Tour de San Luis
Stage 1: San Luis – Villa Mercedes - Stage Details

Phil Gaimon (Garmin Sharp) won the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis from an early breakaway of five riders that formed shortly after the peloton was given the official start. Gaimon outfoxed Argentinean Emiliano Contreras (Selection Argentina) to the line in Villa Mercedes to take his first win for his new team.

Crossing the line 3’52 after Gaimon, Christian Meier was the top finish for ORICA-GreenEDGE in seventh place. The Canadian, who makes no secret of his propensity to spend time up the road and away from the bunch, was part of a three rider chase group that formed when it became clear the breakaway riders would likely contest the stage amongst themselves.

"QuickStep took charge of the chase, but they only put one guy up. After one hour, they said: 'If nobody is helping us, we’re not riding.' Nobody helped, so they stopped riding. That’s when it got to be a really strange situation. Nobody wanted to ride anymore. I think it was that moment when Christian and two other riders jumped away from the bunch. In the end, they got close to the first group, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap." - Jens Keukeleire

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Phillip Gaimon (USA) - Garmin Sharp 4:06:54
2 Emiliano J. Contreras (Arg) - Argentina 0:00:12
3 Marc De Maar (AHo) - Team Unitedhealthcare 0:01:17
4 Leandro Messineo (Arg) - San Luis Somos Todos 0:01:26
5 Cristian Da Rosa (Bra) - Clube Dataro de Ciclismo-Bottecchia 0:03:52
6 Adrian Alvarado (Chi) - Chile ST
7 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
8 Sacha Modolo (Ita) - Lampre-Merida 0:04:35
9 Kenny De Haes (Bel) - Lotto Belisol
10 Manuel Belletti (Ita) - Androni Giocattoli
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
7 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
17 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:35
61 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
90 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
116 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
142 Pieter Weening (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:29