Cesare Benedetti celebrates first pro victory in Giro d'Italia: It's a fantastic day for me
May 24 2019 05:04 am CET

Cesare Benedetti celebrates first pro victory in Giro d'Italia: It's a fantastic day for me
Cesare Benedetti celebrates first pro victory in Giro d'Italia: It's a fantastic day for me
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Cesare Benedetti has taken his first professional victory at the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia. The rider was part of the breakaway that survived until the finish line and won after launching a strong sprint.

The 31-year-old was part of the 24-man escape of the day and managed to stay in the front group despite the difficulty of the climbs and the high pace set by the rest of the group. The Italian launched his sprint at the right moment of the final metres and managed to cross the line in the first position, finally getting the chance to celebrate a victory of his own.

"I usually work hard for my teammates and today I had the opportunity to go into the breakaway to try something," the Italian explained. "We decided before the stage, that if a large breakaway group got away, then I would try to make it in that group. On the climb, I was forced to fall back somewhat, but eventually, I was able to make contact with them again.

"The three riders who got away and rode on the front hesitated a bit and then I took my chance and in the end, I was able to cross the line first. It's a fantastic day for me and I'm very happy. Over the last few days, I was happy for my teammates and their success, and now I can also celebrate the fact that I was also able to take my own win here at the Giro."







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