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Tour de San Luis (2.2) Roundup
 
By Andy McGrath
Date: 1/30/2007
Tour de San Luis (2.2) Roundup
 
The Tour de San Luis (2.2) kicked off on January 23, with ProTour squad Saunier Duval-Prodir the main attraction. They weren’t holding back either, bringing a star-studded team of six including Gilberto Simoni, Jose Angel Gomez Marchante and Riccardo Ricco to kickstart their year in South America. Moreover, Relax-Espana – with scandal-implicated Francisco Mancebo on his debuit – also brought a team to Argentina to start their season in what is otherwise a rather inconspicuous race on the cycling calendar.

The race started with a 3.7km prologue around San Luis, won by Fernando Antogna, one of Argentina’s best domestic riders, four seconds ahead of countryman Matias Medici and eight in front of Portuguese-based pro Martin Garrido (Duja-Tavira). Daniel Moreno was the best of the foreigners in fifth place, with teammate Mancebo in seventh.
The San Luis squad continued their winning streak for the next two stages, as Angel Dario Colla won a bunch sprint ahead of Italian national and track rider Fabio Masotti and Garrido. In the third stage, it was that man Antogna who triumphed again, getting into a break of eleven, which included Mancebo and Tenax rider Giaro Ermeti, and outgunning them at the finish to extend his overall lead. However, with a 12km mountain time-trial the next day, he was to fall out of the top spot.

Jorge Giacinti (Lider Presto Chile) won the tough test against the clock to leapfrog Antogna into first place, though the latter still managed eighth, fifty-nine seconds in arrears. Gabriel Brizuela and Matias Medici ensured another Argentinean 1-2-3, but in fourth was Francisco Mancebo, moving into third overall. Xavier Tondo (Relax) and Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval-Prodir) also made the top fifteen, while Simoni and Gomez were comfortably in the higher reaches of the results.

In the fourth and penultimate stage, Saunier Duval-Prodir came to life and took their first win of 2007 and their first podium of the race, as Italian hotshot Riccardo Ricco found the uphill finish perfect to his style of riding, beating Juan Pablo Magallanes and the unfortunate Garrido. Safely enconsced in the peloton, all Giacinti had to do was keep on the coattails of Antogna and Mancebo on a mountainous final day to ensure overall victory on home soil, and he did exactly that. As Daniel Moreno took out the final stage for Relax (who also won the team classification) after bridging across to a breakaway, all the main contenders came in with the pack twenty-three seconds behind.

This is thirty-two year old Giacinti’s first major UCI win in Argentina, though he was national champion back in 1997 and 1999. Meanwhile, Francisco Mancebo showed impressive sharpness in his race back; he could be a man to look out for in the early season races, after comfortably finishing the best European rider in third place. Bulgarian Duja-Tavira man Krassimir Vassilev also impressed in fifth, with Ricco and Ermeti finishing ninth and tenth. Meanwhile, as would be expected for riders targeting the Grand Tours, Gilberto Simoni finished a solid fifty-first (inside the top half), while Jose Gomez Marchante was further towards the lower end of the overall results.

San Luis Prologue, 3.7km
1 Fernando Antogna San Luis "A" Argentina 0:04:10,21
2 91 Matias Medici Municipalidad 3 de Febrero 0:04:14,22
3 54 Martín Garrido Duja - Tavira Portugal 0:04:18,08
4 69 Jorge Giacinti Líder Presto Chile 0:04:19,14
5 24 Daniel Moreno Fernández Relax España 0:04:19,90
6 3 Walter Pérez San Luis "A" Argentina 0:04:23,16
7 19 Francisco Mancebo Pérez Relax España 0:04:23,17
8 2 Angel Darío Colla San Luis "A" Argentina 0:04:23,51
9 84 Diego Simeani Entre Ríos Telefónicos 0:04:24,19
10 71 Francisco Cabrera Líder Presto Chile 0:04:24,53

