Loddo claims San Luis finale

Nibali wins general classification

Alberto Loddo (Androni-Giocattoli) captured his second stage win, the fourth for the team, in a mass gallop to the line during the seventh and final stage of the Tour de San Luis on Sunday. The Italian outpaced Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) who placed second and Francisco Pacheco (Xacobeo-Galicia) in third.

"My legs felt so painful today," said Loddo at the end of the seven-day stage race. "My team worked so, so well for me today and I had to get this victory for them. The sprint was very difficult and so many teams were at the front. But we were very determined as a team to win the sprint. This was a great week for our team."

The top prize went to Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) however, the Italian capturing a hard-fought overall title at the fourth annual Tour de San Luis. He moved into the overall leader's jersey following his stage four win in the 19.5km time trial and maintained a 28-second lead ahead of runner up Jose Serpa (Androni-Giocattoli) with 1:19 separating him and Rafael Valls (Footon-Servetto) in third.

"The last day again, my team did truly great work," Nibali said. "I am very happy with this victory and so is our Directeur Sportif [Mario Scirea]. We kept the break away always at two and half minutes to be safe. The finish of the race today was very dangerous and I had to be very attentive with the turns and the downhill and all the riders who want a stage win. But, it worked out very well."

Valls won stage two atop the Mirador De Los Funes ascent, the first of three mountaintop finishes. He went on to capture the event's mountains classification. "I won a stage and that started us in the overall lead," Valls said. "To win the mountain jersey, I'm happy with that and I'm happy with how our team rode this week."

Androni-Giocattoli was undoubtedly the strongest team, winning four of the seven stages along with the event's Best Overall Team classification. "I am very happy with the team because they executed their tactics perfectly this week," said directeur sportif Gianni Savio. "Congratulations to Alberto Loddo for two great victories and to the whole team for working very well. To win four stages, place second in the individual overall and win the overall best team, that is very good and I am very happy."

"Our riders are in good condition and we threw everything we had at Vincenzo Nibali," he added. "Nibali had to work on the climbs alone because his team was working very hard before the climbs during the stages. He showed that he is strong and equally intelligent, always there when he had to be. For this, I want to congratulate him."

Runner up in two stages, Danilo Napolitano expressed his disappointment for not producing a victory for his Katusha team during the seven-day stage race. "I am not so pleased," Napolitano said. "Today was very fast, I felt good and I was hoping to bring a win for my team and I did not. But, it is still only January and it is not always possible to be in the fastest form. For sure, this race provided very good training for everyone. Now I will look to the Tour of Qatar."

Overall contenders confused over time bonus location

The seventh and final day of the Tour de San Luis offered the peloton a fast 167km stage on a 58km circuit in and around the host city of San Luis. Liquigas-Doimo's Vincenzo Nibali started the day as the overall leader, 28 seconds ahead of Jose Serpa and 1:19 ahead of Rafael Valls.

Further down in the classification a cluster of overall contenders from fifth through seventh place with the same time at 2:15 behind the leader. Those riders were Santiago Botero (Team Colombia), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni-Giocattoli) and Jorge Giacinti (team Argentina) respectively. Michael Rasmussen (Miche Silver Cross) sat in seventh place a mere one second behind the others.

The first King of the Mountain point was located 17km into the first of three circuits. Botero and Rasmussen attacked one another in pursuit of the valuable time bonuses. However, confusion arose over the intermediate time bonuses which weren't offered at the top of the mountain. They were available five kilometres after the mountaintop, at the intermediate sprint line won by former Olympic Madison gold medalist, Walter Perez (Team Argentina).

"I don't know what happened," Botero said. "I saw Rasmussen sprint so I started sprinting too. I thought maybe there were time bonuses there but there weren't any. I think we were confused."

A breakaway of seven riders escaped the peloton following the two category sprints to include David Gutierrez (Footon-Servetto), Oleksandr Kvachuk (ISD-Neri), Matias Medici (Scott-Mercondes), Jose de Segovia (Xacobeo-Galacia), Luca Mazzanti (Katusha), Javier Ramirez (Andalucia-Cajasur) and Fortunato Baliani (Miche Silver Cross).

