Movistar Team gets off squads' leadership after Mirador del Sol finish, will still search for victory as well as stages in the race's closing weekend
American Levi Leipheimer (OPQ) keeps the overall lead in the 6th Tour de San Luis after stage five of the event, the second and final mountain-top finish of the race over 160k from La Toma to the Cat. 1 Mirador del Sol. Leipheimer contained the loss and conserved the orange jersey after keeping the wheel of local Dani Díaz (SLS) and Alberto Contador (SAX), who claimed his second triumph on Argentinian soil. The race was broken into the hard last ascent, with Movistar Team’s Giovanni Visconti coming home in 13th place, just a handful of seconds before Costa Rican Andrey Amador, whose regularity throughout the week leaves him just three seconds behind the provisional top-ten.
Unfortunately, the third card by the telephone squad, David Arroyo, lost more time than expected and Movistar Team has been stripped the squads’ classification lead, with Androni now 52 seconds ahead. Two stages are still to be held with Movistar Team yet to score a success with their six versatile riders. The longest ride is scheduled for tomorrow as 201 kilometers are ridden from Luján to Quines, with the race’s hardest climb, El Amago 10.5km, 7.2% avg.) being tackled on the opening phase of the stage.