2 
3Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina6 pts
2Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada4 
3Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina1 
4Marco Crespo (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba1 
U23 classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Josue Moyano (Arg) Argentina  
2Nerz Dominik (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale  
3Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina  
4Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
5Felix Baron (Col) Colombia  
6Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
7Piter Campero (Bol) Bolivia  
8Samuel Coronel (Par) Paraguay  
9Juan P. Villamayor (Par) Paraguay  
10Luis Delgado (Chi) Chile  
11Oscar A. Matiauda (Par) Paraguay  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Androni-Giocattoli14:58:30 
2Argentina  
3Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:08 
4De Rosa-Flaminia0:00:38 
5Uruguay0:00:46 
6Endura Racing0:01:16 
7D'Angelo & Antenucci  
8AG2R La Mondiale  
9Movistar  
10Colombia0:01:54 
11ONDA  
12Andalucia-Caja Granada  
13Ecuador  
14Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
15Brazil  
16UnitedHealthcare  
17Cuba  
18Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
19Chile0:03:09 
20Bolivia0:05:12 
21Paraguay0:17:09 

 

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