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Ivan Santaromita is enjoying good form after his finish at the Giro d'Italia. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Ivan Santaromita is enjoying good form after his finish at the Giro d'Italia. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 7: Santaromita In The Break

8. June 2013

Ivan Santaromita represented the BMC Racing Team in Saturday's 22-man breakaway that went up and over l'Alpe d'Huez before shattering as its cooperation ended and the overall contenders pushed the pace at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Pinotti Withdraws
Santaromita's group was never allowed more than a four-minute's advantage in the 187.5-kilometer stage that included five categorized climbs. "I knew it would be hard to go all the way to the finish because there was a guy from Astana in our group who was about three minutes off the lead," Santaromita said. "Plus, Sky was pulling hard all day behind." Santaromita was caught inside of 40 km to go while Brent Bookwalter registered the BMC Racing Team's best finish, crossing the line 2:22 (22nd place) after Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) out-sprinted Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) for the stage win. Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) finished in a small group 16 seconds later to keep the overall lead with a day to go. BMC Racing Team's Marco Pinotti did not start the stage. "After the time trial, I did two stages where I felt like the shadow of the rider I am," Pinotti said. "I could barely help the team and felt powerless. The doctor advised me not to risk going deeper into a fatigue mode, so looking at the stages coming up, we decided not to start." BMC Racing Team's Larry Warbasse withdrew midway through the race, also suffering from fatigue.