Stage 1: San Luis - Villa Mercedes, 170km
1 2 Angel Darío Colla San Luis "A" Argentina 3:43:29,00
2 118 Fabio Masotti Selección Italiana "B" 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
3 54 Martín Garrido Duja - Tavira Portugal 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
4 8 Manuele Mori Saumier Duval Italia 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
5 98 Facundo Bassi Pueblo de la Paz Rodados Nene 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
6 26 Cristiano Fumagalli Palorín Italia 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
7 30 Bernardo Riccio Palorín Italia 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
8 133 Alejandro Borrajo C de Sub Oficiales de la Policia Federal 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
9 97 Gaston Corsaro Pueblo de la Paz Rodados Nene 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00
10 86 Jorge Montenegro San Luis "B" Argentina 3:43:29,00 0:00:00,00

Stage 2: San Luis - Quines, 166km
1 1 Fernando Antogna San Luis "A" Argentina ARG19761221 03:55:19
2 85 Armando Borrajo San Luis "B" Argentina ARG19760502 03:55:19 0:00:00
3 84 Diego Simeani Entre RiosTelefonicos ARG19770918 03:55:19 00:00:00
4 32 Giairo Ermeti Selección Italiana "A" ITA19810407 03:55:19 00:00:00
5 40 Federico Pagani Seleccion Argentina Sub 23 ARG19850412 03:55:19 00:00:00
6 69 Jorge Giacinti Lider Presto Chile ARG19740621 03:55:19 00:00:00
7 71 Francisco Cabrera Lider Presto Chile CHI19790609 03:55:19 00:00:00
8 49 Krasimir Vasilev Duja - Tavira Portugal BUL19740406 03:55:19 00:00:00
9 134 Hugo Pratisoli Circulo de Sub Oficiales de la Policia Federal ARG19700227 03:55:19 00:00:00
10 19 Francisco Mancebo Pérez Relax España ESP19760309 03:55:19 00:00:00

Stage 3: La Punta-Mirador, 12.1km
1 69 Jorge Giacinti Lider Presto Chile ARG19740621 00:23:38
2 136 Gabriel Brizuela Circulo de Sub Oficiales de la Policia Federal ARG19790108 00:24:04
00:00:26
3 91 Matias Medici Municipalidad 3 de Febrero ARG19750629 00:24:14 00:00:36
4 19 Francisco Mancebo Pérez Relax España ESP19760309 00:24:19 00:00:41
5 68 Andrei Sartasov Lider Presto Chile RUS19751110 00:24:26 00:00:48
6 15 Xavier Tondo Volpini España Madre Patria ESP19781105 00:24:27 00:00:49
7 55 Gregorio Ladino Vega Tecos Trek Mexico COL19730118 00:24:29 00:00:51
8 1 Fernando Antogna San Luis "A" Argentina ARG19761221 00:24:37 00:00:59
9 57 Heberth Gutiérrez García Tecos Trek Mexico COL19730213 00:24:48 00:01:10
10 49 Krasimir Vasilev Duja - Tavira Portugal BUL19740406 00:24:49 00:01:11

Stage 4: La Toma - Merlo, 170km
1 9 Riccardo Ricco Saumier Duval Italia ITA19830901 03:39:14
2 59 Juan Pablo Magallanes Aranda Tecos Trek Mexico MEX19820206 03:39:14 00:00:00
3 54 Martín Garrido Duja - Tavira Portugal ARG19741105 03:39:14 00:00:00
4 97 Gaston Corsaro Pueblo de la Paz Rodados Nene ARG19740821 03:39:14 00:00:00
5 117 Angelo Ciccone Selección Italiana "B" ITA19800707 03:39:14 00:00:00
6 8 Manuele Mori Saumier Duval Italia ITA19800809 03:39:14 00:00:00
7 69 Jorge Giacinti Lider Presto Chile ARG19740621 03:39:14 00:00:00
8 19 Francisco Mancebo Pérez Relax España ESP19760309 03:39:14 00:00:00
9 24 Daniel Moreno Fernández Relax España ESP19810905 03:39:14 00:00:00
10 57 Heberth Gutiérrez García Tecos Trek Mexico COL19730213 03:39:14 00:00:00

