For the second year, Argentinean JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) took the honors in the final stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina by easily winning the bunch sprint. Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni) was second and Luis Mansilla (Chile), third.
The 28-year old Alfredo Lucero (Argentina-A) safely crossed the line with the bunch to win the overall classification in front of a appreciative crowd of more than 30 thousand. His teammate, 2007 winner Jorge Giacinti was second and José Serpa (Diquigiovanni) was third.
Great showing for the North American team Colavita/Sutter Home as they leave Argentina with two stage wins delivered by Lucas Sebastian Haedo and Luis Amaran in the second and sixth stage respectively. The same Haedo, who also finished second in stage 1, won the overall sprint competition and Amaran finished in sixth place overall.
For the Bissell team, Tom Zirbel finished second in the time trial before being felled by food poisoning and Ben Jacques-Maynes‘ eighth place makes him the highest placed North American in the general classification.
Liquigas’ Ivan Basso was also present to get some training in before the Tour of California and finished in fifth place overall which he is happy with and this “his form is better that thought”.
Lucero and his team controlled all the attacks in stage 7, letting a group of 5 riders escape that included Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) as the highest placed rider on GC at 3’55″ down. The peloton let the quintet get a maximum of a bit over three minutes before reeling them in. Again, in the final 30 kilometers of the 104-mile (167.1 km), a group escaped but was caught by a charging field massing for the bunch sprint.
Lucero grabbed the blue jersey of the leader after Stage 3, the ITT and with the help of his teams, yes plural as the Argentina-B and U23 Argentina squads also helped, managed to defend until the end.
“I want to dedicate this to my family and the people of San Luis that supported throughout all these days. It is something incredible and that I dreamt about. The riders on the team worked very hard so I could win and that is something that I will never forget.” said Lucero.