Fernando Gaviria beats Mark Cavendish to take Tour de San Luis opener

20-year-old Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria out-paces Mark Cavendish and Sacha Modolo to win the first stage of the Tour de San Luis

Fernando Gaviria wins Stage 1 of the 2015 Tour de San Luis from Mark Cavendish and Sacha Modolo

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) lost his first sprint of the season to 20-year-old Colombian Fernando Gaviria in the Tour de San Luis in Argentina today.

Gaviria, racing for Colombia's national team, shot past both Cavendish and Italy's Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) to win stage one and take the leader's jersey.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.