Giro del Trentino: Stage win for Santaromita


Ivan Santaromita won his first race for the BMC team by out-sprinting a pair of breakaway companions at the end of Thursday’s third stage of the Giro del Trentino.

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Santaromita, Paolo Tiralongo (Astana Pro Team) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) arrived together at the finish of the 176.1-kilometer race after separating themselves from a larger breakaway group on the day’s final climb. Tiralongo led out the sprint, but Santaromita came around him with 100 meters to go to earn his first stage win since turning professional in 2006.

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“Cadel Evans and (BMC Racing Team Assistant Director) Fabio Baldato told me it was a good day for me to get in the breakaway and try to win the stage,” Santaromita said. “Today, finally, it was perfect. I had good legs and good tactics. I saw Scarponi suffering with cramps and Tiralongo was the best sprinter, so I took his wheel.” Tiralongo finished second and Scarponi was third as Maxime Bouet (AG2R-La Mondiale) kept the overall lead.

Santaromita last experienced victory when he won the overall classification of Settimana Coppi e Bartali in March of 2010, a year before joining the BMC Racing Team. “This is wonderful,” he said. “Before coming to this race, I did a training camp alone. It’s not always easy being away from my family and away from home. But now I am happy. It’s a beautiful day.”

Baldato said there was a relaxed atmosphere and good morale in the team despite only having four riders for the penultimate stage: Adam Blythe, Evans, Marco Pinotti and Santaromita. “When the race is hard like today and you have good legs, you can make the race even with three or four guys,” Baldato said. “Cadel was always with the leaders and was strong. It was good for him to have Ivan in the front. And Pinotti was close to remaining with Cadel and only lost contact with the first chase group in the last kilometres.”

Kanstantsin Siutsou and Bradley Wiggins sit second and third place overall with strong rides on stage three at the Giro del Trentino. The Team Sky duo finished safely in a reduced peloton after the day’s breakaway had gone on to contest the victory following the 176.1-kilometre mountain test.

1 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team 04:26:25
2 TIRALONGO Paolo Astana Pro Team @ st
3 SCARPONI Michele Lampre – Merida @ st
4 LOCATELLI Stefano Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox 00:34
5 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Jose Cayetano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
6 PIEDRA PEREZ Antonio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA @ st
7 PIRAZZI Stefano Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox 01:12
8 BATTAGLIN Enrico Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox 01:23
9 SELLA Emanuele Androni – Venezuela @ st
10 RUBIANO CHAVEZ Miguel Angel Androni – Venezuela @ st

24 NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team @ st
34 WIGGINS Bradley Sky Procycling @ st
42 BASSO Ivan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
53 FELLINE Fabio Androni – Venezuela 09:05
115 BLYTHE Adam BMC Racing Team @ 21.54
116 KENNAUGH Peter Sky Procycling @ st
1. BOUET Maxime AG2R La Mondiale 10 13:23:36
2. SIUTSOU Kanstantsin Sky Procycling 03:19
3. WIGGINS Bradley Sky Procycling 03:48
4. NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team 03:57
5. SANTAMBROGIO Mauro Vini Fantini 04:06
6. ARU Fabio Astana Pro Team 04:19
7. DYACHENKO Alexandr Astana Pro Team 04:20
8. PIRAZZI Stefano Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox 04:27
9. ROLLAND Pierre Team Europcar 04:49
10. NIEMIEC Przemyslaw Lampre – Merida 04:52
11. EVANS Cadel BMC Racing Team 05:03
12. CARDOSO Andre Fernando S. Martins Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 05:34
13. GARCIA FERNANDEZ Marcos Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 05:39
14. LOCATELLI Stefano Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox 05:42
15. BASSO Ivan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 05:51
16. REBELLIN Davide CCC Polsat Polkowice 05:54
17. ROSA Diego Androni – Venezuela 06:07
18. ROVNY Ivan Ceramica Flaminia – Fondriest 06:10
19. KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura 06:16
20. BUTLER Chris Champion System Pro Cycling Team


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