The German rider André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) has won Stage 12 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, 182km from Noale to Bibione, his third stage victory in this edition. Caleb Ewan (Orica Greenedge) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) finished second and third respectively.
Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step) remains the race leader overall and keeps the Maglia Rosa.
1 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) – 182km in 4h16’00”, average speed 42.656km/h
2 – Caleb Ewan (Orica Greenedge) s.t.
3 – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: “Our plan was to arrive with the whole team at the front of the peloton for the last lap. Chapeau to my team-mates, especially to Jurgen Roelandts for his lead-out. I left a bit of a gap behind him but I had really good legs for the final sprint. I’m sorry to leave the Giro with the Maglia Rossa but my season is full of goals and I need to rest. I’ve already achieved so much at the Giro”.
The Maglia Rosa said: “It was like I said before: at the Giro even the sprinters’ stages aren’t easy. But I paid a lot of attention in the corners. It was a good decision to neutralize the last lap for the overall classification. Now I’m looking forward to defending the Maglia Rosa in the mountains. I’ll do it with all the power I have. We’ll see if it’s enough to hold off the other GC contenders. I don’t know how I am compared to them. I don’t expect too much from myself but I’ll do my best”.