Tondo gains race lead with TT win

Serpa at 30 seconds in GC

Xavier Tondo (Movistar) blasted to victory and the overall race lead following the stage four time trial at the Tour de San Luis. The Spaniard won the 19.5 kms individual event in a time of 23:23, besting Argentina’s Jorge Giacinti (Team Argentina) in second and American Scott Zwizanski (UnitedHealthcare) in third.

"It was difficult to get a perfect rhythm today because of the wind,” Tondo said. “I went with my intuition and saved some energy in some moments. When I came back to San Luis, I did my best because my teammates told me there were hard sections on the way back. It is my third professional win in the time trial. Every time trial is different and you never know what to expect.”

Tondo’s victory moved him into the overall race lead, surpassing the previous leader and stage two winner Jose Serpa (Androni-Giocattoli) by 30 seconds. Giacinti’s second place performance in the time trial moved him into third place overall at 34 seconds.

"The next two stages will be very complicated but I think my team is really strong, we have good riders for the flat terrain and riders for the mountains too,” Tondo said. “Even if the other riders want to attack, my team is strong enough. The problem will be my legs and not knowing how they might react after four days of racing. It is complicated but we are in a good position.”

Italian teams look for redemption in the mountains

Jose Serpa (Androni-Giocattoli) put forth a respectable time trial performance but it was not enough to stop his Spanish rival, Tondo, from taking the lead in the overall classification. According to Serpa’s directeur sportif Gianni Savio, the Italian team will try and take back the leader’s jersey during the mountainous stages five on the Merlo ascent and six on La Carolina.

"I think Serpa made a good time trial, the top ten,” Savio said. “I was surprised, many compliments to Xavier Tondo for his spectacular ride today. Serpa is still in second and we will try to attack Tondo in the mountains. Maybe Tondo was very good today but will pay something for his effort in tomorrow’s stage.”

Two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) announced that he would be using the Tour de San Luis as a training race and pointed to his teammate Eros Capecchi as the team’s go-to man for the overall classification. Capecchi placed second in stage two and held onto the runner up position overall rankings until the time trial, where he lost over a minute to the new overall race leader Tondo. He will no doubt want to make up the difference in the mountains during the next two stages.

Fans go wild for home-town favourites

Racers flew through the downtown San Luis main street in pursuit of the highest placing possible in stage four’s individual time trial. Arguably the number one favourite to win the event was Giacinti, who had won the time trial stage in 2009 and the overall race in 2007.

"I feel very good this week because it is one of my main goals to win this race,” Giacinti said. “I’m in top form right now. I trained a lot with my time trial bike for this event because that is where I could make some time. I think I will be good on the climbs in the next two stages. I will take this one day at a time.”

Other notable contenders on the country’s national team included Alfredo Lucero, who won the overall event in 2008. His teammate Josue Moyano was sitting fourth overall before the start of the stage, but slid a few places in the race standings following the time trial. Last year’s overall sprint classification winner Walter Perez opened the event with the fastest mid-race split at 13:36 and managed to hold onto a top ten placing

American holds the fastest time until the very end

Scott Zwizanski (UnitedHealthcare) was the 15th rider to embark on the short but decisive time trial and ended up sitting in the hot seat with the fastest time of 23:38 for nearly the entire event.

"I was really happy to be in the lead today,” Zwizanski said. “Unfortunately the top guys are battling it out and of course they are going to go fast. But I was happy with my new equipment and the team support during the time trial today was great.”

The flat out-and-back parcours suited the time trial specialist, however, his performance came as a surprise, having arrived at the Tour de San Luis from the cold winter months of North America.

