1.27.2013

TSL: And a BANG! on the Ear

That's a song by The Waterboys and one of my favourites ever: I want to dedicate it to Alberto Contador who BANGED in San Luis according to his pistolero's nickname. Great win! and finally because the previous stages left me a little 'MHM?!' 
"Today's race was like a Tour de France stage!" Marc Cavendish said "So so fast! It was so hot, we took a bath in a fountain at the finish. No photos. I'm too fat." Everybody's fat down there but everybody's flying it seems. Anyway in Tour de France's stage is fair to see Alberto Contador attacking. 
Earlier there was a break including De Maar, Finetto, Malori, Weening and Rosa - a little dropped - then the race reached the final climb of the day, the Mirador del sol (7 km, 8,75% average) and there, 3 km to go, a big BANG! Contador solo! Diaz bridged! A thrilling duel at the last km. A thrilling sprint uphill. BANG BANG! Stage to Contador, jersey to Diaz. Well done both of them.
Contador said: “I'm especially happy on behalf of the team who has worked very hard for me – not only today but for several stages. To have these guys by my side is pure luxury. Actually, I wanted to win because every day at dinner, my teammates were joking and saying that they have been working for nothing and I've been telling them to just wait and see and today, I gave something back to them.” 
van Garderen didn't improve but worsened his position: now he's 33'' down... I think I lost my bet :P
RESULTS
STAGE
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:47:34  
2 Daniel Diaz (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos 0:00:02  
3 Alex Diniz (Bra) Funvic Brasilinvest    
4 Arnold Alcolea (Cub) Cuba 0:00:14  
5 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia    
6 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:18  
7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:25  
8 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:30  
9 Joao Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:34  
10 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:42  
11 Javier Acevedo (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman    
12 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
13 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:49  
14 Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Androni Giocattoli    
15 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:05  

GC
1 Daniel Diaz (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos 20:37:28  
2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:33  
3 Alex Diniz (Bra) Funvic Brasilinvest 0:00:39  
4 Alberto Contador (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:02  
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:47  
6 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:02:29  
7 Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:34  
8 Javier Acevedo (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman 0:03:00  
9 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:03:14  
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:17  
11 Arnold Alcolea (Cub) Cuba 0:03:25  
12 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:32  
13 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:04:08  
14 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:04:12  
15 Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:04:20  
POINTS
 1 Leandro Messineo (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos
MOUNTAIN
1 Emmanuel Guevara (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos
YOUTH
 1 Alejandro Sivori (Arg) Argentina
TEAM
1 BMC Racing Team

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