DThe German team Bora-hansgrohe continues to swim at the 102nd Giro d'Italia on a wave of success. After two successes by Sprintstar Pascal Ackermann (Kandel) teammate Cesare Benedetti won as the runaway the 158-kilometer twelfth stage from Cuneo to Pinerolo. The Italian prevailed on the first heavy mountain stage in the final sprint of a group of seven in front of his compatriot Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) and the Irish Eddie Dunbar (Ineos).
“I'm really happy, I'm really happy,” said Benedetti after the 24th win of the season for Team Bora-hansgrohe: “The team is working well, also at Pascal for the sprints.” Ackermann drove through the finish during the award ceremony and hugged then his teammate, himself heavily bandaged on arms and legs after his fall on Tuesday.
In the overall standings, Italian Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) had to hand over the pink jersey to his teammate Jan Polanc. “The fact that I am going into the breakaway today was a team tactic to have better control over the race. So we wanted to keep the Maglia Rosa in the team, “said Polanc after the finish line. The Slovenian finished sixth with the lead group and leads by 4:07 minutes ahead of his compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and 4:51 minutes ahead of Conti.
Top favorite Roglic was put under pressure 30 kilometers from the finish on the first climb of the first category at this year's Giro. An attack of direct competitors Miguel Angel Lopez (Colombia / Astana) and Mikel Landa (Spain / Movistar) could not parry the early of his teammates isolated 29-year-old, rolled on the downhill and the flat piece to the finish with the other top favorites but again 30 seconds to the duo and thus kept the damage within limits.
Previously, a 25-member breakaway group around the German Jasha Sütterlin (Freiburg / Movistar), Roger Kluge (Eisenhüttenstadt / Lotto-Soudal) and Christian Knees (Bonn / Team Ineos) dropped off early and at times gained a lead of 15:30 minutes , On the nine-kilometer climb to Monteroso with an average of nine percent slope top group fell apart to seven drivers. In the final sprint Benedetti finally had the best legs.
On Friday, the favorites for the overall victory must finally put the cards on the table. On the 198-kilometer section from Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale, the Lagu Serru Reservoir is the first mountain finish on the program over 2000 meters. The Italian tour ends on 2 June after 3578.8 kilometers in Verona.
. (tagsToTranslate) Cesare Benedetti (t) Jan Polanc (t) Pascal Ackermann (t) Valerio Conti (t) Primoz Roglic (t) Damiano Caruso (t) Irish Eddie Dunbar