The 154.7 kilometer long seventh and final stage of Tour de San Luis was launched in San Luis and had a slight uphill finish in Juana Koslay where the finale looked like a sprinter showdown.
However, a breakaway including Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Jesus Hernandez broke clear of the field and worked up a lead that started to crumble as the sprinter teams moved up to the front of the field and picked up the pace of the chase. With 25 kilometers to go, the pack was complete.
On the final kilometers, Omega-Pharma Quick Step took over the pace and Mark Cavendish was in a perfect position for the bunch sprint but on the finish line, Mattia Gavazzi (Androni) was the fastest of all and he took the win on this final stage of the Argentinean stage race.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s French sports director, Philippe Mauduit was happy about the team effort and results of the race:
“The team did an excellent job. As we said before – we’re not here to take it all but the boys showed great determination and demonstrated a will to show the colors both in front of the field and in the breakaways with Alberto and today, Jesus. With Alberto’s stage win yesterday we even got more than important race kilometers over here so I’m happy about the effort,” said Mauduit.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador finished fourth overall while Daniel Diaz (SLS) took the overall win of the race.