BMC at the Tour de Pologne
Tour de Pologne, Stage 6: Santaromita Ninth
BMC Racing Team’s Ivan Santaromita finished ninth Friday at the Tour de Pologne after he and teammate Mathias Frank were part of a breakaway group for much of the penultimate stage.
Time Trial Saturday
Santaromita said he simply couldn’t keep pace when stage winner Darwin Atapuma (Columbia) attacked and went away with Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), who rode into the race lead by finishing second and earning a time bonus. “I tried, but it was a hard day with 4,000 meters of climbing,” the Italian road champion said. “At the start, when I saw the big break going, I went with it and so did Mathias, who did a very good job today. But in the final, I was cramping on the final climb. Tomorrow, I hope to do a great time trial to meet my goal of being in the top 10.” Santaromita sits 14th, 1:43 off the overall lead, heading into Saturday’s 37-km individual time trial. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said Italian time trial champion Marco Pinotti and Stage 4 winner Taylor Phinney did their best to conserve energy for a stage that will play to their strengths. “It was good that they stayed rested for the time trial,” he said. “They both have a good chance to go for another stage win.” Phinney’s solo victory Wednesday was sandwiched between stage wins by BMC Racing Team’s Thor Hushovd, who lost his lead in the sprint classification.