Andrea Vendrame has won Giro d'Italia stage 12!
Andrea Vendrame, nicknamed “joker” after the cinematic anti-hero, delivered Italy’s second stage win on the Giro’s 12th day of racing following Filippo Ganna’s victory in the inaugural time trial in Turin. The versatile rider from Veneto beat Australia’s Chris Hamilton in a two man sprint in Bagno di Romagna after they rode away from a front group of 16 riders, including Vendrame’s teammate Geoffrey Bouchard who significantly extended his lead in the King of the Mountains competition today. Placing third on the line, Gianluca Brambilla was later relegated to 4th place after irregular sprinting and George Bennett moved up to 3rd place.
Back in the peloton, Vincenzo Nibali and Giulio Ciccone attacked towards the top of the last climb. Nibali forged on during the descent to cross the line with an advantage of 7’’ over the Maglia Rosa’s group. Egan Bernal remained in the lead of the overall classification in a stage marred by the withdrawals of former race leader Alessandro De Marchi and Stage 6 winner Gino Mäder, as well as Marc Soler who was in contention for a good GC ranking.
1 – Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroen Team) – 212km in 5h43’48”, average speed 36.998 km/h
2 – Christopher Hamilton (Team DSM) s.t.
3 – George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) at 15”
1 – Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers)
2 – Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana – Premier Tech) at 45”
3 – Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) at 1’12”
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo Zanetti – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroen Team)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Intimissimi Uomo – Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), worn by Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana – Premier Tech)
The Giro d’Italia race organisers congratulate Elia Viviani, who was chosen alongside Jessica Rossi by the Italian National Olympic Committee CONI, as a representative of Italian riders at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. This nomination is an honour for the entire cycling movement.