1.24.2016

Tour de San Luis 6: Where Everybody Stand

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In my mail box I find the Tinkoff's press release and it says:
"A final 16 km climb with an average gradient of 7.8% and peaks at 12%, marked the stage from La Toma  to Filo Sierras Comechingones, a 159.5 km ride that put a strain on the riders that also had to battle against a nasty headwind."
It sounds exciting but this race is simply crap. The only reasons you watch it are: 1. you are procycling addicted 2. you want to see where everybody stand already 3. you can't sleep.
As far as point 2. results are enough. Vincenzo Nibali said he wanted to win it but we have seen very few of him. Alexis Vuillermoz said he wasn't feeling great and he's slowly improving. Rafal Majka is the only not American top rider in the GC top ten. And Nairo Quintana? on the podium here and probably also in the final GC he didn't seem sparkling to me, but I'm not a fan.


Rafal Majka:
"Today I don't think it was too bad, we are happy with our performance, and I have to thank my teammates because they did a great job by keeping me out of the wind throughout the day. Towards the end I lacked some energy, however it is normal since we are in January, so I'm happy with my form being early in the season. Now we'll see how things go in the next races. We hope that Peter Sagan tomorrow can ride a good stage, because the course is very suited to his characteristics".

Alexis Vuillermoz:

"Pour résumer la journée, j'étais un peu court pour suivre les premiers mais pas si loin non plus à l'arrivée. Bref 12ème au général et un grand merci encore une fois à l'équipe de m'avoir aidé tout au long de la journée. Demain dernière étape, en théorie réservée aux sprinters." [To sum up the day, I didn't have the legs to follw the leaders but not so far from them at the finish. In short 12th in the overall and a big thank again to my team that helped me all day long. Tomorrow last stage, on paper for sprinters."]

RESULTS
STAGE

1 Miguel A. Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 4:35:49
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:02
3 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:04
4 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida 0:00:23
5 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo Vital Concept
6 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:41
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:58  
8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
9 Roman Villalobos (CRc) Costa Rica 0:01:38
10 Janier Acevedo (Col) Team Jamis
11 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale 0:01:45
12 Ignacio Perez (Arg) S.E.P. San Juan 0:01:56
13 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale 0:01:57
14 Steven Calderon (Col) Strongman -Campagniolo
15 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:11
GC
1 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 20:15:21
2 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo Vital Concept 0:00:20
3 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:35  
4 Miguel A. Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:38
5 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida 0:01:42
6 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:15
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:31  
8 Roman Villalobos (CRc) Costa Rica 0:02:41
9 Janier Acevedo (Col) Team Jamis 0:02:44
10 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale 0:03:31
11 Jonathan Millan (Col) Strongman -Campagniolo 0:04:09
12 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:25  
13 Steven Calderon (Col) Strongman -Campagniolo 0:04:38
14 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale 0:04:50
15 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:05:13

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