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Several BMC Racing Team riders went on the attack and ultimately Ivan Santaromita was the one who earned a spot in the decisive breakaway. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)
Several BMC Racing Team riders went on the attack and ultimately Ivan Santaromita was the one who earned a spot in the decisive breakaway. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 12: Santaromita's Big Move

17. maggio 2012

Ivan Santaromita sprinted to fifth place out a breakaway that stayed away to the finish Thursday and the time gained was enough to propel the BMC Racing Team rider into fifth overall at the Giro d'Italia.

Nine-Man Breakaway
After Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol Team) soloed away in the final kilometer of the 155 km race to win the stage, Santaromita crossed the line six seconds later with seven others from the break. When the peloton arrived 3:34 later, Santaromita had climbed from 40th into a spot just 49 seconds behind race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team). "I felt good out there," Santaromita said. "At the meeting at the start, (BMC Racing Team sport directors) Fabio Baldato and Max Sciandri told us to try and get in the breakaway so we all tried. I was lucky enough to get in the right one." Santaromita was among seven riders who broke free 47 km into the stage. They were later joined by two more and their advantage quickly rose to seven minutes. Only the chasing efforts of Liquigas-Cannondale kept the gap from growing. When the group split on a Category 3 climb about 12 km from the finish, Santaromita was second over the summit. "I hoped to win the stage but Sandy Casar (third overall, 26 seconds behind) was fighting with me for the pink jersey so it was impossible to win," Santaromita said. "I'm happy and I want to try another time next week. Sunday it's near my home. I want to do my best for my family and friends."

Plenty of Options
Baldato said Santaromita's climb into the top five provides the perfect situation for team leaders Johann Tschopp (20th overall, 2:02 behind) and Marco Pinotti (24th, 2:09 behind) heading into the final nine stages of the three-week race. "Ivan is always a good rider and teammate and it's good for him and the team and for us to have the car be toward the front to help Marco and Johann," Baldato said. "It's also good for the team classification, which can be our goal, too. I saw a really motivated team today, with all of them attacking. It was really a great day. They did a good job."

Listen to complete comments from Santaromita and Baldato on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.