In His Own Words: Ivan Santaromita on Tour de San Luis Stage Two

Tue 21 Jan 2014

Ivan Santaromita put his climbing legs to the test on the second stage of the Tour de San Luis. He managed seventh place atop the Mirador del Potrero summit finish, the first of three mountaintop finishes at the Argentinean stage race. The Italian National Road Champion came to the finish with Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Haimar Zubeldia (Trek Factory Racing), 5” behind stage winner Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing).

After his breakaway bridge attempt on stage one, Christian Meier had another strong showing on stage two. Losing only 23” to the stage winner and 4” to overall race leader Phil Gaimon, Meier crossed the line in 17th place, one spot ahead of teammate Adam Yates in 18th place. Meier’s efforts allowed him to leapfrog up to third overall, 3’52 outside the race lead. Santaromita trails the race leader by 4’21 in tenth on the general classification tied on time with eighth and ninth place while Yates, in 17th overall, moved into the best young riders jersey.

While Sport Director Vittorio Algeri called the day a good outing for the team, Santaromita admitted he had hoped for slightly better. His aim was to challenge for the stage win, and following the stage, he spoke of his disappointment at falling short. In his own words, Santaromita details his day.

At the start of the race, the breakaway with five riders went away. Today’s escape included all riders from South American teams. Unlike yesterday, the gap never got too big. Garmin did the work from the start, and they kept the breakaway’s advantage very small. It was easy for them to bring them back before the finish.

We let Garmin do their work and focused on the finish. Today’s stage ended with a 4.8 kilometre, 6.7 percent mountain. The team worked for me today. I thought I would test myself and maybe have a chance for the stage win. I wanted to see what my condition is after the time away from racing. I also wanted to get a good result for the team in one of my first races with my new squad.

My teammates did a great job bringing me to the bottom of the climb in a good position. After they left me, my job was to stay with the leaders. Peter Stetina (BMC) attacked after about one kilometre of climbing. Only Arredondo was able to bridge across. The rest of us fought all the way to the finish for the smaller places. I finished in seventh place – not bad but also not as good as what I had hoped.

I’m in tenth place on the general classification now, so it’s still possible that I can make a good result. We came here without big plans for the overall, and I don’t want to cause too much stress for myself or the team. It’s only the first race of the season. Still, if there’s a chance to win one stage or do a good GC result, of course, we’ll go for it.