Stage Report:Nico Denz followed compatriot Pascal Ackermann onto the podium of stage 12 of the 2023 Giro d'Italia, winning the German stage twice in a row. The BORA-hansgrohe driver was the fastest in the top three in Rivoli. The second was Toms Skujiņš, and the third was Sebastian Berwick. The ranking in the main groups fell, but the top 10 overall remained unchanged.
Giro d'Italia 2023 | Phase 12 | The last kilometer
Track 12. stage
The stage consists of 50 kilometers of hilly sections, a flat section from Alba to the first pass through Rivoli (75 kilometers) and a final loop with the ascent of Colle Braid (54 kilometers). The first section is full of twists and turns, with endless twists and turns. After Alba, the road is medium wide and mostly flat. Roundabouts and traffic islands characterize the urban area along the closed ring road. The ascent on Colle Braid via Avigliana is 9.8 kilometers long, with gradients of over 7 percent and a maximum of 12 percent. On the descent and towards the finish line, the route is more complicated because it passes through urban areas.
the last mile
The last 3 kilometers are in the urban area of Rivoli. Between the 2 km marker and the red triangle, the road narrows; then the route descends and curves until it meets Corso Einaudi at 750 meters. After the sharp turn, there is a 200-meter uphill climb with an 8% ascent. The flat part (400 m) leads along an asphalted road (9 m wide) and has a slight ascent.
Starting in the bra: Jonathan Milan, Davide Bais, Geraint Thomas and Joao Almeida
The stage was fast from the start. There were many attack attempts, eventually leading to a lead group of 25 riders. Among them are Ilan Van Wilder, Laurens Huys, Sepp Kuss, Michael Matthews and Bauke Mollema. Mollema has three Trek-Segafredo teammates, including Mads Pedersen.
Another tough day for the Giro
As the gap between the leading group and the INEOS Grenadiers-controlled peloton exceeded 1:30, Stefano Oldani, Davide Gabburo, Jonathan Milan, and then Luca Covili and Lorenzo Fortunato tried to overtake it. Leaders Milan fell back, but the other four went further. With 130 km to go, they caught up with the best team, leaving only 29 riders to escape.
Ilan Van Wilder (Soudal Quick-Step), Alex Baudin & Valentin Paret-Painter (AG2R Citroen), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Vadim Pronskiy (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Christian Scaroni & Samuel Battistella (Alpecin-Deceuninck) Jasha Sütterlin (Moderator: Nico Denz). & Patrick Konrad (BORA-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Lastra (Cofidis), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost), Lorenzo Fortunato (EOLO-Comet), Alessandro Tonelli, David Gabburo & Luca Covili Laurens Huys (Intermarket).-Wanty Circus ) , Sebastian Berwick, Marco Frigo and Stephen Williams (Israel-First Tech), Michael Hessmann and Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Einer August Rubio (Movistar). Veljko Stojnić (Corratec), Michael Matthews (Jayco AlUla), Mads Pedersen (Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates).
The action comes from the gun
Ninety kilometers from the finish line, the difference between the leading group and the big group is about three minutes. Front Attack: Denz, Tonelli, Berwick, Skujiņš and Battistella ride the flat roads away from the other escapees. Batistra pulled away after a few kilometers, leaving only four attackers behind. They quickly increased their lead and caught up 3 minutes behind.
Cloudy again, but no rain forecast
The chasing team launched several attacks, but all failed. After 40 kilometers of walking, there was a split. The battalion was divided into several smaller teams, with Bodin, Scaroni and Bettiola in charge. In the first kilometer from Colle Braida, they led by 2:17, but then the gap increased again.
Stephen Williams was one of the first attackers
It was a big upheaval when it was founded
The top four were well ahead of Jack Haig's crashed peloton, nine minutes behind him at the start of the climb. A truce was reached between the GC riders as the favorites sought to conserve energy for Friday's hilly stage.
Ilan Van Wilder celebrates Soudal Quick-Step
Alberto Bettiol wants to participate
At Colle Braidi, Skujiņš made his way through the top ranks. Tonelli was the victim and fell 4 kilometers from the summit. Berwick and Denz persevered and barely followed him. The three will go to the finals, as the ten-man team chasing them is now far behind. The stage leads to Skujiņš, Berwick or Denzo.
Geraint Thomas saw the first attacks
The last three strikers: Berwick, Denz and Skujins
Denz seemed to struggle on the short climb, but with 12 kilometers to go he launched a powerful attack. This puts Berwick behind the pack. Although the Australians managed to return after a few kilometers of pursuit. After that he stopped coming to work. Because of the lead, the trio played poker for the last 2K.
Berwick is playing poker...or is he playing?
Denz took the lead early in the last 500m and Berwick started a sprint with 300m to go, but the Israeli Premier Tech rider didn't have much power in his legs. The dance looks strong. Skujiņš was behind the wheel of the German, but could not overtake him. Danz was by far the fastest and took the win.
Germany's second win in two days
Great wins by a strong driver - Nic Denza
stage winner,Nicole Dance(BORA-Hansgrohe):“This is really big for me. I'm super proud. I shouldn't be on break. It's all up to Patrick Konrad and Bob Jungels. But Bob says he's not at his best and would rather save his energy to help Lennard." It's coming tomorrow so I had to replace it in advance. As I looked around the Separation Zone, there were only monsters. Cooperation on the breakthrough was very bad and I was then in the lead on the last climb. Then I knew the end. I have that in the back of my mind. So I can sprint as I want.”
“It's really big for me. I'm super proud." – Nico Danz
pink sweater,Geraint Thomas(Ineos Grenadier):"Obviously, Pavel Sivakov did a great job despite his fall yesterday. He's definitely in great shape. I hope everything goes well in Switzerland tomorrow and I can win the Tour de Suisse like before. Also defend the Maglia Rosa.”
Ilan Van Wilder brings the second set of the chase in 2 minutes
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Results 12. stage Giro d'Italia:
1. Nico Denz (Germany) vs. BORA-hansgrohe 4:18:11
2. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
3. Sebastian Berwick (Australija) Israel Premier Tech 0:03
4. Alessandro Tonelli (Green Project)-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè 0:58
5. Marco Frigo (Italian) Israel-Premier Tech 2:07
6. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal Quick-Step 2:20
7. Alberto Bettiol (now) EF Education First email
8. Christian Scaroni (Italy) Astana Kazakhstan
9. Michel Hessmann (Germany) Jumbo Visma
10. Alex Baudin (preko) AG2R Citroën.
Giro d'Italia overall after stage 12:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadier 49:02:05
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:02
3. João Almeida (preko) Emirates Emirates 0:22
4. Andreas Leknessund (Norway) DSM, 0:35
5. Damiano Caruso (Italy) Bahrain won 1:28
6. Lennard Kämna (Germany) BORA-hansgrohe, 1:52
7. Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) Jayco AlUla 2:32
8. Thymen Arensman (below)
9. Laurens De Plus (Bel) INEOS Grenadiers 2:36
10. Aurélien Paret-Peintre (author AG2R Citroën, 2:48).