Stage 12 for Fernando Gaviria, Tom Dumoulin keeps Maglia Rosa
May 18 2017 11:09 pm CET

Stage 12 for Fernando Gaviria, Tom Dumoulin keeps Maglia Rosa

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has won the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Colombian crossed the finish line first in the longest stage of the Italian Grand Tour, ahead of Jakub Mareczko and Sam Bennett.

Stage 12 took place between the towns of Forli and Reggio Emilia, in the north of Italy. The route was mostly flat, though it featured two climbs: one of the second category and another of the third.

The day started with an early breakaway that managed to build an advantage of more than seven minutes over the main bunch. Serguei Firsanov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Marco Marcato (UAE-Team Emirates) and Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF) escaped 16 kilometers into the race and stayed ahead for most of the stage.

With 10 kilometers to go, local rider Maestri went ahead by himself, hoping for a solo victory in his home region. But with a little more than five kilometers to go, his dreams were crushed by a peloton led by an Orica-Scott who were working for their sprint star Caleb Ewan.

Lotto-Soudal, Bora-hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors also set a high pace to put their sprinters in front. Shortly after the flamme rouge, Albanian champion Eugert Zhupa (Wilier-Selle) tried to escape but was soon caught by the peloton.

The final meters were fast and at the end Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) showed that he still has the better sprint legs and crossed the finish line ahead of Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Selle), Sam Bennet (Bora-hansgrohe), Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) and his teammate Maximiliano Richeze.

All the favorites arrived safely to the finish line and Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) keeps the leader's jersey for another day.
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media