While not known as a climber, Lucas Sebastian Haedo of the Colavita-Sutter Home didn’t let the hilly 108 mile (174.4 km) course and the final 3-mile (4.8km) climb to the top of Mirador del Potrero stop him from winning Stage 2 at the Tour de San Luis. He survived a long break to easily win the 2-man sprint to the line ahead of Nazareth Prado (Brazil). Alfredo Lucero (Argentina A) was third at three seconds back.
“I did not expect to win the stage,” said Haedo of his breakaway effort. But when the time gap opened up with just 40 kilometers left to ride, he believed he had a chance. “For tomorrow, we will wait and see. I am not a great time trialist,” he explained. “I will do the impossible to maintain the jersey of race leader,” he promised.
Today, it was Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) turn to try his luck in an early break, but it wasn’t to be as his small group of escapees established a gap of under two minutes before being gobbled up by the peloton.
The decisive break was launched after 30 miles (49 kilometers) of racing and the gap grew to over 12 minutes before the field woke up and slowly brought it down to a manageable time. The trio strarted the final 3-mile (4.8km) climb with an average gradient of 6.7% to the top of Mirador del Potrero with the accelerating field at less than three minutes behind them. At about 300 meters to go, Haedo launched his attack to take the win. The Diquigiovanni duo Carlos Ochoa and José Serpa led the main field across the finish just over 2 minutes down.
Haedo not only became the new leader but took over the leaderboard for the mountain and sprint classification. Bissell’s Ben Jacques-Maynes is in second place with a 1 point gap to the leader.
Tomorrow is the flat 12-mile (19,8 km) individual time trial with 5 turns including two at 180 degrees held around the Jose Santos Ortiz velodrome. Last year’s winner Jorge Giacinti (Argentina A) sits at 2’46 from the overall lead. Other time trialists to watch include Ivan Basso (Liquigas) at 3’01 and Tom Zirbel (Bissell) at 3’34.
There were some interesting team changes just prior to the start that have come to light. Due to issues with their UCI Continental license, both the Tecos-Trek and Scott teams had to readjust their roster and re-list their teams as National teams. Tecos-Trek is now the Mexican National Team which forced John Fredy Parra to the Colombian team. With a change to the Brazilian National Team, the Scott team lost three Argentinean riders, as last year’s winner Giacinti moved to the Argentina-A team and Edgardo Simón and Matías Medici had to sit out the race.
Stage 2 Results
1. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home) 4:14:57
2. Nazaret Prado (Brasil)
3. Alfredo Lucero (Argentina B) 0:03
4. Carlos Ochoa (Diquigiovanni) 2:13
5. José Serpa (Diquigiovanni) 2:16
1. Lucas Haedo (Colavita) 18.17:36
2. Alfredo Lucero (Argentina A) 0:16
3. Carlos Ochoa (Diquigiovanni) 2:33
4. José Serpa (Diquigiovanni)2:36
5. Jorge Giacinti (Argentina A) 2:46
14. Tyler Wren (Colavita-Sutter Home) 3:01
19. Luis Amaran (Colavita-Sutter Home) 3:31
21. Tom Zirbel (Bissell) 3:34
22. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) 3:35