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Tour de San Luis: Sagan, Nibali and Quintana lead training - Gallery

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Peter Sagan spends time with his friends in Argentina

Peter Sagan spends time with his friends in Argentina
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The Androni Giocattoli team

The Androni Giocattoli team
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
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Rafal Majka and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

Rafal Majka and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
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Tour de San Luis race organiser Giovanni Lombardi

Tour de San Luis race organiser Giovanni Lombardi
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The Astana team arrive in San Luis with real ambitions

The Astana team arrive in San Luis with real ambitions
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Peter Sagan before his training ride in San Luis

Peter Sagan before his training ride in San Luis
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The Astana team head out for a training ride on Saturday

The Astana team head out for a training ride on Saturday
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Rodrigo Contreras (Etixx - Quick Step)

Rodrigo Contreras (Etixx - Quick Step)
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 Fabio Sabatini (Etixx - Quick Step)

Fabio Sabatini (Etixx - Quick Step)
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Fernando Gaviria (Etixx - Quick Step) on the right

Fernando Gaviria (Etixx - Quick Step) on the right
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The Astana mechanics get to work

The Astana mechanics get to work
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Lampre Merida gather before their training ride

Lampre Merida gather before their training ride
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Riccardo Minali (Italian national team)

Riccardo Minali (Italian national team)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) before his training ride

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) before his training ride
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Michele Scarponi helps Vincenzo Nibali get dressed

Michele Scarponi helps Vincenzo Nibali get dressed
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The Astana team gather before training

The Astana team gather before training
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Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)
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Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre - Merida)

Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre - Merida)
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World champion Peter Sagan

World champion Peter Sagan
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The Astana team out training ahead of the Tour de San Luis

The Astana team out training ahead of the Tour de San Luis
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Filippo Pozzato

Filippo Pozzato
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Matej Mohoric (Lampre - Merida) will make his debut for the Italian team

Matej Mohoric (Lampre - Merida) will make his debut for the Italian team
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The Astana team prepare for training

The Astana team prepare for training
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Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R - La Mondiale)

Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R - La Mondiale)
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
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Movistar will work for Nairo Quintana in San Luis

Movistar will work for Nairo Quintana in San Luis
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
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The Astana team arrive in San Luis

The Astana team arrive in San Luis
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Peter Sagan and Nairo Quintana

Peter Sagan and Nairo Quintana
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Michele Scarponi (Astana)

Michele Scarponi (Astana)
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The Tour de San Luis starts on Monday with a time trial in El Durazno but with the riders having arrived just before the weekend there has been plenty of time for the peloton to train in the idyllic warm-weather that the region has to offer.

While the Tour Down Under is predominantly dominated with sprint stages, the seven-day Argentinean race contains a volley of mountain stages. With that, and the fact that the media pressure is far less in South America due to the lack of WorldTour points on offer, it’s little wonder that so many major stage-racing stars plum for San Luis as their season openers.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) once again lead the line in Argentina. All three have different goals heading into the race with Quintana aiming for the Tour, Nibali the Giro d’Italia and Sagan the Classics. All three, however, are likely to race the Olympic Games road race.

Until then, San Luis is the main focus, with all three riders and their teams enjoying an easy training session around the beautiful region in central Argentina.