Mattias Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni) won the bunch sprint ahead of brothers JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) and Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) to win the first stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.
Early attacks in the 105-mile (168.4 km) stage were nullified until Bissell’s Ben Jacques-Maynes went on a 87-mile (140 km) escape with Joshua Moyano (Argentina U23) and Jesús Rosendo (Andalucía Cajasur). Jacques-Maynes won the first KOM at the top of the Cat 3 climb La Cumbre and grabbed the KOM jersey for his efforts. Moyano claimed the sprinters jersey.
Fighting crosswinds, the trio which became a quintet dangled in front never gettng more than 4 minutes of the peloton and were reeled with less than 25 kilometers to go.
Like last year, a crash took down riders in the final 2 kilometer dash to the line including last year’s winner Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort). Liquigas Ivan Basso finished safely in the bunch.
Tomorrow is the first mountain-top finish, to the top to the top of Mirador del Potrero (1210 m).
update: Both Héctor González (Fuji-Servetto) and Angel Vicioso (Andalucía Cajasur) crashed and fractured their collarbones during stage 1.
Photo courtesy of Tour de San Luis