"I was happy for this performance because it is January and I did the best I could for this time of year,” Zwizanski said. “It was windy and a good course for me. There was a lot of head wind on the way out and I think I was about two minutes faster on the way back because of that tail wind. It was a good course.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Xavier Tondo (Spa) Movistar0:23:23 
2Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Argentina0:00:08 
3Scott Zwizanski (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:00:15 
4Juan E. Arango (Col) Colombia0:00:23 
5Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile0:00:25 
6Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile0:00:32 
7Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina0:00:33 
8Matias Medici (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:00:40 
9Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli  
10Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:45 
11Leandro Messineo (Arg) Argentina0:00:50 
12Gerardo Fernandez (Arg) Argentina0:00:51 
13Josue Moyano (Arg) Argentina0:00:56 
14Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:10 
15David De Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:12 
16Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare0:01:16 
17Mauricio Soler (Col) Movistar  
18Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing0:01:17 
19Jose Medina (Chi) Chile0:01:19 
20Martin Garrido (Arg) Argentina0:01:27 
21Douglas Moi (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
22Nerz Dominik (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:28 
23Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
24Alfredo Lucero (Arg) Argentina  
25Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile0:01:30 
26Charles Wegelius (GBr) Unitedhealthcare0:01:33 
27Christian Meier (Can) Unitedhealthcare0:01:34 
28Arnold Alcolea (Cub) Cuba0:01:38 
29Nestor Pias (Uru) Uruguay0:01:41 
30Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:01:42 
31Jorge Contreras (Chi) Chile0:01:43 
32Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing0:01:47 
33Bernardo Riccio (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:01:52 
34Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina0:01:58 
35Felix Baron (Col) Colombia0:02:01 
36Patricio Almonacid (Chi) Chile0:02:03 
37Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:05 
38David Bernabeu (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:02:08 
39Weimar Roldan (Col) Colombia0:02:12 
40Fortunato Baliani (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:02:13 
41Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:02:20 
42Gairo Ermiti (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli0:02:22 
43Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:02:28 
44Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:02:30 
45Camilo Gomez (Col) Colombia0:02:36 
46Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing0:02:38 
47Adelio Silva (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
48Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:44 
49Francisco Perez (Spa) Movistar0:02:45 
50Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
51Alexandro Marque (Spa) Onda0:02:47 
52Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
53Yasmani Martinez (Cub) Cuba0:02:48 
54Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:50 
55Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:51 
56Tiago Fiorilli (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:02:52 
57Pedro Portuondo (Cub) Cuba0:02:54 
58Oscar Soliz (Bol) Bolivia0:02:55 
59Pablo Lastras (Spa) Movistar0:02:57 
60Renato Seabra (Bra) Brasil0:03:03 
61Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar0:03:10 
62Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:03:12 
63Tiego Gasparoto (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:03:15 
64Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Ecuador0:03:16 
65Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:18 
66Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:03:19 
67Patxi Vila (Spa) De Rosa-Flaminia0:03:22 
68Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Ecuador0:03:23 
69Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:03:24 
70Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:03:26 
71Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli0:03:27 
72Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba0:03:28 
73Jose Ruiz (Ecu) Ecuador  
74Crischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
75Yamil Montaño (Bol) Bolivia0:03:29 
76Adrian Palomares (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:03:35 
77Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli  
78Horacio Gallardo (Bol) Bolivia0:03:38 
79Sebastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:39 
80Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Movistar  
81Yennier Lopez (Cub) Cuba0:03:42 
82Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
83Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing0:03:45 
84Lisuandi Alonso (Cub) Cuba  
85Lucas Solari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli  
86Ion Pardo (Spa) Onda0:03:52 
87Mauro Richeze (Arg) Argentina0:03:54 
88Jacobo Guarneri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
89Celio Sousa (Por) Onda0:03:55 
90Cristian Rosa (Bra) Brasil0:03:56 
91Byron Guama (Ecu) Ecuador0:03:58 
92Jonathan Millan (Col) Colombia  
93Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:03:59 
