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Cavendish wins first stage of Tour de San Luis

Britain's Mark Cavendish won Monday's first stage of the Tour de San Luis, taking out the sprint finish to get off to a good start in the week-long race in central Argentina.

Cavendish, the road-race world champion, won by less than a bike length ahead of Sacha Modolo and Alessandro Petacchi to take the 164-kilometre stage.

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador finished back in the pack, well off the lead.

"It was hard with a bit of a dip into the finish and nothing really marking 100 metres or 200 metres, so I just kind of jumped at 250 metres," Cavendish told reporters. "I knew when I jumped I'd have a good shot at it, even though there was some wind."

Stage two on Tuesday is 172 kilometres.


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