Race report

GC unchanged after biblical weather conditions at the Giro

Giro d'Italia

Stage 12 at the Giro set off under overcast conditions from the town of Cesenatico this morning, with a testing 204 kilometres and over 3500 metres of climbing ahead of the riders. The sawtooth profile looked perfect for a breakaway and an incredibly tough battle ensued in the opening kilometres to make the move. After several failed attacks, a group of 14 finally broke the elastic and forged on at the head of the race.

With no immediate GC threat, their gap ballooned out to almost 14 minutes but with over 125 kilometres to go NTT took up the pace setting at the front of the peloton. Eating into the breakaway’s gap, the gap had tumbled to six minutes with 70 kilometres to go, where the team was riding strongly with all eight riders in the reduced peloton. The gap continued to fall as the climbs ticked by and elite GC group formed approaching the last climb of the day. Wilco Kelderman, Jai Hindley and Chris Hamilton were all present for the team, riding well as a unit together under the horrid conditions.

Despite a few small attacks on the climb, no major gaps were made and the GC battle neutralised itself on the 20 kilometre long run-in to the line. With the GC top ten rolling home together, Kelderman maintains his second place with Hindley also holding onto his seventh overall ahead of tomorrow’s stage 13.

“The team did a good job all day, riding together and making sure Jai and Wilco were supported all day,” explained Hamilton after the stage. “We were expecting quite a hard stage, which it was, and the weather played a massive part in that as well. In the end the breakaway stayed away, which we thought it would so we just stayed sharp for any GC attacks. The guys got home safely so it’s another successful day done for us.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “Today was a difficult stage at 203 kilometres long. It was undulating with some longer climbs, and it looked to be a very tough day. A break of 14 riders went away and were strong enough to go through to the finish line. NTT really pushed the pace on over the hills which really disintegrated the peloton and left a very small group of GC favourites there. In the end after the last climb it just neutralised itself. Our goal was to get through the day without making a mistake or losing time, which we’ve done very well today. Wilco and Jai were still supported by Chris, so we had three guys in the group of favourites. We didn’t look to be under any pressure today at all, so it was a good job by the guys and we’re looking forward to a big weekend coming up.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan INEOS Grenadiers 5:31:24 100
2 PADUN Mark Bahrain - McLaren 1:08 40
3 CLARKE Simon EF Pro Cycling 6:50 20
12 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 8:25 -
13 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb ,, -
23 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, -
44 OOMEN Sam Team Sunweb 21:06 -
50 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb ,, -
60 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb ,, -
63 DENZ Nico Team Sunweb 25:05 -