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Giro d’Italia, 12th stage: Stefano Oldani sprints to victory in Genoa – that’s how the decision went

Giro d’Italia, 12th stage: Stefano Oldani sprints to victory in Genoa – that’s how the decision went
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A leading group of 25 athletes formed in the first part of the race. Among them was Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), who was hoping for his second win of the day.

But the Dutch classics specialist was unable to keep up with the leading trio led by his team-mate Oldani, who were separating, and fell behind with 30 kilometers to go. The escapees then fought for a decent cushion and pulled away.

In the end it was Oldani who prevailed in the final sprint against Rota (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and Leemreijze (Jumbo-Visma).

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Alpecin celebrates: Oldani steps into the breach for van der Poel

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The peloton reached the finish line 9:07 minutes behind. Lopez thus defended both the pink jersey and the lead in the junior ranking. Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa) continues to lead the mountains classification, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) remains in the sprint jersey.

The 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia can be read here:

Goodbye

9:07 minutes after the day’s winner Oldani, the main field reaches the finish line. Lopez will remain in the pink jersey for at least one more stage. Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa) continues to lead the mountains classification, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) remains in the sprint jersey.

With that I say goodbye to today’s stage. Tomorrow we will inform you again in the ticker. The 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia leads over 150 kilometers from Sanremo to Cuneo. Be there again then!

Giro, 12th stage: Oldani triumphs in Genoa

Oldani keeps his nerves in the three-way battle and secures the day’s win. This is also the second Italian stage win in a row at the Giro. For Oldani it is the first win of his career.

Giro d’Italia: Top trio make it up among themselves

Another three kilometers and you get the impression that all three drivers at the front want to save their energy for the sprint. They all seem relatively confident.

Giro ticker: final phase begins

Van der Poel gave up seven kilometers before the end and is heading towards the finish line together with Riesebeek and Consonni. Alpecin-Fenix ​​fully relies on Oldani.

Giro live: Top trio keep the lead

The descent is completed and all drivers seem to have made it through well. The leading trio around Rota has a 40-second lead over Kelderman’s chasing group. But the remaining 24 kilometers are flat, which could change the race dynamics again decisively.

Giro ticker: Van der Poel loses the connection

In the chasing group, the wheat is separated from the chaff with around 30 kilometers to go. Hamilton, Kelderman, Mollema and Nico Denz follow a few meters behind Buitrago. Van der Poel loses touch with Taaramäe. Denz is almost 30 meters behind the quartet of pursuers Hamilton, Kelderman, Mollema and Buitrago. Van der Poel seems to have exploded something. This climb is a bit too tough for the classics specialist.

Giro live: stage with an early finale

Ballerini is still between the leading trio and the chasing group around Van der Poel. Schwarzmann is now trying to break away there. The average of the stage so far is an impressive 47 km/h, which is why we expect to arrive at the finish line in just under an hour. There are only 35 kilometers to go.

Live ticker 12th Giro stage: trio in front

Oldani and Leemreijze went up to Rota. The trio gained 25 seconds on the large chasing group. Behind him, Ballerini tries to break away from the chasing group on the fast but uncomplicated descent. The field is five and a half minutes behind.

Giro route: course & profile of stage 12 – rollercoaster ride to Genoa

Giro ticker, 12th stage: start attacks

The breakaways are now beginning to climb again. For the strong climbers like Mollema, Kelderman, Taaramäe or Hamilton it will be important to distance the strong sprinters like Van der Poel, Consonni, Vendrame and Ballerini at an early stage. But with two helpers in the group it will be difficult to distance Van der Poel decisively. Especially since the ascent to La Colletta shouldn’t be difficult enough. If you want to beat Van der Poel, it would be important to isolate him from his helpers and to force him to work in the last flat kilometers.

Lorenzo Rota is now making the first attack from the leading group!

12th Giro stage in the ticker: second mountain classification

The second of the three mountain classifications of the day is pending: It goes up to La Coletta (615m): The key data are 9.3 kilometers with an average gradient of 4.2%, an increase in the 3rd category.

Live ticker 12th Giro stage: Trek equipped twice

With a gap of 4:50 minutes, the field is still within reach of the leading group. But the Trek-Segafredo squad will be content to control the race and secure Lopez’s pink jersey, while Bauke Mollema gets another shot at a stage win.

12th stage in the Giro live ticker: Second intermediate sprint

In the second intermediate sprint, the bonus seconds go to Stefano Oldani, Bauke Mollema and Vincenzo Albanese. In the overall rating, this changes only minimally. As a reminder – there are also three German drivers in front with Nico Denz (DSM), Jasha Sütterlin (Bahrain) and Michael Schwarzmann (Lotto).

Giro live: 2:45 p.m. – 75 kilometers to go

Another quiet phase of the race, the second intermediate sprint and the two other mountain classifications are still a bit away. The drivers are recovering from the extremely fast first phase of the race, eating and going through the tactical options in their heads: How can you be successful in the leading group against van der Poel?

