Uruguay’s Rutas de America concluded Sunday with GEOX-TMC finishing 7th as a team, thanks in large part to Italian neo-pro Matteo Pelucchi’s top-ten finishes in 4 of the 6 stages.
Coming off his first career win at the Clasica de Almeria, Pelucchi finished 2nd in both the first and last stages of the race.
In the 140.1-km first stage that ran from Uruguay’s capital Montevideo to Minas, Pelucchi came in 2nd behind Dario Diaz of Villa Teresa, followed closely in the final sprint by teammates Tomas Alberio and Marko Kump, who finished 4th and 9th respectively. Three GEOX-TMC members in the top-ten assured the team a 2nd place finish in the team classification.
“The entire team did a great job,” said Pelucchi after day one. “It’s too bad because today we could have won, but we’re in good shape, and there will be room in the upcoming stages to try again.”
On day three, in the 154.2-km 3rd stage, GEOX-TMC had yet another strong showing: Kump finished 5th, Pelucchi 6th, and the team took 3rd.
GEOX-TMC’s Fabio Felline, returning from a collarbone injury sustained in February, finished 2nd across the line in the 140.3-km 4th stage after a brilliant performance on the day’s second Category 3-climb. Pelucchi finished 8th, and the team again placed 2nd in the team classification.
And in the race’s final stage, Pelucchi again claimed 2nd. With three podium finishes and 5 top-ten’s, GEOX-TMC finished 7th in the final team classification.