The 27 year-old American rider, Phillip Gaimon, soloed to victory in the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de San Luis in Argentina today. Emiliano Contreras finished in second place at 12 seconds back, while Marc De Maar rounded out the podium in third at 1:17 behind.
Gaimon was part of a five-man breakaway group containing Leandro Messineo, Emiliano Contreras, Julian Gaday and Marc De Maar who managed to escape early on in today’s 164 kilometer stage from San Luis to Villa Mercedes – at one point creating a gap as much as 11 minutes over the main peloton.
After securing the points jersey, Goday was content with allowing the group to ride clear, while De Maar and Messineo were both eliminated by crashes in the later part of the stage.
In turn, Gaimon subsequently rode away from Contreras – claiming not only the stage win, but the mountains jersey as well.
Earlier in the race, the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team took charge of keeping the breakaway group in sight. However, with no rider able to consolidate the gap, the team decided to give up the pursuit at the 70 kilometer mark.
Sacha Modolo brought the rest of the main field in at 4:35 back.
Top 25 Finishers
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