Peter Sagan reacts to his first second-place finish of 2016

It was like deja-vu all over again for Peter Sagan, finishing second to Fernando Gaviria in stage two of the Tour de San Luis

Peter Sagan, Fernando Gaviria and Elia Viviani on the podium following Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de San Luis
(Image credit: Watson)

It feels like a long time since Peter Sagan finished second in a race, but in reality it was only two race days ago. Fast forward to January and the world champion has that familiar feeling once again at the Tour de San Luis.

The Tinkoff man was the runner-up on 18 occasions in 2015, including five times at the Tour de France, and found himself playing the bridesmaid to Fernando Gaviria on Tuesday's stage two in Argentina.

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For Gaviria it was also a familiar feeling, having won the first sprint stage of last year's Tour de San Luis ahead of Mark Cavendish. Now he can add another major scalp to his list.

With a strong leadout by race leader Maximiliano Ariel Richeze, Gaviria shot past his rivals to reach the line first, giving Etixx-Quick Step their second win in as many stages.

Team Sky's Elia Viviani, riding for an Italian national team, sprinted to third place behind Sagan.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.