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Dominik Nerz was part of a breakaway that was only caught in the final five kilometers. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Dominik Nerz was part of a breakaway that was only caught in the final five kilometers. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 8: Nerz In The Breakaway

31. August 2013

BMC Racing Team's Dominik Nerz was part of a breakaway that enjoyed more than 130 kilometers of freedom at the Vuelta a España Saturday while teammate Ivan Santaromita moved up one spot, from 12th to 11th, in the general classification.

More Possibilities Now
Santaromita was among a group of about two dozen riders who caught Nerz and Dario Cataldo (Sky Procycling), the last two riders of a 13-rider breakaway that never enjoyed more than a five-minute lead. "At first, it was difficult because NetApp had Bartosz Huzarski in the break and he was just 45 seconds off the lead," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "But then he dropped back and it was a good opportunity for Dominik." Leopold Konig (Team NetApp-Endura) attacked inside the final 500 meters to take the stage win while Santaromita lost contact just outside the final kilometer of the 166.6-km race and finished 40 seconds back, in 18th place. Nicolas Roche (Team Saxoff-Tinkoff) displaced Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) as the new race leader. Santaromita is 1:17 back. Ledanois said the shuffling of the overall standings and larger time gaps mean more breakaway possibilities in the coming days. "For riders who are at four, five or six minutes off the lead – like Dominik or Yannick Eijssen, this is good," he said. "And tomorrow's finish is surely a good one for Philippe Gilbert."