Mirador de El Potrero, Argentina — Stage 2 of the Tour de San Luis was a 170.6-kilometer race from La Punta with a summit finish on Mirador de El Potrero, a category one climb with an average gradient of 6.7 percent.
The day was cooler than stage 1, but the riders continuously fought against the strong winds. An early breakaway of five riders gained a lead up to four minutes before the final climb scattered the peloton into small groups. Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) outsprinted Peter Stetina (BMC Racing) to the line after the pair escaped early in the climb.
In a stage where riders lost up to 27 minutes, Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano finished 44th, 2:38 back. Lozano is the team’s best-placed rider overall, 6:54 behind defending race leader Phillip Gaimon (Garmin Sharp).
“I felt good out there climbing,” Lozano said. “The hardest thing for me was the climb. There was no wind, and the sun coming off the pavement was relentless.”
The world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team continues racing at the Tour de San Luis on Wednesday with a 175.8-km stage. It begins in Tilisarao and features one categorized climb and two intermediate sprints before a slight uphill finish into Juana Koslay that should feature a sprint finish.