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Yannick Eijssen arrived at the summit in 24th place. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Yannick Eijssen arrived at the summit in 24th place. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 2: Santaromita's Goal

25. August 2013

Italian road champion Ivan Santaromita finished 20th and Yannick Eijssen was 24th for the BMC Racing Team on the uphill finish at the end of Sunday's 177.7-kilometer stage at the Vuelta a España.

Aiming For The Overall Right Now
Santaromita finished 14 seconds after solo stage winner Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), who broke from a group of four late in the race. Eijssen arrived seven seconds later. Santaromita said his current aim is to keep a good spot on the general classification. Now I am looking forward to the next days, with one eye on the GC (general classification). Otherwise I will try to win a stage." BMC Racing Team Assisstant Director Yvon Ledanois said the team did a good job of bringing Santaromita in good position to the foot of the 11-km finishing climb. "It was very fast and very dangerous and they all did a good job today," he said. BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert, who is still nursing a cut on his left knee from a crash at the Eneco Tour of Benelux, finished 86th, 6:06 behind. The world road champion said he rode with caution at the end of the windy stage that featured a breakaway which led by more than 12 minutes at one point. " It was pretty nervous at the end and I was afraid of falling again, so I did really not take any risks," Gilbert said. "Concerning the future stages, I am going to see day-by-day. But surely in the next days, there will be finishes that could be for me," he said.




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