Britain's Mark Cavendish narrowly missed out on a second successive stage win at the Tour of San Luis in Argentina on Tuesday.
The Manx sprinter won Monday's opening stage on his debut with the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.
And he was edged out by Sacha Modolo of Italy by less than a bike length on stage two's uphill finish, with Australia's Leigh Howard third.
"I tried, but Modolo was just better today," said 27-year-old Cavendish.
"We gave everything we had as a team. We were short some riders at the end, but the guys really did an incredible job for me today."
Cavendish endured a frustrating one-year spell with Team Sky in 2012 which saw him support Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and culminated in him
quitting the British outfit
for his new Belgian team.