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Ivan Santaromita made a late attack to finish seventh on the penultimate stage. (©Sirotti.)
Ivan Santaromita made a late attack to finish seventh on the penultimate stage. (©Sirotti.)

Tour Méditerranéen, Stage 4: Santaromita Seventh

9. febbraio 2013

BMC Racing Team's Ivan Santaromita finished seventh on Saturday's mountain-top finish at the Tour Méditerranéen after teammate Daniel Oss was part of an eight-rider breakaway that enjoyed more than 120 kilometers of freedom.

Oss: 'My Form Is Improving'
After breaking free of the peloton in the first 10 km of the 145 km race, Oss and his breakaway companions gained a three-and-a-half minute lead, which made him the virtual race leader. "My objective was to take the pressure off the team while the other guys were still there to help Ivan and (Amaël) Moinard," he said. "It was a nice stage for teamwork and also a test for me for the future. I am super motivated and my form is improving." The race came back together at the foot of the ascent of Mount Faron, which saw solo stage winner Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R La Mondiale) launch his attack. Santaromita crossed the line 39 seconds later with Moinard 15 seconds after him in 13th. Maxime Monfort (RadioShack-Leopard), who finished in the same time as Moinard, overtook Stage 2 winner Lars Boom (Blanco Pro Cycling) by one second to take the overall lead. Santaromita is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in 18th overall, 1:42 behind. Santaromita said help from Thor Hushovd and Klaas Lodewyck positioned him well for the final climb. "I saw two riders from AG2R attack at the bottom of the climb but I thought it was too early," he said. "I waited, but when I saw the gap was too much, I attacked at 2.5 km to go. Yes, it was too early, but to go for the win, I had to try it. In the last 800 meters, I was at my limit. But I'm happy."