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Taylor Phinney (left) leads several of his teammates through a corner during the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Taylor Phinney (left) leads several of his teammates through a corner during the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tour de San Luis, Stage 1: Breakaway Stays Away

20. January 2014

The BMC Racing Team finished all six of its riders in the peloton that crossed the finish line more than four minutes after Phillip Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp) soloed to victory on Monday's opening stage of the Tour de San Luis.

The Stage:
A 164-kilometer road race from San Luis to Villa Mercedes.

The Day's Breakaway:
Five riders – Emiliano Contreras (Argentina National Team), Lucas Gaday (Buenos Aires Provincia), Phillip Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp), Marc De Maar (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) and Leandro Messineo (San Luis Somos Todos) – escaped early in the stage and gained more than a 10-minute advantage.

The Winning Move:
After Messineo and De Maar crashed about 10 kilometers from the finish, Gaimon soloed away from Contreras  to win 12 by seconds. De Maar finished alone in third. Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) won the field sprint, 4:35 later.

Best for the BMC Racing Team:
Taylor Phinney finished 14th (seventh in the field sprint), 4:35 behind the winner.

The Overall Situation:
With six stages remaining, Gaimon leads Contreras by 12 seconds.

What Taylor Phinney Had To Say:
"I feel pretty good. I'm happy I recovered well from sickness. It was really hot today but I didn't have any troubles. It was a pretty easy stage. Kind of a strange stage. But it was the first race of the year for a lot of guys and with six-man teams, so a little bit different tactics than normal."

What Sport Director Jackson Stewart Said:
"Today was not so good for us, but not horrible either. Our plan was to lay low. We had two guys (Dominik Nerz and Phinney) recovering from sickness. We didn't know if Phinney wanted to sprint and really these sprints aren't the best for him. He was just going to feel it out. We didn't expect the other teams to let this break go and get so much time and now for the GC to be four-and-a-half minutes away was unexpected. But still not out of reach."

Listen to complete comments from Phinney and Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

View photos from the race on our Flickr gallery.