By the end of the second lap, the break away of seven riders gained a maximum of three minutes. None of the riders contested the king of the mountain zone of the intermediate Sprints. With less than 50 kilometres to go, one more lap, the Liquigas-Doimo team set a tempo fast enough to hold the breakaway at a sage time advantage, including its sprinter Francesco Chicchi.

The leaders received help from other teams such as Androni-Giocattoli that had ambitions to win the final stage with sprinter Alberto Loddo. With one rider in the break, Katusha was exempt from chasing and its sprinter Danilo Napolitano sat protected from the wind inside the peloton waiting for the final kilometres of the race. The breakaway riders were reeled back in on the lengthy descent toward the finish line.

Full results
1Alberto Loddo (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli3:44:46 
2Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Katusha  
3Francisco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
4Luciano A. Pagliarini (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
5Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
6Vidal Celis (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
7Weimar Roldan (Col) Colombia  
8Gonzalo Miranda (Chi) Chile  
9Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile  
10Carlos Alzate (Col) Colombia  
11Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home  
12Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
13Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina  
14Edgardo Simon (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
15Jorge Martin Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur  
16Maximiliano Bade (Arg) Argentina  
17Yasmani Martinez (Cub) Cuba  
18Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri  
19Francisco Ramon Chamorro (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
20Dirk Muller (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
21Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
22Daniel Diaz (Arg) Argentina  
23Marcel Kalz (Ger) Germany  
24Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
25Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD-Neri  
26Ignacio Maldonado (Uru) Uruguay  
27Cesar S. Vaquera (Mex) Mexico  
28Simone Campagnaro (Ita) Miche  
29Ignacio Pereyra (Arg) Argentina  
30Henning Bommel (Ger) Germany  
31Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD-Neri  
32Kim Lachmann (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
33Philipp Mamos (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
34Pablo Seisdedos (Chi) Chile  
35José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
36Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
37Gerardo Fernandez (Arg) Argentina  
38Emanuel Vona (Ita) ISD-Neri  
39Roberto Pinheiro (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
40Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
41Luis Mate (Spa) Androni-Giocattoli  
42Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha  
43Frank Travieso (Cub) Jamis-Sutter Home  
44Guido Palma (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home  
45Pascale Muto (Ita) Miche  
46Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
47Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli  
48Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Katusha  
49Ariel Lucero (Arg) Argentina  
50Juan P. Suarez (Col) Colombia  
51Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
52Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
53Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
54Moritz Milatz (Ger) Germany  
55Yosue Moyano (Arg) Argentina  
56Carlos Ospina (Col) Colombia  
57Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli  
58Jairo Perez (Col) Colombia  
59Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha  
60Alfredo Lucero (Arg) Argentina  
61Armando Camargo (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
62Arnols Alcolea (Cub) Cuba  
63Gustavo Rodriguez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
64Jose Rodrigues (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
65Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home  
66Ramiro Cabrera (Uru) Uruguay  
67Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo  
68Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
69Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
70Santiago Botero (Col) Colombia  
71Stefan Schafer (Ger) Germany  
72Freddy Buergos (Cub) Cuba  
73Jose A. De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia  
74Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri  
75Raul Granjel (Cub) Cuba  
76Michael Rasmussen (Den) Miche  
77Carlos Ochoa (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli  
78Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba  
79Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Miche  
80Mariano De Fino (Uru) Uruguay  
81Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home  
82Matias Medici (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
83Ricardo Guedes (Uru) Uruguay  
84Luca Solari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli  
85Fernando Cardozo (Uru) Uruguay  
86Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
87Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
88Yennier Lopez (Cub) Cuba  
89Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
90Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche  
91Flavio Cardoso (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
92Marco Bandiera (Ita) Katusha  
