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Ivan Santaromita (pictured at Paris-Nice) represented the BMC Racing Team in a 23-man breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Ivan Santaromita (pictured at Paris-Nice) represented the BMC Racing Team in a 23-man breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Volta a Catalunya, Stage 4: Santaromita's Long Day In The Break

21. March 2013

Ivan Santaromita was in the day's breakaway and teammate Steve Morabito, in 12th place, was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on an arduous stage of the Volta a Catalunya that finished atop the Port Ainé-Rialp Thursday.

Race Leader Crashes Out
Santaromita was part of a 23-man breakaway that escaped on the first of five climbs in the 217.7-kilometer race. When race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) crashed, the breakaway's lead increased while the peloton waited to see if Valverde could continue. (He did not.) "I knew it was going to be difficult to make it to the finish because we were a lot of riders – some for the GC (general classification) and others who were really strong," Santaromita said. "I thought Sky or Movistar would pull hard to catch us. But what I don't understand was the teams who had two riders in the break that weren't pulling." As the break splintered on the final climb, Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) soloed to the stage win and into the overall lead while Morabito climbed into 14th overall, 1:51 behind. Santaromita was part of a 23-man breakaway that escaped on the first of five climbs in the 217.7-kilometer race. When race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) crashed, the breakaway's lead increased while the peloton waited to see if Valverde could continue. (He did not.) "I knew it was going to be difficult to make it to the finish because we were a lot of riders – some for the GC (general classification) and others who were really strong," Santaromita said. "I thought Sky or Movistar would pull hard to catch us. But what I don't understand was the teams who had two riders in the break that weren't pulling." As the break splintered on the final climb, Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) soloed to the stage win and into the overall lead while Morabito climbed into 14th overall, 1:51 behind. Morabito said he was unsure of his form after being away from racing since the Tour Méditerranéen last month. "But during the stage, I was always feeling better," he said. "On the last climb, I tried to hang with the best guys and limit my losses. But I was happy to be there near the front."