Tour de San Luis: Etixx-Quickstep wins opening team time trial

Richeze in the race lead

Etixx-QuickStep threw down the gauntlet on the Tour de San Luis on Monday, winning the opening team time trial by eight seconds over the Movistar team of Nairo Quintana. The team was led across the line by Argentinean Max Richeze, who will don the first leader's jersey of the 2016 edition.

Astana were the third fastest, 17 seconds behind the Belgian team.

UnitedHealthcare led the way from the early starters, with Colombian Carlos Alzate leading the team across the line with a solid 24:47. The time was strong enough to fend off the first WorldTour team across the line, AG2R La Mondiale, who fell two seconds shy of unseating the North American squad.

The Italian Lampre-Merida team had an even harder time matching the leaders, coming in 21 seconds behind UnitedHealthcare's mark.

Tinkoff Team set a new fast time at the intermediate check, going fractions of a second quicker than AG2R, but were better able to hold the pace, and crushed UHC's time - setting a new fast mark of 24:16.

Meanwhile, out on course, Etixx-QuickStep were going even faster, coming 12 seconds quicker at the intermediate check. The former world champions in the discipline kept up their furiuos pace, and blasted across the line as the first team to crack the 24-minute mark with a 23:53.

Four teams stood a chance at breaking that mark, with Movistar the last off the ramp.

The continental team Holowesko-Citadel slotted into the top ten, not threatening Etixx-QuickStep, but behind them, Astana trailed by a single second behind Etixx at the intermediate check.

However, by the time Vincenzo Nibali pulled them across the line, they had ceded 17 seconds to the Belgian team.

Cannondale left Rigoberto Uran with a lot of work to do in the coming stages, giving up almost a minute on the stage leaders.

Movistar, the last team through with favourite Quintana, limited their losses to just eight seconds, coming second on the stage ahead of Astana.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Etixx - Quick-Step0:23:53 
2Movistar Team0:00:08 
4Tinkoff Team0:00:24 
5UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:54 
6AG2R La Mondiale0:00:56 
7Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:58 
8Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:59 
10Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:00 
12Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:08 
13SEP San Juan0:01:13 
14Costa Rica0:01:15 
18San Luis Team0:01:23 
20Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:30 
26Los Matanceros0:02:33 
27Inteja - MMR0:03:10 

