Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia, beating his breakaway counterparts, Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) and Eddie Dunbar (Team Ineos).
Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia saw the first real mountain of the race, as the 158km stage included the 9km Montoso climb. At 9.3% average gradient, it was a beast of climb that peaked with 32km to go.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka got the stage off with a bang as Enrico Gasparotto and Danilo Wyss infiltrated the 24 rider break of the day. The peloton let the big group gain as much as 15-minutes before starting to try and reel them in.
There was no hiding on the Montoso climb, whether in the break or peloton. 6 riders from the original break went clear of their counterparts at the head of the race, Gasparotto & Wyss both chasing the leaders over the top of the climb.
From the peloton, we were looking to Ben O’Connor to hang with the favourites but unfortunately our young Australian was not on the best of days. However, he did have Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier to provide support all the way to the finish in Pinerolo.
At the line, Gasparotto would be our first home in 15th and Wyss crossed the line in 17th. By arriving 4-minutes ahead of the main favourites, Gasparotto made a big leap up the GC, to now place 11th overall. O’Connor slipped a few spots, now sitting in 38th.
Today would also mark the final stage of Giacomo Nizzolo’s 2019 Giro d’Italia. With no real clear opportunities for the sprinters remaining in the race, he heads home this evening to prepare for the next races on our calendar.