The 171.4 kilometer long stage of the Argentinean stage race, Tour de San Luis was launched in Tilisarao and ended up in Terrazas del Portezuelo. A single categorized climb was the only obstacle along the way and another bunch sprint was therefore highly expected.
However, four riders managed to break clear of the peloton to create the break of the day but the Omega-Pharma Quick Step squad had the situation under control and didn’t wait for other teams to help them chase. With 4 kilometers to go, the quartet was back in the field and the stage looked like a copy of yesterday’s finale but on the final meters, Sacha Modolo (Bardiani) rocketed away and took the stage win half a bike length ahead of yesterday’s winner, Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma Quick Step).
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador made sure to stay clear of the sprinters in the finale and crossed the finish line safely. Tomorrow, there’ll be two major climbs on the menu and the stage will be decided on a short but steep uphill finish.