“Quintana attacked in the early part of the final climb to Alto del Amago,” explained Díaz. “Then, my teammate Diniz pulled away from us.” It was the last manoeuvre before the key moment of the stage, when the three climbers rode together again: “I decided to attack with four kilometers to go and I succeeded,” pointed out the winner atop El Amago, which has an average gradient of 7,2%.
Díaz was really happy after claiming his second stage victory. “I think that I am in my best shape ever,” emphasised the Argentinian rider. However, he is cautious before tomorrow’s individual time trial. “Tomorrow is an important day, as well as the stage 6, with the final climb to Comechingones. The good thing is that I have one minute of advantage in the overall classification,” he added.
Colombian Nairo Quintana arrived at the finish 56 seconds behind the winner. Movistar leader is fourth overall, one minute and 23 seconds behind Díaz, the strongest climber in the peloton. Brasilian team Funvic has again underlined its superiority in the mountains (Díaz and Diniz finished first and second today) after its amazing performance on stage 2 (with three riders in the top 6).
The break of the day was composed out of Giacomo Berlato (Nippo Vini Fantini), Juan Valencia (Team Colombia), Juan Arango (Colombian National Team) and Darío Díaz (Team San Juan), who lost contact with the other three riders during the last kilometers of the stage. The peloton did not let the break get away because Díaz, Quintana, Diniz, Torres, Sepúlveda and the rest of the climbers knew that it was a key stage. And Díaz was the best of the best again.
The stage 5 of the Tour de San Luis is a 17,4 km Individual Time Trial in San Luis City. The riders will start at one minute intervals, except the last ten riders that will do it at two minute intervals. The individual time trial could make the difference in the overall classification of the 2015 Tour de San Luis.
Pictures by Pablo Cersosimo