Giro d’Italia Stage 12: Bunch Sprint in Bibione19. May 2016, Bibione (ITA) — Road Team
A bunch sprint on Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia came as no surprise on the flattest stage of this year’s race, which saw Rick Zabel cross the line in ninth place.
Daniel Oss attacked solo early in the race and was later joined by Micro Maestri (Bardiani-CSF), however the duo was kept on a tight leash by Lotto Soudal who were keen to see a sprint finish.
Oss was reeled in with 22 kilometers to go, after claiming both intermediate sprints, as the peloton approached the first of three laps of the finishing circuit in Bibione. Rick Zabel was positioned well in the small group of sprinters who vied for the win, eventually crossing in ninth place.
Quotes of the Day
“It was a stage for a breakaway in some ways because of the rain and bad weather. With the bad weather the final circuit could have played out well for a breakaway as it was tricky with lots of corners. It was a good day more or less, but there were a few teams who were focused on controlling the race for a bunch sprint, so we didn’t have much of a chance of staying away. We went for the points at the intermediate sprints and we got them.”
“It was a really technical finishing circuit so I tried to enter in the best position. Manuel Quinziato did a great job to protect me and keep me out of the wind and then it was my job to stay there until the final. It is always pretty hectic on a circuit with lots of corners but once you are in the front, it’s easier to stay there especially when the circuit is tight so it’s harder for more people to come from out of nowhere. In the sprint I just tried to hold my position as much as possible. I felt good and I had good legs, even after crashing yesterday.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“We had four guys in mind for the breakaway today, Daniel Oss, Stefan Küng, Joey Rosskopf and Manuel Quinziato, but on the final we really wanted Stefan to try and shake things up. If it had been raining on the finishing circuit it would have been a totally different race. But we knew quite a few hours before the finish that it was dry so we had a good idea that it would play out in a bunch sprint.”
“The breakaway was controlled well by Lotto Soudal, so they never really had more than a two-minute gap. They were kept just down the road for the whole race. But Daniel got the sprint points so he’s moved up in the sprint jersey competition now. We have to try where he can, so at the end of the day I’m pretty happy.”
“It was good to see Rick up there again in the top ten. We weren’t sure how we would feel after the crash yesterday so we gave him a free run in the finish to see how the legs were, and obviously they were feeling pretty good.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 12 Noale to Bibione (182km)
Top 3: Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE), Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo)
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