The Italian road champion, decked out in national champion’s kit, has been an ever-present ally in first Svein Tuft's and then Matthews' defence of the maglia rosa, helping to shepherd both riders through the opening week of racing.
It's widely considered that Matthews will give up his race lead on Saturday’s stage to Montecopiolo however with Santaromita sitting in the top ten it’s not unfathomable to imagine that the former BMC rider will began is own quest for glory and a possible tilt at a high overall placing.
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