Italian Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing) squeezed out fellow escapees Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) and Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) to take the stage three win in the Giro del Trentino on Thursday.
The trio had been part of a larger 11-man breakaway, and had forged an uncatchable margin over the peloton. In the final few kilometres of the race a game of cat and mouse ensued. Tiralongo took the lead and surged for the line, but Santaromita came around him to take the win. Scarponi appeared to fade and finished in third.
Santaromita’s last win – and the previous biggest of his career – was in 2010 at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali.
Maxime Bouet (Ag2r) maintained the overall lead after finishing in the peloton. He now leads Wednesday’s stage winner Kanstantsin Siutsou (Sky) by 3-19 overall with Bradley Wiggins (Sky) in third at 3-38. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in fourth overall at 3-57.
One stage remains in the 2013 Giro del Trentino, and it’s the toughest of the race. Starting in Arco tomorrow, the riders face a 166.8km trawl to the mountain-top finish of Sega di Ala, a 14.6km climb at an average of eight per cent.
The race is far from settled, but the quesiton is whether Bouet can hang on to his near three-and-a-half minute advantage over Siutsou and Wiggins.
Giro del Trentino 2013, stage three: Pergine Valsugana to Condino (Valle delle Chiese), 176.1km
1. Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing in 4-26-25
2. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana
3. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at same time
4. Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole at 34 secs
5. Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Cannondale at same time
Overall classification after stage three
1. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r
2. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky at 3-19
3. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 3-38
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 3-57
5. Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini at 4-06
Bradley Wiggins moved up to third overall after stage three
Stage three scenery
Ivan Santaromita wins ahead of Paolo Tiralongo
Maxime Bouet maintains race lead