94David Clarke (GBr) Endura Racing0:04:00 
95Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare0:04:02 
96Alberto Morras (Spa) Onda0:04:03 
97Stefano Borchi (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:04:04 
98Marco Crespo (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
99Jose Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
100Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Endura Racing0:04:05 
101Mariano De Fino (Uru) Uruguay0:04:13 
102Juan Cotumba (Bol) Bolivia0:04:14 
103Angel Vicioso (Spa) Androni-Giocattoli0:04:16 
104Helder Oliveira (Por) Onda0:04:20 
105Piter Campero (Bol) Bolivia0:04:25 
106Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:04:38 
107Bruno Lima (Por) Onda0:04:41 
108Arlex Castro (Col) Colombia  
109Daizon Mendez (Bra) Brasil0:04:49 
110Pablo Pintos (Uru) Uruguay0:04:55 
111Davide Frattini (Ita) Unitedhealthcare0:04:59 
112Felipe Delai (Bra) Brasil0:05:09 
113Jose L. Miraglia (Uru) Uruguay0:05:14 
114Simone Campagnaro (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:05:21 
115Hernan Buenahora (Col) Colombia0:05:23 
116Cristian Benenati (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:05:24 
117Gregory Duarte (Uru) Uruguay0:05:35 
118Gustavo A. Miño (Par) Paraguay0:05:36 
119Richard Mascarañas (Uru) Uruguay0:05:40 
120Steffen Rodachla (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:05:44 
121Jorge Soto (Uru) Uruguay0:05:48 
122Hector Aguilar (Uru) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:06:00 
123Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:06:02 
124Nemesio Garcia (Uru) Uruguay0:06:09 
125Jose Luis Arroyo (Par) Paraguay0:06:15 
126Dirk Muller (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:06:35 
127Ramico Calpa (Ecu) Ecuador0:06:39 
128Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:06:44 
129Luis Calispa (Ecu) Ecuador0:08:48 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
8Endura Racing0:04:11 
9AG2R La Mondiale0:04:30 
10Andalucia-Caja Granada0:04:35 
12D'Angelo & Antenucci0:05:21 
16De Rosa-Flaminia0:08:34 
General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Xavier Tondo (Spa) Movistar12:35:40 
2Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli0:00:30 
3Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Argentina0:00:34 
4Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile0:00:59 
5Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:04 
6Josue Moyano (Arg) Argentina0:01:10 
7Gerardo Fernandez (Arg) Argentina0:01:44 
8Juan E. Arango (Col) Colombia0:01:52 
9Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:02:28 
10David De Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:55 
11Iker Camaño (Spa) Endura Racing0:03:07 
12Matias Medici (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:03:10 
13Fortunato Baliani (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:03:13 
14Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile0:03:48 
15Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:04:10 
16Martin Garrido (Arg) Argentina0:04:33 
17David Bernabeu (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:04:42 
18Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing0:04:46 
19Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:04:55 
20Alexandro Marque (Spa) Onda0:05:07 
21Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare  
22Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
23Leandro Messineo (Arg) Argentina0:05:12 
24Felix Baron (Col) Colombia0:05:15 
25Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:17 
26Arnold Alcolea (Cub) Cuba0:05:24 
27Patxi Vila (Spa) De Rosa-Flaminia0:05:31 
28Camilo Gomez (Col) Colombia0:05:33 
29Alfredo Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:05:51 
30Jonathan Millan (Col) Colombia0:05:53 
31Nestor Pias (Uru) Uruguay0:06:07 
32Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina0:06:18 
33Jose Medina (Chi) Chile0:06:19 
34Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:06:23 
35Paolo Bailetti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:06:25 
36Douglas Moi (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:06:30 
37Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Endura Racing0:06:38 
38Jose Luis Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
39Nerz Dominik (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale0:06:41 
40Renato Seabra (Bra) Brasil0:06:43 
41Yasmani Martinez (Cub) Cuba0:07:01 
42Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina0:07:09 
43Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli0:07:11 
44Byron Guama (Ecu) Ecuador0:07:33 
45Tiego Gasparoto (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:07:44 
46Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile0:07:48 
47Alberto Morras (Spa) Onda0:07:58 
48Adelio Silva (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:08:02 
49Patricio Almonacid (Chi) Chile0:08:09 
50David Clarke (GBr) Endura Racing0:08:20 
51Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing0:08:36 
52Charles Wegelius (GBr) Unitedhealthcare0:08:52 
53Davide Frattini (Ita) Unitedhealthcare0:08:55 
54Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:09:03 
55Francisco Perez (Spa) Movistar0:09:07 
56Crischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
57Oscar Soliz (Bol) Bolivia0:09:17 
58Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:09:22 
59Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:09:30 
60Adrian Palomares (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:09:36 