General Classification after stage 1

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step0:23:53 
2Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step  
3Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
4Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
5Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step  
6Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:08 
7Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
8Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
9Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
10Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:17 
12Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
13Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
14Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
15Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:22 
16Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team0:00:23 
17Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
18Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
19Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
20Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
21Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:39 
22Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:54 
23Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
24Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
25Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
26Matthew Busche (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
27Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:56 
28Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:58 
33Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
34Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
35Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
36Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli0:00:59 
37Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
38Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
39Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
40Andrew Talansky (USA) CannondalePro Cycling  
41Phillip Gaimon (USA) CannondalePro Cycling  
42Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) CannondalePro Cycling  
43Lawson Craddock (USA) CannondalePro Cycling  
44Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
45Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
46Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:00 
47Timothy Roe (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
48Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
49Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
50Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko-Citadel0:01:04 
51John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko-Citadel  
52Robbie Squire (USA) Holowesko-Citadel  
53Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel  
54Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:07 
55Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
56Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
57Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
58Travis Mccabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel0:01:08 
59Gaston Emiliano Javier (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan0:01:13 
60Emiliano Ibarra (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
61Ignacio Perez (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
62Mauricio Muller (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
63Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
64Josué González (CRc) Costa Rica0:01:15 
65Juan Carlos Rojas Villegas (CRc) Costa Rica  
66Paul Betancourt (CRc) Costa Rica  
67Pablo Mudarra (CRc) Costa Rica  
68Roman Villalobos (CRc) Costa Rica  
69Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
70Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida  
71Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
72Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
73Gonzalo Joaquin Najar (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
74Oscar Eduardo Sanchez Guarin (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo0:01:20 
75Jaime Suaza Lopez (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo  
76Stiven Calderon Porras (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo  
77Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Strongman-Campagnolo  
78Jonathan Millan (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo  
79Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda (Ecu) Strongman-Campagnolo  
80Eric Marcotte (USA) Jamis0:01:22 
81Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis  
82Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis  
83Brayan Stiven Sanchez Vergara (Col) Jamis  
84Kyle Murphy (USA) Jamis  
85Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) San Luis Team0:01:23 
86Sergio Daniel Godoy (Arg) San Luis Team  
87Alfredo Orlando Lucero (Arg) San Luis Team  
88Enzo Moyano (Arg) San Luis Team  
89Edoardo Affini (Ita) Italy0:01:25 
90Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy  
91Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy  
92Edward Ravasi (Ita) Italy  
93Emmanuel Domingo Guevara Arguello (Arg) San Luis Team  
94Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:30 
95Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
96Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
97Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
98Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:32 
99Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Italy0:01:34 
100Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:38 
101Roderick Asconegui (Uru) Uruguay0:01:44 
102Richard Mascaranas (Uru) Uruguay  
103Ramiro Cabrera Gonzalez (Uru) Uruguay  
104Jorge Bravo (Uru) Uruguay  
105Anderson Maldonado (Uru) Uruguay  
106Matias Pérez (Uru) Uruguay  
107Andres Giuliano Mini (Arg) San Luis Team  
108Juan Pablo Magallanes Aranda (Mex) Mexico0:01:49 
109Flavio De Luna (Mex) Mexico  
110Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Mexico  
111Frayre Moctezuma Eder (Mex) Mexico  
112Miguel Luis Álvarez (Mex) Mexico  
113Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
114Cesar Rojas Villegas (CRc) Costa Rica0:01:55 
115Juan Ignacio Curuchet (Arg) Argentina0:01:57 
116Rubén Ramos (Arg) Argentina  
117Nicolas Navaro (Arg) Argentina  
118Alejandro Antonio Duran (Arg) Argentina  
119German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Argentina  
120Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile0:02:00 
121Francisco Moreno Cornejo (Chi) Chile  
122Elias Tello Bolvaran (Chi) Chile  
123Luis Fernando Sepulveda (Chi) Chile  
124Matias Arriagada (Chi) Chile  
125Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:13 
126Felix Nodarse (Cub) Cuba0:02:15 
127Jan Carlos Arias Perez (Cub) Cuba  
128José Mogica (Cub) Cuba  
129Pedro Portuondo Torres (Cub) Cuba  
130Endrigo Da Rosa Pereira (Bra) Brazil0:02:20 
131Andre Eduardo Gohr (Bra) Brazil  
132Rodrigo Dos Santos Quirino (Bra) Brazil  
133Antonio Fernando Prestes Garnero (Bra) Brazil  
134Caio Godoy Ormenese (Bra) Brazil  
135Lucas Motta (Bra) Brazil  
136Julian Paulo Gaday Orozco (Arg) Los Matanceros0:02:33 
137Walter Gaston Trillini (Arg) Los Matanceros  
138Sebastian Jose Tolosa (Arg) Los Matanceros  
139Ariel Sivori (Arg) Los Matanceros  
140Rene Corella (Mex) Mexico0:02:38 
141Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:45 
142François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:59 
143Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis0:03:03 
144Nathan Brown (USA) CannondalePro Cycling0:03:05 
145Leandro Marcos Viqueiro (Cub) Cuba0:03:09 
146Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:03:10 
147Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
148Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
149Israel Nuno Arguelles (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
150Joel García (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
151Juan Jose Cueto Montero (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:03:13 
152Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:03:30 
153Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff team0:03:45 
154Davide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:03:47 
155Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel0:04:09 
156Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:04:25 
157Guido Emanuel Palma (Arg) Los Matanceros0:04:52 
158Lucas Gaday Orozco (Arg) Argentina0:04:56 
159Alex Howes (USA) CannondalePro Cycling0:05:05 
160Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:09 
161Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Chile0:05:16 
162Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:05:35 
163Yasmany Viamonte (Cub) Cuba0:06:17 
164Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Italy0:06:30 
165Emiliano Contreras (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan0:06:47 
166Jason Lowndes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:07:03 

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