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"This race wasn't a goal by any means for me, but I was still motivated this winter. You always want to start off on on a new team in good standing and show you mean business. I was able to do that at the beginning of the race,&quo...

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27.01.2014 @ 15:35 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) beat Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in the uphill sprint on the final stage of the Tour de San Luis while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was crowned overall winner of the event. We have already posted several reactions and have gathered a few more below.


Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana, 82nd on the stage +0.57, 74th on GC +32.11)

“It’s not about results in January – we’re here to get a good rhythm and get ready for the season ahead of us. We’re here to get some good training and get ready for the season by racing.”


Peter Stetina (BMC, 38th on the stage +0.12, 8th on GC +3.51)

"This race wasn't a goal by any means for me, but I was still motivated this winter. You always want to start off on on a new team in good standing and show you mean business. I was able to do that at the beginning of the race. It's worked out well. I leave here with close to a stage win and a top 10 in the GC. You can't complain about that."


Jackson Stewart (sports director BMC whose best rider was Taylor Phinney in 10th)

"We had a good week. We came here with big objectives and we didn't quite meet them. We were knocking on the door. We wanted a little higher on GC and we wanted a stage win. We can leave knowing we did the best we could. I don't think we can feel bad about doing pretty well. We just didn't get exactly what we wanted out of it. But the momentum is very good right now."


Claudio Cozzi (sports director Katusha whose best rider was Giampaolo Caruso in 85th)

“This was a very good week for us.  Of course we did not win a stage, but we came here to prepare for our bigger goals later in the season when we hope to have results in the Classics and the Grand Tours. Everything is going right in the team – the morale is high and the atmosphere and motivation were all good. I saw no problems at all.  Also we arrived in Argentina one week before the start of the race and did a very good training session here in perfect weather.  I look forward to things to come.”


Speaking about Luca Paolini who abandoned after crashing on stage 6:  “Luca had no major injury from the crash, so during today’s stage he went on a three hour training ride. He wants to be good in Het Nieuwsblad and the big Classics. Before and after some of the stages he did extra kilometers as training this week.  Luca is very keen to show something special in the near future.”


Mario Aerts (sports director Lotto Belisol whose best rider was Tosh van der Sande in 8th)

"Jelle Vanendert has quit in the beginning of the stage. Because he hit his elbow in the crash [on stage 1], it's hard for him to pull up after a corner. A day after the crash there was much improvement, otherwise he wouldn't have started, but since then there is few evolutions. Conditionally there isn't a problem, it's only the elbow that has to be cured now.


"The Colombians were very strong here, they are used to the extremely hot temperatures. That fifteenth place of Sander Armée [on stage 6] was a nice result. His legs felt good and he wanted to show that. The time trial of Van den Broeck [where he was 13th] was good. He still has work to do to come back on his level, but the first signs are encouraging."


Eduardo Sepulveda (Bretagne, 36th on the stage +0.12, 6th on GC +3.43)

"I am really excited about this 6th place. I thank the team that has really worked well all week. I had not planned to a top 10 because I lacked a bit of preparation but I felt food in the mountain stage and seized the opportunity by trying to follow the attacks. The only disappointment is my performance in the time trial. I did not set a good time, I could do better. But I think it is normal as it is the first time trial of the year. Now I go back to France. I will do the Tour Mediteraneen and the Tour du Haut Var. I hope that I will continue to feel good."


Emmanuel Hubert (sports director Bretagne whose best rider was Armindo Fonseca in 14th)

"The 6th pace of Eduardo [Sepulveda] is very satisfying when you look at the field in  the Tour de San Luis. When he goes back to France to do the Tour Mediteraneen and the Tour du Haut Var - if he is careful not to catch anything due to the climate change - he will still be able to achieve great things. The races suit him.


"Admittedly, he still lacks a few things such as positioning himself at the bottom of the climbs. But he received good support, our team was very smooth and worked well for him. I hope that the momentum will be the same when we return to our own territory.


"The Tour de San Luis is very good preparation for Paris-Nice and the beginning of the season. To race a week like this in the sun improves the fitness. It can only be beneficial for the riders."



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