Ferrari takes first stage in Argentina

Tue, 18 Jan 16:10:00 2011

Roberto Ferrari opened his season with victory on the opening stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.

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The Italian won the 166km stage from San Luis to Justo Diract for his new Androni Giocattoli team, holding off the challenge of Brazilian Maximiliano Richeze and Jacobo Guarneri.

In a closely-fought sprint, Ferrari went wheel-to-wheel with Richeze, eventually overcoming him to sneak by half a bike length.

"It's a great pleasure for me and the team," Ferrari said afterwards. "It was a great race just as we been expecting.

"I came to this race to win a stage and it has happened for me."

Ferrari also takes the overall lead, earning a 10-second bonus for taking the stage win.

The second stage of the Tour features three climbs, including one to the finish.


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