61Jose Ruiz (Ecu) Ecuador0:09:44 
62Mauricio Soler (Col) Movistar0:09:53 
63Mariano De Fino (Uru) Uruguay0:10:13 
64Pedro Portuondo (Cub) Cuba  
65Yennier Lopez (Cub) Cuba0:10:22 
66Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:28 
67Juan Cotumba (Bol) Bolivia0:10:49 
68Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing0:11:04 
69Celio Sousa (Por) Onda0:11:14 
70Sebastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:25 
71Angel Vicioso (Spa) Androni-Giocattoli  
72Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:11:26 
73Helder Oliveira (Por) Onda0:11:30 
74Lucas Solari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli0:11:32 
75Weimar Roldan (Col) Colombia0:12:24 
76Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba0:12:25 
77Horacio Gallardo (Bol) Bolivia  
78Pablo Pintos (Uru) Uruguay0:12:46 
79Marco Crespo (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:13:13 
80Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:22 
81Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Ecuador0:13:27 
82Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Ecuador0:13:30 
83Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada0:13:42 
84Mauro Richeze (Arg) Argentina0:14:00 
85Richard Mascarañas (Uru) Uruguay0:14:06 
86Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Movistar0:14:19 
87Hernan Buenahora (Col) Colombia0:14:21 
88Giorgio Brambilla (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:14:31 
89Lisuandi Alonso (Cub) Cuba0:14:38 
90Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:14:44 
91Piter Campero (Bol) Bolivia  
92Tiago Fiorilli (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:14:48 
93Bernardo Riccio (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci  
94Scott Zwizanski (USA) Unitedhealthcare0:14:59 
95Gregory Duarte (Uru) Uruguay0:15:26 
96Pablo Lastras (Spa) Movistar0:15:53 
97Jorge Soto (Uru) Uruguay0:15:54 
98Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:15:55 
99Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:56 
100Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar0:16:06 
101Jacobo Guarneri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:16:08 
102Ramico Calpa (Ecu) Ecuador0:16:09 
103Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli0:16:12 
104Gairo Ermiti (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli0:16:14 
105Christian Meier (Can) Unitedhealthcare0:16:18 
106Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:16:37 
107Simone Campagnaro (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:16:39 
108Ion Pardo (Spa) Onda0:16:57 
109Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare0:17:07 
110Stefano Borchi (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:17:09 
111Damiano Margutti (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:17:18 
112Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci0:17:43 
113Daizon Mendez (Bra) Brasil0:18:01 
114Gustavo A. Miño (Par) Paraguay0:18:18 
115Bruno Lima (Por) Onda0:18:33 
116Jose L. Miraglia (Uru) Uruguay0:19:49 
117Nemesio Garcia (Uru) Uruguay0:20:16 
118Cristian Rosa (Bra) Brasil  
119Steffen Rodachla (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:20:28 
120Cristian Benenati (Ita) De Rosa-Flaminia0:21:20 
121Dirk Muller (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:21:23 
122Arlex Castro (Col) Colombia0:21:32 
123Yamil Montaño (Bol) Bolivia0:22:45 
124Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:23:13 
125Jorge Contreras (Chi) Chile0:23:25 
126Felipe Delai (Bra) Brasil0:24:38 
127Hector Aguilar (Uru) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:33:14 
128Luis Calispa (Ecu) Ecuador0:37:19 
129Jose Luis Arroyo (Par) Paraguay0:39:07 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli10 pts
2Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale8 
3Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile6 
4Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile6 
5Xavier Tondo (Spa) Movistar4 
6Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada3 
7Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile3 
8Camilo Gomez (Col) Colombia3 
9Josue Moyano (Arg) Argentina2 
10Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina2 
11Fortunato Baliani (Ita) D'Angelo & Antenucci1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile10 pts
2Richard Mascarañas (Uru) Uruguay9 
3Juan Lucero (Arg) Argentina6 
4Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada4 
5Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2 
6Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing1 
7Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina1 
8Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina1 
9Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba1 
10Marco Crespo (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba1 
U23 classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Josue Moyano (Arg) Argentina  
2Felix Baron (Col) Colombia  
3Cristian Martinez (Arg) Argentina  
4Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
5Nerz Dominik (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale  
6Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Caja Granada  
7Piter Campero (Bol) Bolivia  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Endura Racing0:08:48 
6Andalucia-Caja Granada0:09:13 
10AG2R La Mondiale0:13:28 
11D'Angelo & Antenucci0:15:11 
16De Rosa-Flaminia0:22:56 

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