Giro d’Italia Stage 12: Bunch Sprint in Reggio Emilia18. May 2017, Reggio Emilia (ITA) — Road Team
After a day of climbing on stage 11, the Giro d’Italia went back to flatter terrain for stage 12 which ended in a bunch sprint in Reggio Emilia, won by Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors).
Only three riders were interested in making the breakaway on the 229km stage, Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF), Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom – Rusvelo), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates), and the peloton sat up almost immediately.
The trio established an advantage of more than seven minutes, however the peloton controlled the race to keep the gap sitting around four minutes for the majority of the stage.
Two categorized climbs and two sprints were on the cards in the first 150km, following which the peloton started their chase with a bunch sprint in mind.
As the peloton passed under the 20km to go banner, the advantage was down to 48 seconds and with 7km remaining, the catch was made.
All of BMC Racing Team’s riders crossed the line safely in what was a quieter, but fast, day of racing.
Quotes from Race Car with Maximilian Sciandri:
“It was just a fast day, a sprinter’s day, and with it being a long stage, it’s not surprising that they went fast to get it out of the way. We had the guys on the look out for the breakaway today but in the end only three riders went clear and it wasn’t worth put someone in it, especially because of how long the stage was. We knew it would come down to a bunch sprint as there were a lot of motivated teams for that. You need these kind of stages in a Grand Tour. They break it up a bit and are welcomed by most riders after a couple of really tough days. But, the guys are pretty tired still. It was 230km and pretty full on all day, a pretty high average as well. Everyone got through it safely and that’s what is important.”
Stage 12 Forli > Reggio Emilia (229km)
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors), 2. Jakub Mareczko (Willier Trestina – Selle Italia), 3. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 34. Joey Rosskopf, 59. Tejay van Garderen, 67. Ben Hermans
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