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Ivan Santaromita finished 42nd after making a late bid for a podium place on the opening stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Ivan Santaromita finished 42nd after making a late bid for a podium place on the opening stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 1: Santaromita's Attack

2. June 2013

BMC Racing Team's Ivan Santaromita made a bid to beat the field to the finish of Sunday's opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné after a solo breakaway stole the day.

Caught Near The Finish
Santaromita attacked less than three kilometers from the finish of the 121 km race that had already seen David Veilleux (Team Europcar) solo out of a four-man breakaway to win by nearly two minutes. "I looked at the finale this morning before the race and thought it was a good place for an attack to get second place," Santaromita said. "So about one kilometer before the top of the final climb, I tried. Sky pulled and caught me with 400 meters to the finish. I think I have good shape coming out of the Giro d'Italia, so we can try for the next stages." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said he was surprised the peloton let the four escapees gain a lead of nearly 10 minutes. "For the teams who had GC hopes - like Movistar with Alejandro Valverde - 10 minutes was a lot of time," he said. "But it's perfect for us. We have four riders who are at least five minutes down, so it's good opportunity tomorrow for the breakaway." Dominik Nerz (26th) and Santaromita (42nd) were the two BMC Racing Team riders who finished in the peloton, which arrived 1:57 after Veilleux.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Thor Hushovd and Santaromita on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.