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Mauro Santambrogio was first to the summit for the BMC Racing Team Sunday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Mauro Santambrogio was first to the summit for the BMC Racing Team Sunday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Santambrogio Paces Himself

28. August 2011

Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla, Spain

A week into the three-week Vuelta a España, the BMC Racing Team's best rider on the general classification, Mauro Santambrogio, said he is taking things day-by-day.

Time Trial Monday

Santambrogio finished 43rd Sunday, 2:39 behind race winner Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervélo), and sits 41st overall. Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) was runner-up on the stage to become the race's second new leader in as many days. "Today, the last climb was really steep , but my teammates did a good job to get me to the foot of the climb in the first position," Santambrogio said. "Tomorrow is a new day. I am pacing myself." Monday's race is a 47 kilometer individual time trial and an opportunity for Taylor Phinney, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said. "I told Taylor to take it easy and save energy for tomorrow," he said. "We'll see how he's going after 10 days of a stage race."