Stage 5: San Luis - San Luis, 130km
1 24 Daniel Moreno Fernández Relax España ESP19810905 02:54:15
2 56 Fausto Marcelino Esparza Munioz Tecos Trek Mexico MEX19740602 02:54:15 00:00:00
3 84 Diego Simeani Entre RiosTelefonicos ARG19770918 02:54:15 00:00:00
4 49 Krasimir Vasilev Duja - Tavira Portugal BUL19740406 02:54:15 00:00:00
5 136 Gabriel Brizuela Circulo de Sub Oficiales de la Policia Federal ARG19790108 02:54:15 00:00:00
6 4 Juan Esteban Curuchet San Luis "A" Argentina ARG19650204 02:54:15 00:00:00
7 15 Xavier Tondo Volpini España Madre Patria ESP19781105 02:54:15 00:00:00
8 118 Fabio Masotti Selección Italiana "B" ITA19740603 02:54:38 00:23,0
9 33 Daniel Oss Selección Italiana "A" ITA19870113 02:54:38 00:23,0
10 116 Darío Benenati Selección Italiana "B" ITA19810706 02:54:38 00:23,0

Final General Classification
1 69 Jorge Giacinti Lider Presto Chile ARG19740621 14:40:37
2 1 Fernando Antogna San Luis "A" Argentina ARG19761221 14:41:14 00:00:37
3 19 Francisco Mancebo Pérez Relax España ESP19760309 14:41:32 00:00:55
4 136 Gabriel Brizuela Circulo de Sub Oficiales de la Policia Federal ARG19790108 14:41:45 00:01:08
5 49 Krasimir Vasilev Duja - Tavira Portugal BUL19740406 14:41:49 00:01:12
6 91 Matias Medici Municipalidad 3 de Febrero ARG19750629 14:42:02 00:01:25
7 40 Federico Pagani Seleccion Argentina Sub 23 ARG19850412 14:42:13 00:01:36
8 84 Diego Simeani Entre RiosTelefonicos ARG19770918 14:42:18 00:01:41
9 9 Riccardo Ricco Saumier Duval Italia ITA19830901 14:42:48 00:02:11
10 32 Giairo Ermeti Selección Italiana "A" ITA19810407 14:42:50 00:02:13
11 54 Martín Garrido Duja - Tavira Portugal ARG19741105 14:42:53 00:02:16
12 14 Juan Llaneras Rosello España Madre Patria ESP19690517 14:42:54 00:02:17
13 57 Heberth Gutiérrez García Tecos Trek Mexico COL19730213 14:43:00 00:02:23
14 56 Fausto Munioz Tecos Trek Mexico MEX19740602 14:43:00 00:02:23
15 4 Juan Esteban Curuchet San Luis "A" Argentina ARG19650204 14:43:01 00:02:24
16 86 Jorge Montenegro San Luis "B" Argentina ARG19830507 14:43:04 00:02:27
17 24 Daniel Moreno Fernández Relax España ESP19810905 14:43:09 00:02:32
18 53 Daniel Petrov Duja - Tavira Portugal BUL19821031 14:43:17 00:02:40
19 8 Manuele Mori Saumier Duval Italia ITA19800809 14:43:27 00:02:50
20 20 Jan Hruska Relax España CZE19750204 14:43:38 00:03:01

Mountains Classification
Alejandro Borrajo (Cir de Sub Ofi de la Pol Fed) 16 pts

Intermediate Sprints Classification
Mauro Richeze (Seleccion Argentina Sub 23) 7pts

U23 Classification
Federico Pagani (Seleccion Argentina Sub 23) 7th at 1'36"

Team Classification
Relax Espana 32h 07m 39s

 
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