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Tour de San Luis **Spoilers**

frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
edited January 2012 in Pro race
Tour de San Luis, whose seven stages cover 1051 kilometres from January 23 to 29, has attracted its strongest-ever field, headlined by five ProTour and seven Professional Continental squads. Also on the start list are six Continental squads plus national teams from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Parcours: 2 sprinter stages, 2 summit finishes, 1 TT and 2 for the breakaway specialists. Can't be beaten. Lovely scenery too.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-san-luis/preview

Startlist:
http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html ... d=MjMwNDQ=

Contador, Nibali, Nocentini, Boonen, Chavanel, Leipheimer, Visconti, Sella, Serpa, Pozzato, Rassmussen.

Really enjoyed this race last year. The South American riders are very aggressive.

viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=12753403&p=16723162&hilit=luis#p16723162

Note that the winner tested positive:

viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=12761977&p=16792683&hilit=luis#p16792683

Official site: http://www.tour-sanluis.com.ar/
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
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    Contador is the Greatest
  • http://movistarteam.com//upload/files/2 ... sl_014.jpg

    Like Visconti's kit, though not quite as cool as last years effort

    edit stupid picture, I'll try and resize it
  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    Photo finish,

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    Etapa 1: 1. Chichi(OPQ), 2. JJ Haedo (SAX), 3. M. Richeze (ARG), 4. Mansilla (CHI) 5. Casper (ALM), 7. Ventoux (MPG).
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Very nice shot over the valley.
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  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
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  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,772
    Nice to see Stefan Schumacher up there.




    Not
  • greeny12greeny12 Posts: 759
    Crikey! Rasmussen, Schumacher, Leipy, Sella.... think I'll give this one a wide berth.
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  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,346
    greeny12 wrote:
    Crikey! Rasmussen, Schumacher, Leipy, Sella Contador.... think I'll give this one a wide berth.

    ftfy :lol:
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Rain looks pretty crazy. Riders took shelter even.

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  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    Rain looks pretty crazy. Riders took shelter even.

    I believe it was one of the worst hailstorms that area has had in years..

    Quote below from velonation.com
    “Our Argentine therapist says that in the six years she has been involved in the Tour de San Luis, she never has experienced rain. And not hail, so it was totally unexpected that it would be so bad.”
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Any idea who won? I can't find much info apart from their twitter: twitter.com/TourSanLuis but don't understand
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  • archieboyarchieboy Posts: 903
    Apparentley,
    1 Chichi
    2 Boonen
  • calvjonescalvjones Posts: 3,850
    Tommeke cracking on with his 2nd places early this season then.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,577 Lives Here
    Anyone see the sprint?

    Was this by design, or was Boonen not good enough for first?
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    He wouldn't race his team mate, esp as is early season and Chichi is likely lead sprinter in this Tour.
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  • It was confused. there are some videos here http://www.cyclingfans.com/tour-de-san-luis/videos
    Their plan A was Boonen, but Chicchi (reasonably) thought Boonen had dropped off in the approach to the finish, so raced for himself. But Boonen worked his way back onto his wheel and eventually came alongside him. Then they both pretended not to race each other side by side, and both thought they had won. Chicchi took it on the photo.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,577 Lives Here
    It'd be good to see Boonen properly clear up at these training races.

    When he cleans up he tends to have a good classics season.

    (correlation, not cause, of course)
  • calvjonescalvjones Posts: 3,850
    It'd be good to see Boonen properly clear up at these training races.

    When he cleans up he tends to have a good classics season.

    (correlation, not cause, of course)

    He's going to have to start on a mountaintop finish then.

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    This year might be his last best chance - I can see Radio-LeeOpard not giving a toss/having bedding in issues and Garmin doing their usual tactical masterclass, so as long as Tom can keep Chav in line internally...

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  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    Contador Wins!! Photo Comming
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  • Doobz wrote:
    Contador Wins!! Photo Comming
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    Leipheimer riding in the shade again.
    Comming?
    Cue a Frenchie love spurt. (lightweight)
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  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    Doobz wrote:
    Contador Wins!! Photo Comming
    Leipheimer riding in the shade again.
    Comming?
    Cue a Frenchie love spurt. (lightweight)

    Decent result for Contador considering he is over his race (GT) weight

    Tour de San Luis - GC after stage 3:
    1. Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank)
    2. Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:04
    3. Stefan Schumacher (Christina Watches) 00:19
    4. Daniel Diaz (San Luis Somos Todos) 00:22
    5. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:36
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Brilliant stuff. The champion knows how to perform from the beginning of the season.

    Brilliant kit.

    "To tell the truth, I was better than I expected. I worked really hard; I accelerated until the finish. I was able to win by suffering and I'm very happy. It's a prize that I didn't expect."

    Levi - thought it was classic stuff....then see him here stringing them out:
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    Just noticed Guardini is riding. Hopefully he will show something.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,577 Lives Here
    SO tempting to draw conclusions about stuff from these races.


    Must. Resist. Must. Not. Take. As. Real. Racing. Only. Training.

    Gargh!
  • rich_pcprich_pcp Posts: 1,661
    Does anyone know if Argentinian beef has the same clenbuterol issues as Mexican meat is supposed to?
  • DoobzDoobz Posts: 2,800
    Video of some of the stage footage and finish and podium

    http://youtu.be/_pakO0pr4VA
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  • LeicesterLadLeicesterLad Posts: 3,908
    rich pcp wrote:
    Does anyone know if Argentinian beef has the same clenbuterol issues as Mexican meat is supposed to?

    Yawn...
  • cal_stewartcal_stewart Posts: 1,840
    just realised Christina Watches have the most evil line up since rock racing
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