Tour de San Luis: Boonen 9e in slotrit
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team renner Tom Boonen is als 9e gefinisht in de laatste etappe van de Tour de San Luis. De laatste 400 meter liepen licht heuvelop.
Met nog 30 kilometer te gaan werden de vluchters ingerekend en maakte het peloton zich op voor een groepssprint. OPQS renners Mark Cavendish en Tom Boonen zaten iets van achteren in de sprint, terwijl uiteindelijke ritwinnaar Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) zijn jump maakte. Hij hield Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) en Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) ruim achter zich.
"Today it was important to be in the first three or four positions at the last corner at about 300 meters to go," Boonen said. "Unfortunately we didn't find the space to go up to the front into the last kilometer. Mark tried to lead me but I took the corner around 8th place, too far to try to win. However I think I had a good preparation here in Argentina. I think I'm in better condition than what I was expecting at this time of the season. Now I will come back in Europe and I will go immediately to Mallorca for a short training session, then I will leave for Tour of Qatar. I'm really looking forward to that race that brought me great results in the past."
"Today we tried our best," Cavendish said. "Guillaume went really well in the last kilometers. But we really ran out of men. We missed Alessandro Petacchi in the last kilometer. I tried to take Tom alone, but unfortunately it didn't work out. But, we're happy with the week. Although we haven't got a stage win, things went well. We've got good form and we've got good cohesion in the team."