1.26.2015

Tour de San Luis: A Win by Mark Cavendish (and more)

Embedded image permalinkSo what? 
Mark Cavendish scores one win, exactly like Marcel Kittel. But no UCI point, unlike him. 
It's interesting to read his comment: it's still early, the first race of the year, no panic, Gaviria IS fast, he comes from the track and IS a serious opponent BUT Tour of San Luis is JUST TRAINING.
Indead. Poor coverage, poor organisation, complaints about intimidating behaviour by local riders and no sanctions by local officials... I don't get why some World Tour team - not ALL teams - go there. and every year I wonder why local riders beat World Tour riders on a regular basis. But none start a career in the World Tour.
Mark Cavendish explains: "You can't replicate this kind of preparation at any kind of a training camp." Ok. Do you come to GP Costa degli Etruschi too?

Mark Cavendish:
"The team was really motivated today after several close calls. I was 2nd in two sprints, and Michal Kwiatkowski was 2nd in the time trial. So we wanted to close Tour de San Luis with a win because we rode really well together as a team all week. We wanted to get something from it and we did. We worked hard at this race I'm thrilled to leave Argentina with a victory.
We rode a tactically smart race. When the break went, Michal Golas went with it. But eventually the teams who didn't have riders in the break chased it down. We didn't have to pull earlier because he was in the break, so we were all fresh for the final. With 4 kilometers to go Guillaume Van Keirsbulck took it up. Other teams came close, but then Lukasz Wisniowski took over the leadout. He took it into the last corner. Lampre-Merida took over from there, but then Michal Kwiatkowski went fast with just under a kilometer to go. Fabio Sabatini was the last guy and he led me out starting at 600 meters to go. At 300 meters to go I went. We knew we could go long, as we did recon of the finish prior to the race. It's slightly downhill. So with the long distance acceleration of a guy like Gaviria and that kind of a finish, it's important to anticipate his sprint and do the job before he does. We did that, and I'm super and happy and proud we could come away with a win here. It's important, not just for myself, but for the whole team, to get a good feeling started here. This is important race experience that we will use to build for our season. You can't replicate this kind of preparation at any kind of a training camp. You need to have other riders around you to really work on your leadout. Tour de San Luis in January is a perfect way to do that. A win is the best way to show you are building for the rest of your season."

RESULTS
Stage 1 - San Luis › Villa Mercedes GAVIRIA Fernando GC: GAVIRIA Fernando 186.8
Stage 2 - La Punta › Mirador de Potrero DIAZ Daniel  GC DIAZ Daniel 185.3
Stage 3 - Concarán › Juana Koslay GAVIRIA Fernando GC DIAZ Daniel 176.3
Stage 4 - Villa Dolores › Alto El Amago DIAZ Daniel GC DIAZ Daniel 142.5
Stage 5 (ITT) - San Luis › San Luis MALORI Adriano GC DIAZ Daniel 17.4
Stage 6 - Achiras › Filo Sierras Comechingones RAMOS Kleber GC DIAZ Daniel 117.5
Stage 7 - San Luis › San Luis CAVENDISH Mark 122.4
General Classification DIAZ Daniel
Mountains TORRES Rodolfo Andres
Youth CONTRERAS Rodrigo
Team Team Colombia

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