Italian Benedetti wins Giro d'Italia 12th stage as Polanc takes Pink

Italy's Cesare Benedetti won the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia in the Italian Alps ahead of compatriot Damiano Caruso. Slovenian Jan Polanc took the overall lead

It was the first win for 31-year-old Bora rider Benedetti who led a long break-away group in the first mountain stage after the 158km run from Cuneo.

Polanc, also among the leading group, took the leader's pink jersey from UAE Emirates teammate Valerio Conti of Italy.

Benedetti crossed just ahead of Bahrain-Merida's Caruso with Ireland's Edward Dunbar of Team INEOS third.

"I've worked a lot for the others in the past but today I got my opportunity," said Benedetti, "I'm not a talent, I'm not (usually) a winner, but the way I finished it off is exactly what I wanted to do."

It was the third stage win for Benedetti's Bora team after Germany's Pascal Ackermann's two sprint wins.

The first 15 finishers had all been part of a large early breakaway that  built up a sizeable advantage. Polanc finished 25 seconds behind Benedetti but more than nine minutes ahead of Conti and more than seven minutes ahead of fellow Slovene Primoz Roglic, who climbed to second

Behind the breakaway, the opening skirmishes between the favourites occurred in the main climb of the day, Montoso, the first ranked in the top category of this Giro.

Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez, third in 2018 Giro, and Spaniard Mikel Landa went on the attack, 37km from the finish, taking about 30 seconds on their direct rivals in the standings.

Polanc -- a 27-year-old Slovenian who has won two Giro stages, each time in the mountains -- pulled on the pink jersey for the first time.

"It was a team tactic that I'd go in the breakaway so we could have a better control over the race," said Polanc, "It was also a way to keep the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) in the team. We were lucky to be able to play these cards and I'm very happy to have the jersey. I was thinking about the stage win as well but being the virtual leader I had to pull a lot more than others."

Stage 13 is high-mountain stage over 196km and features three difficult summits --  Colle del Lys, Pian del Lupo and the final Colle del Nivolet climb, leading to Lago Serru, on a route that includes gradients of up to 15 precent.

VIDEO: 2019 Giro d'Italia Stage 12 Highlights

2019 Giro d'Italia Stage 12 Top 10

1 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:41:49
2 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:00
3 Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos 0:00:00
4 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:02
5 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:06
6 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:25
7 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:34
8 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:36
9 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:02:36
10 Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:02:38

2019 Giro d'Italia GC after Stage 12

1 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 48:49:40
2 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:04:07
3 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:04:51
4 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:05:02
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:05:51
6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:02
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:00
8 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team 0:07:23
9 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:07:30
10 Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First 0:07:33

 
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