The sixth edition of the Tour de San Luis exceeded our expectations, despite the lack of a reliable video feed. The countryside looked magnificent and, with the exception of the first day, the weather was just what was ordered – wall-to-wall sunshine.
Despite the Tour de San Luis – the biggest stage race in Argentina, and the 2012 season opener for many big-name riders – it’s fair to say that cycling isn’t the biggest of sports in the huge country, despite lurking under the shadows of the Andes mountains. These peaks have borne great riders from Argentina’s neighbour Colombia, who can boast podium finishes and stage victories in the Tour de France. Argentina certainly can’t.
The 2012 UCI America Tour continues its march across South America with the sixth edition of the Tour de San Luis. The seven-stage race starts tomorrow (Monday) January with a glittering cast, including 2010 winner Vincenzo Nibali, Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador, the evergreen Levi Leipheimer and Classics men Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel and Pippo Pozzato all seeking some action in the warm Argentinian sunshine. [Although, predictably, stormy weather is forecast for Monday – Ed.]