Colavita/Sutter Home’s Luis Amaran soloed away to bring the second stage win for his team at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. It is the second win for the American team following Lucas Sebastian Haedo‘s victory on stage 2.
Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) and Manuel Belletti (Diquigiovanni) crossed the finish line 39 seconds later to round out the podium.
Leader Alfredo Lucero (Argentina A) came a further 9 seconds behind in a big group that included Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell), Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and second-place Jorge Giacinti (Argentina A). With the time gap and time bonuses, Amaran jumped up to sixth place on GC still led by Lucero and Jacques-Maynes dropped down one to the eighth spot.
A group of 11 riders waited after the initial circuits on the Potrero de los Funes racetrack to launch their escape but the peloton led by the Argentina teams never let them get more than 45 seconds advantage. The group included Andy Jacques-Maynes from Bissell, Aaron Olson and Davide Frattini both from Colavita/Sutter Home, Eric Baumann (Sparkasse) and Jason McCartney (Saxo Bank). But it was gruppo compacto again after 35 miles (56 kms) into the 75 mile (121 km) stage.
With 22 miles (35 km) to go, Amaran attacked the group and build up a time gap of 45 seconds to a chasing group and almost two minutes to the rest of the peloton. The gap held as the rider made his way into the finishing circuits on the same racetrack and claimed victory.
With one stage to go, Lucero should be able to keep the blue leader’s jersey with the help of the three Argentina teams: Argentina-A, Argentina-B and the U23 Argentina team. The final stage is a 104-mile (167.1 km) circuit in San Luis with three loops around a 30-mile (49-km) undulating circuit with a Cat 3 climb and finishes with a downhill sprint to the line.
Haedo increased his lead in the sprints classification to 6 points over B. Jacques-Maynes and Xavier Tondo (Andalucia-Cajasur) leads the mountain classification by 3 points over the same Haedo.
1. Luis Amaran (Colavita/Sutter Home) 2:45:33
2. Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) +0:39
3. Manuel Belletti (Diquigiovanni) st
1. Alfredo Lucero (Argentina A) 20:43:14
2. Jorge Giacinti (Argentina A) 01:05
3. José Serpa (Diquigiovanni) 01:31
4. Andrey Grivko (ISD) 02:22
5. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) 02:24
6 Luis Amaran (Colavita/Sutter Home) 02:25
8. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) 02:59
1. Xavier Tondo (Andalucía Cajasur) 17 points
2. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita/Sutter Home) 14
1. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Colavita/Sutter Home) 13 points
2. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) 7