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GIRO 2017: Gaviria Wins Stage 12

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Fernando Gaviria claimed his hat-trick of stage wins on stage 12, winning the bunch sprint into Reggio Emilia and extending his lead in the points competition.

The longest day of the Giro saw a reluctance for an early breakaway but eventually Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Marco Marcato (UAE) made a move with Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF) joining the a few miles later.

The trio quickly got a lead of more than 7 minutes on the peloton which was being led by Lotto-Soudal, but the gap started to come down as they hit the first climb of the day at the category 2 Colla di Casaglia.

Dimension Data took over near the top of the climb as Omar Farile tried to take the remaining mountain points with mountains classification leader Jan Polanc battling with him for the points. Fraile took the points and moved into the lead in the mountains classification regardless of what happened on the second climb.

The acceleration by Dimension Data and the fast descent meant that the break’s lead had been cut to less than 4′ as they hit the slopes of the category 3 Valico Appenninico.

The break was kept at a reasonable distance of 3′ by the peloton which was being controlled by Bora-Hansgrohe, Lotto-Soudal, Orica-Scott and Quick-Step as they made sure the catch would be made to allow the sprinters to contest the finish.

Going into the final 15km the break’s lead was just 30″ and with the catch imminent the sprint trains began to get organised. Maestri attacked the break with 13km to go as he rode into his home town of Reggio Emilia but he was always going to be caught and he was absorbed at 7km to go.

With 5km to go Movistar were on the front to protect Quintana but were soon replaced by Bora who were looking to set up Bennett. Lotto-Soudal and Quick-Step both set up shop on opposite sides of the road as the pace increased ahead of the sprint.

Bennett’s lead out man Selig was in prime position as he rounded the bend at 400m to go with Bennett on his wheel but Gaviria’s lead out man Richeze had anticipated the move and followed Bennett’s wheel, allowing Gaviria to come from behind and take the stage. 

Giro d’Italia 2017 Stage 12: Forli>Reggio Emilia (229km)

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step – Ita) 4:23:14″
2 Jakub Mareczk0 (Wilier-Triestina – Ita)
3 Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe – Irl)
4 Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb – Ger)
5 Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step – Arg)
6 Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data – RSA)
7 Sacha Modolo (UAE – Ita)
8 Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal – Ger)
9 Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo – Bel)
10 Roberto Ferrari (UAE – Ita)

Position Name (Team – Nationality) Time
1 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb – Ned) 52:41:08″
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar – Col) +2’23”
3 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo – Ned) +2’38”
4 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ – Fra) +2’40”
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida – Ita) +2’47”
6 Andrey Amador (Movistar – CRc) +3’05”
7 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step – Lux) +3’56”
8 Tanel Kangert (Astana – Est) +3’59”
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R – Ita) +4’05”
10 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha – Alpecin – Rus) +4’17”

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