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Ivan Santaromita is the first BMC Racing Team rider to capture a national title this year. (©Sirotti.)
Ivan Santaromita is the first BMC Racing Team rider to capture a national title this year. (©Sirotti.)

BMC Racing Team's Santaromita Wins Italian Road Title

22. giugno 2013

Ivan Santaromita of the BMC Racing Team out-sprinted breakaway companions Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) and Davide Rebellin (CCC-Polsat) Saturday to win the Italian national road championship.

'It Was A Dream'
Santaromita had been part of a five-man group – which included Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and Simone Stortoni (Lampre-Merida) – that got away from the peloton on the last of four 30.5-kilometer circuits in the 229 km race. Attacks by Scarponi and Santaromita eventually whittled the group to three before Santaromita launched his decisive move with 500 meters to go on the twisty run-in to the finish. "This is the most beautiful day of my life," Santaromita said. "It was a dream for me to win the jersey and now I have it. I finished the Giro d'Italia in good shape, had good shape in the Critérium du Dauphiné and I had been training hard for this race." Assistant Director Max Sciandri said with only Santaromita and past world road champion Alessandro Ballan competing from the BMC Racing Team in the race, it was important to race strategically. "I told Ivan that starting a national championship with just two guys is a waiting process," Sciandri said. "He played it well." Santaromita's performance added to a runner-up finish in the 2010 road nationals. It also came in the same area where he took his first stage victory by winning Stage 3 of the Giro del Trentino in April. "I always have good luck in Trentino," he said.