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The World Champion going all-out in his first European race of the season. (Foto BMC Racing Team)
The World Champion going all-out in his first European race of the season. (Foto BMC Racing Team)

Evans races for victory - Santambrogio lands in hospital

27. February 2010

Pieve Vergonte, Italy

Joy and suffering are so often closely tied in sport, such as they were for the BMC Racing Team at the GP Insubria.  While the World Champion Cadel Evans inserted himself into the lead group during the final moments of the race, Mauro Santambrogio’s race ended not only prematurely but very painfully too. 

“I was well placed in the main field, but on the second to last circuit I hit some irregular surface which I saw too late to avoid, and ended up crashing with another rider.  Since the pain while breathing was so severe after the crash, I had to withdraw,” explained Santambrogio.  The 25 year old rider had to be transported to the nearby hospital in an ambulance.  Directeur Sportif John Lelangue accompanied his injured rider to the clinic.  “Mauro was x-rayed and examined, which revealed that his ribs have been ‘only’ bruised, but luckily not broken.  So now Mauro will have to take it easy for a few  days.”

The World Champion with Good Legs
It was a more positive day for the team leader, Cadel Evans.  The World Champion riding his first race for the BMC Racing Team on European soil rode a tactically intelligent race which put him in a position to ride for the victory after 174 kilometers of racing.  “I came here without any great ambitions for a result.  Primarily I was most interested in riding with some of the teammates I haven’t raced with yet like Florian Stalder, Steve Morabito and Brent Bookwalter.  At the end of the day did not expect to be given an opportunity to the race for overall victory. If I had not been impeded near the finish by a motorcycle, then perhaps I could have finished even higher than fifth,” said the Australian.  The Frenchman Samuel Dumolin grabbed the victory.