Tour de San Luis Queen Stage Lives Up to Billing

25 January 2015

Race: Tour de San Luis, Stage 6

Start/Finish: Archiras (Cordoba)/ Filo Sierras Comechingones, Argentina

Distance: 117.5-kilometers

Filo Sierras Comechingones, Argentina — Saturday’s Stage 6 served as the Tour de San Luis’ queen stage with three categorized climbs in the final 17 kilometers, including a summit finish. Inside those final kilometers, the riders climbed nearly 1,300 meters.

A six-man break escaped around 15 kilometers into the 117.5-km race and gained a gap of nearly five minutes. Even before they hit the final climbs, their gap had dwindled. Once they began ascending, the peloton swept them up. As the peloton climbed, it shattered and an elite nine-man front group formed. This group continued to attack one another as they climbed to Filo Sierras Comechingones with Kleber Ramos (Funvic-Sao Jose Dos Campos) fighting off all competitors and winning the stage solo. Daniel Diaz (Funvic-Sao Jose Dos Campos) held on to the overall race lead.

“Today’s stage was really hard because during the first 80-km there was a non-stop strong crosswind,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Nicolas Lefrançois said. “By far, today was the most difficult day of the race. The last climb was so hard, so steep and so long.”

Results: Kleber Ramos (Funvic-Sao Jose Dos Campos) took the win ahead of Rodolfo Andres Torres (Colombia National Team) and Daniel Diaz (Funvic-Sao Jose Dos Campos).

Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, finishes racing at the Tour de San Luis on Sunday. Stage 7 begins and ends in San Luis. At 122.4-km, the stage features one categorized climb and two intermediate sprints before what should be a sprint finish.

(Photo: ©Tim De Waele)

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"By far, today was the most difficult day of the race. The last climb was so hard, so steep and so long."

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