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Danilo Wyss showed his ambitions by being in the breakaway of the day on the final stage of the Tour Méditerranéen. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Danilo Wyss showed his ambitions by being in the breakaway of the day on the final stage of the Tour Méditerranéen. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour Méditerranéen, Stage 5: Wyss in the breakaway

10. febbraio 2013

Ivan Santaromita finished 12th on the fifth and final stage of the Tour Méditerranéen on Sunday. He was also the BMC Racing Team’s top finisher on the general classification in 13th, while Danilo Wyss was in the breakaway of the day.

Realized the plan
The Swiss rider Wyss figured prominently in the breakaway group of 17 riders who attacked early on the longest stage of the race (192 kilometers) and gained a maximum lead of 3:20. But harmony within the group ended on the Passage au Col du Tanneron with 25 km to go. The second category climb split it as the peloton was mustering its charge. At the end, Santaromita and Amaël Moinard showed their qualities and attacked. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol) won the stage while Thomas Löfkvist (IAM Cycling) took the general classification. Wyss said he realized the plan of the BMC Racing Team by being part of a breakaway.  "It was a hard day, but I was happy to be in this group with really strong riders," he said. "It was an important move for me." The weather in France – with snowfall and a temperature around zero degrees Celsius – did not favor the cyclists and the conditions were difficult. Nevertheless, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois was very satisfied with the performance of the team: "Every day we had a rider in the breakaway," he said. "Saturday, it was Daniel Oss. We showed good teamwork. I’m very content with the guys after these five race days in France.“ Steve Morabito did not start the final stage due to respiratory problems, BMC Racing Team Dr. Scott Major said.