Giro ticker, 12th stage: distance levels off

The gap has now leveled off at around five minutes – here is an overview of the top 25 drivers again:

Vendrame (AG2R Citroen), Van der Poel, Oldani and Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix), Conti (Astana), Buitrago and Sütterlin (Bahrain-Victorious), Kelderman (Bora-hansgrohe), Consonni (Cofidis), Cort Nielsen (EF) , Albanese (Eolo-Kometa), Rota and Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Eenkhoorn and Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma), Schwarzmann (Lotto-Soudal), Barta (Movistar), Ballerini (Quick-Step Alpha-Vinyl) , Hamilton and Sobrero (BikeEchange-Jayco), Denz (DSM), Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Edoardo Zardini (Drone Hopper) and the Bardiani duo Luca Covili and Davide Gabburo.

Live ticker 12th stage: Commemoration of Weylandt

Bauke Mollema wins the mountain classification, it goes down the descent – we think of Wouter Weylandt and his friends and family, who died here in an accident. his then teammate and roommate Fabian Wegmann recalled the Belgian and the black day at the 2011 Giro in moving words.

“A world collapsed”: Wegmann on Weylandt’s death

12th stage in the Giro live ticker: the first mountain classification is approaching

It’s now up to the first of the three mountain classifications of the day, the Passo del Bocco. The key data is a 6.0 kilometer climb with a 4.0% incline – a mountain rating of the 3rd category. In the climbing classification, nothing will change today in the top places, Diego Rosa is safe in his blue special jersey.

Ticker 12th Giro stage: Lead increases

The gap between the field and the leading group increases to four minutes – let’s see how far Wilco Kelderman can move up the overall rankings again today. And great respect for the chasing trio, who are catching up to the top with enormous effort! But that took a lot of strength for Edoardo Zardini (Drone Hopper) and the Bardiani duo Luca Covili and Davide Gabburo.

Giro live: Leading group with 22 riders

Here is an overview of the 22 top drivers:
Vendrame (AG2R Citroen), Van der Poel, Oldani and Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix), Conti (Astana), Buitrago and Sütterlin (Bahrain-Victorious), Kelderman (Bora-hansgrohe), Consonni (Cofidis), Cort Nielsen (EF) , Albanese (Eolo-Kometa), Rota and Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Eenkhoorn and Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma), Schwarzmann (Lotto-Soudal), Barta (Movistar), Ballerini (Quick-Step Alpha-Vinyl) , Hamilton and Sobrero (BikeEchange-Jayco), Denz (DSM) and Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

Live ticker 12th stage: Three Germans in front

Well, 22 drivers have broken away, including three German pros: Nico Denz (DSM), Jasha Sütterlin (Bahrain) and Michael Schwarzmann (Lotto). None of the big group pose a threat to the pink jersey overall, all at least 11 minutes behind (Kelderman +11:02). The current distance of one minute to the field, because several teams are not represented at the front.

12th stage in the Giro live ticker: The leading group is formed

A group is now actually separating: Among others, Wilco Klederman (Bora-hansgrohe) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) are represented as a Dutch duo, from a German perspective Michael Schwarzmann (Lotto Soudal) is represented there. Over 20 riders at the front on the road, the gap is increasing!

Ticker 12th Giro stage: First intermediate sprint

The Groupama-FDJ team prepares the intermediate sprint for Arnaud Démare and the Frenchman easily wins in the maglia ciclamino ahead of Fernando Gaviria. In doing so, he extends his lead in the points classification, which is extremely comfortable anyway.

After the sprint, the attacks start again, Alpecin-Fenix ​​is ​​active again and again, but the same thing remains: Nobody gets away.

Giro live: 1:00 p.m. – 155 kilometers to go

Mathieu van der Poel is also trying again and again today, he wants to get into the leading group like on the stage around Naples and his second stage after the start in Hungary. But even the superstar hasn’t been able to break the resistance of the field so far. It’s a merciless fight for a chance to get into the top flight.

Live ticker 12th Giro stage: attacks in series

Today’s race was extremely fast and very competitive – after an hour’s racing, no leading group has yet been able to break away. It is constantly being attacked, but the field always reacts. Team Bora is also active, but many other teams really want to get into the escape group today. It’s a hard-hitting tempo chase with tough intervals…

Giro route: course & profile of stage 12 – rollercoaster ride to Genoa

Giro d’Italia: The favorites of the 12th stage

The most likely scenario is that a larger leading group will decide the victory among themselves. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin) wants to try to get his second win of the day. Not to be underestimated are sprinters like Andrea Vendrame (ag2r). Riders like Bauke Mollema (Trek) or Davide Formolo (UAE) could also try.

Welcome to the 12th Giro stage!

The 204-kilometer stage starts in Parma and ends in Genoa. The first half of the stage runs slightly uphill from the Po Valley in the direction of Liguria. After 56 kilometers, the first sprint will take place in Borgo Val di Taro. With the Passo del Bocco (3rd category: 6 kilometers, 4%), the highest point is reached halfway through the race. After a long descent, the second sprint is on the program after 134 kilometers in Ferrada. This is followed by the crucial climbs to La Colletta (3rd category) and finally to Valico di Trensasco (3rd category: 4.3 kilometers; 8%). From there it’s a flat 31 kilometers to the finish.

Away from the sport, the Giro is reminiscent of two terrible tragedies today: the route passes the Passo del Bocco, the site of the accident where Wouter Weylandt fell fatally in 2011, and in Genoa the course leads over the new bridge at the site of the Ponte Morandi that collapsed in 2018 leads over the Val Polcevera.

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