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Ivan Santaromita went clear in the final kilometers but could not hold his advantage to the finish line. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Ivan Santaromita went clear in the final kilometers but could not hold his advantage to the finish line. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 3: Santaromita's Bid

26. August 2013

BMC Racing Team's Ivan Santaromita attacked with less than three kilometers to go in Monday's uphill finish at the Vuelta a España, but the Italian road champion was overtaken in the final 500 meters by eventual solo stage winner Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard).

Lodewyck, Wyss Involved In Crashes
Santaromita said the four-kilometer-long climb to the finish of the 184.8-km race was a good place to make a move. He had a gap of nine seconds with 1.5 km to go, and was still clear of the peloton as he passed beneath the final kilometer banner. But an out-of-the-saddle Horner passed him in the final curves of the winding, uphill slope and won by three seconds to take the overall lead. "Until the last kilometer, the wind was coming from the back, so it was good," Santaromita said. "But in the last kilometer, the wind changed direction to a headwind, so it was hard. With 500 meters to go, Horner passed me." Santaromita placed 27th on the stage, 13 seconds behind Horner, while teammates Dominik Nerz (28th) and Yannick Eijssen (31st) also finished in the same time. In the overall standings, Santaromita is best-placed in 13th, 49 seconds behind. "Ivan attacked at a good moment, but Horner is very strong," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "It was a difficult day for everybody. It was windy and very dangerous." BMC Racing Team's Klaas Lodewyck and Danilo Wyss were involved in separate crashes during the stage, but neither suffered injuries that will prevent them from starting on Tuesday, Ledanois said.

Listen to complete comments from Ledanois and Santaromita on the BMC Racing Team's Vuelta a España Audio Line.