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Daniel Oss (seen here in a file photo) registered his third top 10 finish of the year. (©Sirotti.)
Daniel Oss (seen here in a file photo) registered his third top 10 finish of the year. (©Sirotti.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 5: Daniel Oss Seventh

8. May 2013

BMC Racing Team's Daniel Oss was briefly held up by a crash in the final kilometer of Tuesday's stage of the Giro d'Italia but still managed to finish seventh, while teammate Cadel Evans also stayed upright and remains 10th overall.

Plan Was To Protect Evans
The crash happened when a rider near the front of the single-file peloton slid out on a left-hand turn made slick by rain. "The crash was simple: the guys in the front took the turn too fast and slid out on the white pavement lines," Oss said. "I stopped and had to put my feet down but re-started and closed the gap to a small group to continue my sprint." John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) won the stage while Luca Paolini (Katusha) also avoided the pile-up and kept the overall lead. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the closing kilometers of the 203 km race were going according to plan until the crash. "We knew the last 800 meters were really hard, so we had all the guys near Cadel to keep him toward the front," Baldato said. "The plan wasn't necessarily to go for the win but to keep Cadel in the top 10 and make sure no time was lost due to a split at the finish." Ivan Santaromita was the only BMC Racing Team rider directly involved in the pile-up. A rider slammed into him from behind, but his injuries do not appear to be serious, Baldato said.