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Christian Meier seventh in first stage of Tour de San Luis

Orica-GreenEdge’s Canadian Christian Meier placed seventh in Stage 1 of the Tour de San Luis in Villa Mercedes, Argentina Monday. Meier was part of a four-man group that tried to bridge across to the day’s breakaway, another quartet that saw a fifth member sit up after capturing the race’s first sprint jersey. Garmin-Sharp’s Phillip Gaimon attacked Argentina national squad member Emiliano Contreras to take victory 3:52 ahead of Meier. Gaimon will wear the race leader’s orange jersey Tuesday, and he also leads the mountains competition.

The American’s Twitter reaction was succinct.

The the eight-year-old, seven-stage race, run around the same time as the Tour Down Under, is growing in stature, something that is reflected in this year’s strong field. Tuesday, the stage ends on the Cat. 1 Mirador del Potrero de los Funes.