Tour de San Luis (2.2), Argentina – Stage 2

Rated as one of the best sprinters in the world, Maximiliano Richeze took revenge on yesterday’s stage from La Toma to Merlo over 168.7kms with a clear cut win. Richeze makes a quantum leap in the standings to second overall behind race leader Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort-Tavira). In a stage dominated by Argentinean riders, Garrido took second ahead of Anibal Borrajo (Colavita) who also sits third overall.

Best of the An Post team was Paidi O’Brien finishing in 30th place of the 198 starters.

“It was revenge for me after yesterday’s stage,” Richeze told the local paper “We had planned in the team to win one stage and we’ve done it. On the other hand, I have no chance of taking the general classification. The time trial today is very long and also the last stage is not very suitable for me. To win here is very satisfying for me as well as riding in my home country.”

The time trialists have another chance today when the competition returns to the streets of San Luis city for the second TT. At 19.8 kilometres, this test is much longer than the first and should produce a considerable shake-up of the overall standings.

Stage Two/San Luis Tour (Argentina)

La Toma - Merlo, 168.7km

Details:

1 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Argentina National Team 3.42.56 (45.404 km/h)
2 Martin Garrido (Arg) Palmeiras Resort-Tavira
3 Anibal Borrajo (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home
Irish Team Placings;
30 Paidi O'Brien (An Post), @11

40 Stephen Gallagher, same time;

58 Christian Muller, st;

65 Isaac Speirs, st;

78 Viktor Folkesson, st;

160 Mark Cassidy, @1.50.

General classification after stage 2

1 Garrido, 7.39.13;
2 Richeze, @4
3 Borrajo, @7
61 Folkesson, @48;
65 Speirs,@50;
68 Muller, @53;
118 Gallagher, @4.28;
130 O'Brien (Irl) An Post Kelly 5.35
160 Mark Cassidy, @7.06.

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