The peloton, 169 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:18.
Osimo (12:05 – Start): Mostly Cloudy, 19°C. Wind: weak – 8km/h W.
Imola (17:15 – Finish): Variable, 19°C. Wind: weak – 8km/h S.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 13 seconds of time bonuses are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time; a maximum of 90 points are available for the points classification (522 left); and 3 points for the King of the Mountains competition (381 left).
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 47″
3 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) at 1’04”
Stage 12 – Osimo-Imola 214km – total elevation 500m
The stage course is perfectly flat and runs almost entirely along the ss16 Adriatica, on wide and straight roads, for 130km. The route then runs almost straight along the ss9 Via Emilia for a further 60km, leading through Santarcangelo di Romagna, Cesena and Forlì, into the Imola Racetrack and into the final “Tre Monti” circuit.
The final circuit (15.3km) is raced partly within the Imola Racetrack and partly outside it. From the finish line (on the pit straight), the route covers around 3.5km of the track, up to the Variante Alta. Here, the stage course leaves the racetrack (bottleneck), takes the climb leading to Tre Monti (awarding KOM points), and then descends onto quite wide and well-paved roads up to the red flag, which leads to the entry point of the Rivazza corner, approx. 850m before the finish. The last bend is 650m from the finish line, followed by a long home straight, just bending slightly, on 8m-wide and perfectly levelled asphalt road.