93Nicholas Frey (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home  
94Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
95Victor H. Peña (Col) Colombia  
96Fabricio Morandi (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
97Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
98Demis Aleman (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home  
99Pedro Palma (Chi) Chile  
100Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile  
101Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
102David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
103Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
104Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Miche  
105Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile  
106Luis Sepulveda (Chi) Chile  
107Robert Bengsch (Ger) Germany  
108Arles Castro (Col) Colombia  
109Martin Garrido (Arg) Argentina  
110Pedro A. Nicasio (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
111Antoni Aldape (Mex) Mexico  
112Luis Carlos Amorin (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
113Magno Nazaret (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
114Andrey Sartasov (Rus) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
115Emanuel Guevera (Arg) Argentina  
116Crischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse  
117Vicente Muga (Chi) Chile0:02:35 
118Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD-Neri0:03:35 
119Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:12:18 
DNFCarlos M. Hernandez (Mex) Mexico  
DNFEdgar H. Treviño (Mex) Mexico  
DNFBreno Sidoti (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba  
DNFDuarte Gregory (Uru) Uruguay  
DNFAlvaro Tardaguila (Uru) Uruguay  
DNFPablo Pintos (Uru) Uruguay  
DNFJuan Est. Arango (Col) Colombia  
DNFSebastian Lazo (Chi) Chile  
Sprint 1 - El Durazno, 23.5km
1Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina3pts
2Pablo Seisdedos (Chi) Chile2 
3Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile1 
Sprint 2 - El Durazno, 72.5km
1Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3pts
2Matias Medici (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos2 
3Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Miche1 
Mountain 1 - Los Puquitos (Cat. 3) 115.1km
1Santiago Botero (Col) Colombia3pts
2Michael Rasmussen (Den) Miche2 
3Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur1 
7Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
11Jamis-Sutter Home  
Final general classification
1Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo25:44:47 
2Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli0:00:28 
3Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji0:01:19 
4Ignacio Pereyra (Arg) Argentina0:01:37 
5Santiago Botero (Col) Colombia0:02:15 
6Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli  
7Jorge Giacinti (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos  
8Michael Rasmussen (Den) Miche0:02:16 
9Arnols Alcolea (Cub) Cuba0:02:37 
10Carlos Ochoa (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli0:03:45 
11Jose A. De Segovia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia0:04:18 
12Luis Mate (Spa) Androni-Giocattoli0:04:23 
13Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha0:04:47 
14Raul Granjel (Cub) Cuba0:04:53 
15Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo0:05:22 
16Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:05:46 
17Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Katusha0:06:02 
18Pedro A. Nicasio (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:06:51 
19Gerardo Fernandez (Arg) Argentina0:06:54 
20Moritz Milatz (Ger) Germany0:06:56 
21Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia0:07:32 
22Yosue Moyano (Arg) Argentina0:07:46 
23José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:08:00 
24Emanuel Guevera (Arg) Argentina0:09:05 
25Jesus Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:09:14 
26Matias Medici (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:09:57 
27Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile0:10:23 
28Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Miche0:10:33 
29Mariano De Fino (Uru) Uruguay0:10:44 
30Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:10:48 
31Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home0:11:19 
32Alfredo Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:11:25 
33Magno Nazaret (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:11:59 
34Daniel Diaz (Arg) Argentina0:12:41 
35Yennier Lopez (Cub) Cuba0:13:13 
36Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:13:43 
37Gustavo Rodriguez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia0:14:28 
38Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche0:14:42 
39Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:15:56 
40Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile0:15:58 
41Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha0:16:02 
42Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD-Neri0:16:24 
43Philipp Mamos (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:16:54 
44Weimar Roldan (Col) Colombia0:17:15 
45David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji0:17:23 
46Alessandro Colo (Ita) ISD-Neri0:17:30 
47Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Footon-Servetto-Fuji0:17:56 
48Yasmani Martinez (Cub) Cuba0:18:29 
49Luis Sepulveda (Chi) Chile0:18:59 
50Jose Rodrigues (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:19:00 
51Jairo Perez (Col) Colombia0:19:05 
52Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD-Neri0:19:16 
53Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia0:20:44 
54Edgardo Simon (Arg) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:21:31 
55Arles Castro (Col) Colombia0:21:32 
56Ignacio Maldonado (Uru) Uruguay0:21:42 
57Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:21:52 
58Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home0:22:22 
59Marco Bandiera (Ita) Katusha0:22:29 
60Stefan Schafer (Ger) Germany0:22:43 
61Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji0:22:54 
62Jorge Martin Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur0:23:43 
63Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home0:23:57 
64Pierpaolo De Negri (Ita) ISD-Neri0:24:01 
65Guido Palma (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home0:24:02 
66Pedro Palma (Chi) Chile0:24:18 
67Carlos Ospina (Col) Colombia0:24:24 
68Martin Garrido (Arg) Argentina0:24:35 
69Roberto Pinheiro (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:25:09 
70Carlos Alzate (Col) Colombia0:25:25 
71Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD-Neri0:25:50 
72Ramiro Cabrera (Uru) Uruguay0:26:05 
73Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji0:26:27 
74Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:26:40 
75Maximiliano Bade (Arg) Argentina0:26:48 
76Flavio Cardoso (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba0:27:05 
77Kim Lachmann (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:27:30 
78Ariel Lucero (Arg) Argentina0:27:38 
79Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina0:28:34 
80Pascale Muto (Ita) Miche0:29:59 
81Gonzalo Miranda (Chi) Chile0:30:16 
82Cesar S. Vaquera (Mex) Mexico0:30:19 
83Alberto Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia0:30:28 
84Crischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:31:19 
85Juan P. Suarez (Col) Colombia0:31:21 
86Emanuel Vona (Ita) ISD-Neri0:32:18 
87Henning Bommel (Ger) Germany0:32:21 
88Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba0:32:32 
89Demis Aleman (Arg) Jamis-Sutter Home0:33:09 
90Francisco Pacheco (Spa) Xacobeo-Galicia0:34:25 
91Fabricio Morandi (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:34:36 
92Victor H. Peña (Col) Colombia0:36:25 
93Andrey Sartasov (Rus) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:36:41 
94Francisco Ramon Chamorro (Arg) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:36:46 
95Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile0:36:57 
96Vicente Muga (Chi) Chile0:37:06 
97Vidal Celis (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji0:37:30 
98Armando Camargo (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:37:44 
99Luca Solari (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli0:38:31 
100Luciano A. Pagliarini (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:39:22 
101Alberto Loddo (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli0:39:24 
102Pablo Seisdedos (Chi) Chile0:40:08 
103Ricardo Guedes (Uru) Uruguay0:40:21 
104Luis Carlos Amorin (Bra) Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:40:23 
105Nicholas Frey (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home0:40:25 
106Freddy Buergos (Cub) Cuba0:41:30 
107Robert Bengsch (Ger) Germany0:41:38 
108Fernando Cardozo (Uru) Uruguay0:42:38 
109Marcel Kalz (Ger) Germany0:42:49 
110Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:43:02 
111Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Miche0:43:24 
112Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Katusha0:43:57 
113Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo0:44:09 
114Dirk Muller (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse0:44:25 
115Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:46:58 
116Simone Campagnaro (Ita) Miche0:47:07 
117Antoni Aldape (Mex) Mexico0:47:09 
118Frank Travieso (Cub) Jamis-Sutter Home0:51:10 
119Sebastian Forke (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse1:08:07 
Sprint classification
1Walter Perez (Arg) Argentina9pts
2Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile7 
3Gonzalo Garrido (Chi) Chile6 
4Emanuel Guevera (Arg) Argentina5 
5Alien Garcia (Cub) Cuba5 
6Flavio Cardoso (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba4 
7Arnols Alcolea (Cub) Cuba3 
8Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
9Robert Bengsch (Ger) Germany3 
10Andrew Guptill (USA) Jamis-Sutter Home3 
11Pedro Palma (Chi) Chile3 
Mountains classification
1Rafael Valls (Spa) Footon-Servetto-Fuji26pts
2Jose Serpa (Col) Androni-Giocattoli18 
3Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo16 
4Luis Mate (Spa) Androni-Giocattoli14 
5Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni-Giocattoli12 
6Philipp Mamos (Ger) Nutrixxion-Sparkasse10 
7Arnols Alcolea (Cub) Cuba10 
8Flavio Cardoso (Bra) Funvic-Pindamonhangaba8 
9Jairo Perez (Col) Colombia7 
10Jorge Martin Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
11Yasmani Martinez (Cub) Cuba6 
Young rider classification
1Yosue Moyano (Arg) Argentina  
2Emanuel Guevera (Arg) Argentina  
3Daniel Diaz (Arg) Argentina  
4Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia  
5Ignacio Maldonado (Uru) Uruguay  
6Pedro Palma (Chi) Chile  
7Ramiro Cabrera (Uru) Uruguay  
8Cesar S. Vaquera (Mex) Mexico  
9Pablo Seisdedos (Chi) Chile  
10Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
Teams classification
8Scott - Marcondes Cesar Sao Jose Dos Campos0:18:26 
16Jamis-Sutter Home0:48:02 


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