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Dominik Nerz (seen here on Stage 4) enjoyed his best result of the Vuelta a España Monday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Dominik Nerz (seen here on Stage 4) enjoyed his best result of the Vuelta a España Monday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 10: Nerz's Best Finish

2. September 2013

BMC Racing Team's Dominik Nerz rode to 15th place on the toughest finish yet of the Vuelta a España Monday, while teammate Ivan Santaromita slid out of the top 10 by finishing more than three minutes after solo stage winner and new race leader, Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard).

Active In Breakaways
Santaromita said he did not feel good during the 186.8-kilometer stage that finished with a 15.8-km, twisting and narrow climb to Alto de Hazallanas. "It wasn't a good day for me. I didn't have good sensations," the Italian road champion said. "My shape is good, but you can have one day like this when you don't feel so super. We'll see what happens now. There are still some stages that might be good for me." Santaromita is 13th, 4:35 behind Horner, while Nerz climbed into the top 20 with his best finish through the first 10 stages. "Dominik was very strong today and yesterday," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "For next week and the last week, he is definitely going to be going for a stage win." On the day before the first rest day of the three-week race, the BMC Racing Team was active in breakaways, with Martin Kohler, Yannick Eijssen and Nerz all integrating themselves into moves. Kohler was in the most successful one. His escape group enjoyed a nearly six-minute lead before being absorbed on the penultimate climb by a chase group that included Nerz and Santaromita. "It was a real crazy start," the former Swiss road champion said. "A lot of winding roads, up and down, with a headwind. It was like everyone wanted to go in the break today."