Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroen Team) won stage 12 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia today, picking up his career where he left it in 2019.
Andrea Vendrame is one of those hard to place riders who is sometimes called a sprinter but is really one of those Sonny Colbrelli types, strong as a team of oxen, but with a fast finish after a hard stage. In the spring of 2019, he seemed ready for a breakthrough of sorts when, during a ten day period in April, he won a stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe, finished second in the Tour du Finistère, then first in the Tro-Bro Léon, the Strade Bianche of the French northwest. In the final week of the Giro, he was the fastest finisher, on paper, in a three-man breakaway with Estaben Chaves and Amaro Antunes, but shipped his chain at the strategic moment, and came away second. The stage win would have changed his career, as would first instead of seventh at the Giro della Toscana, ninth at the Coppa Sabatini, and fourth in the Tre Valli Varesine.