Santaromita wraps up Tour of Norway in 6th overallSun 24 May 2015
2013 Italian champion Ivan Santaromita has wrapped up the 2015 Tour of Norway in sixth position overall.
Santaromita finished 13th on the final stage to drop from fourth on general classification following third and tenth placings on the previous two stages.
Andreas Vangstad (Team Sparebanken Sør) attacked the peloton for a solo victory on the final stage whilst Jenson Hansen (Tinkoff – Saxo) finished alongside Santaromita to defend his lead and take out the Tour.
Sport director Matt Wilson said the team took a gamble on the final stage but unfortunately it didn’t pay off.
“It was a pretty miserable day, pouring with rain and nine degrees for the whole stage so it was a rough finale for the guys,” Wilson said.
“We put our cards on Caleb (Ewan) in a sprint today. He was our best chance to win and it was always going to come down to that last lap and getting over the climb but he just didn’t have the legs unfortunately.”
Overall, ORICA-GreenEDGE finished with Santaromita’s strong ride for sixth and two narrow second places on the opening two stages for Ewan.
“We came here hoping to win a stage and we got pretty close on a couple of occasions,” Wilson said. “Of course, when you miss that stage you have to say it was a little bit of a disappointment.”
“But that being said, there are some great positives to draw from it.
“Santaromita’s result was great. He did a lot of work the first two stages, and lost a bit of time as a result of that, so all in all his ride was fantastic.
“The guys also did a good job to try and get Caleb up there for the win. Alexander Kristoff is a really fast guy and second place to him is certainly no disgrace.”
How it unfolded
After 30km of racing, eight riders rode themselves into the initial selection of the day.
Yarovych Popovych (Trek Factory Racing), Vegard Breen (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Reihs (Cult Energy Pro Cycling), Arthur Vanoverberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise), Alexander Wetterhall (Tre Berg - Bianchi), Amund Groendahl (Team Joker), Marius Hasas (FixIT.no) and Tim Kerkhof (Roompot Oranje Peloton) worked together but were only ever allowed three minutes advantage from the peloton.
Race leaders Tinkoff – Saxo controlled the bunch and were later assisted by Team Katusha in the hope on another bunch sprint.
With 30km to go, the front group was down to three - Groendahl, Breen and Hafsas – with less than two minutes lead.
As the peloton crept closer, Vangstad attacked with 17km to go to bridge across to the leaders and go on for the victory.
Behind, the hill in the final two kilometres of the finishing circuit split up the field, the main contenders managing to hold on to see the top of the overall table remain unchanged.