Bonifazio 3rd, Mohorič again in the battle and Pozzovivo keeps 4th in GC
Giro d’Italia – Amore infinito
Imola, May 167th– Stage 12; Osimo – Imola – 21Bonifazio 4 km
The 214km stage from Osimo to Imola was a flat one until a twisty finale, finishing in the Imola circuit.
Todays’ TBM stratgy from the sport directors Volpi / Hoffman / Miholjević was very clear to the riders; to watch out for Domenico Pozzovivo to keep him safe and to bring Niccoló Bonifazio high positioned before the last kilometers and the entrance to the famous Imola circiut (15.3km) that was raced partialy within the Imola racetrack and partialy outside it.
The race went quite well in its’ first half, the peloton splitter into 2 parts, but later on we have seen a stage on a rain soaked finale. Matej Mohorič, again took over his role and confidence at such heavy weather conditions by attacking and getting to the lead and keeping the small gap with Carlos Betancour (Movistar) until the last 400 meters when Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) showed the a long range sprint on the Imola circuit. Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) sprinted to the 2nd place, and Niccoló Bonifazio to another 3rd place at Giro 101.
«I’m happy with the final. I had good legs and I resisted on the climb, where the speed was high. Bennet went for a long sprint and too bad that I didn’t follow him immediately”.
“Today was a hard stage because of the wet weather and roads. At the last climb www went really fast ad the guys started attacking and I followed along and Betancour with whom I found myself in the front after the descent didn’t wand to collaborate with me at all. As I knew that he is fast in the sprint and as I have won the stage two days ago, I realized that that it would be hard to push more and the group caught us back again”.
Domenico Pozzovivo ;
«Roads were wet and suddenly there was heavy rain. Someone might have understood the difficulty of that moment and accelerated. So I found myself in the second group. Happily I was able to bridge the gap thanks to the help of my teammates and the work of other teams that have GC men in my group. In the final I tried to stay at the front to avoid any surprise. Legs are good and I’m optimistic for the next stages“.
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