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GIRO’23 Stage 12: Denz Dances to the Win in Rivoli!


Stage Report: Two German stage wins in a row as Nico Denz adopted his countryman, Pascal Ackermann, onto the rostrum of stage 12 of the 2023 Giro d’Italia. The BORA-hansgrohe rider had the quickest dash of a number one group of three in Rivoli. Toms Skujiņš was second, Sebastian Berwick third. The peloton got here in effectively down, however there was no change of the general high 10.


Giro d’Italia 2023 | Stage 12 | Final KM

The stage 12 route
The stage route places collectively a hilly part of 50km, a flat drag from Alba to the primary go by way of Rivoli (75km), and a last circuit (54km) that includes the Colle Braida climb. The primary part is wavy and winding, with countless bends and undulations. Previous Alba, the roads are reasonably huge and principally straight. The city areas alongside the closing circuit are dotted with roundabouts and site visitors islands. The Colle Braida climb, previous Avigliana, is 9.8km lengthy, with gradients above 7% and topping out at 12%. Alongside the descent and within the method to the end, the route is extra intricate because it runs by way of city areas.

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Remaining kilometres
The final 3km are contained in the city space of Rivoli. The roadway narrows between the 2km marker and the purple triangle; the route then descends and bends, merging onto Corso Einaudi with 750m to go. After a pointy left hander, the route rises at 8% gradients for 200m. The house straight (400m) is on tarmac street (9m huge) and on a slight incline.

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The jerseys line up at first in Bra: Jonathan Milan, Davide Bais, Geraint Thomas and Joao Almeida

The stage was quick from the beginning. There have been many assault makes an attempt, which ultimately led to a number one group of twenty-five riders. These embody Ilan Van Wilder, Laurens Huys, Sepp Kuss, Michael Matthews and Bauke Mollema. Mollema had three Trek-Segafredo teammates, together with Mads Pedersen.

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One other robust day on the Giro

When the hole between the main group and the INEOS Grenadiers managed peloton was greater than 1:30, Stefano Oldani, Davide Gabburo, Jonathan Milan after which Luca Covili and Lorenzo Fortunato tried to leap throughout. Factors chief, Milan dropped again, however the different 4 pushed on. With 130 kilometres to go they caught the entrance group to provide us 29 riders within the escape.

The ‘Break of the Day’: Ilan Van Wilder (Soudal Fast-Step), Alex Baudin & Valentin Paret-Peintre (AG2R Citroën), Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Vadim Pronskiy, Christian Scaroni & Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan), Jasha Sütterlin (Bahrain Victorious), Nico Denz & Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe), Jonathan Lastra (Cofidis), Alberto Bettiol (EF Schooling-EasyPost), Lorenzo Fortunato (EOLO-Kometa), Alessandro Tonelli, Davide Gabburo & Luca Covili (Inexperienced Challenge-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè), Laurens Huys (Intermarché-Circus Wanty), Sebastian Berwick, Marco Frigo & Stephen Williams (Israel-Premier Tech), Michael Hessmann & Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Einer Augusto Rubio (Movistar), Veljko Stojnić (Corratec), Michael Matthews (Jayco AlUla), Mads Pedersen, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Bauke Mollema & Toms Skujiņš (Trek-Segafredo) and Davide Formolo (UAE Group Emirates).

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The motion got here from the gun

Ninety kilometres from the end, the distinction between the main group and the peloton was about 3 minutes. An assault got here on the entrance: Denz, Tonelli, Berwick, Skujiņš and Battistella rode away from the opposite escapees on a flat part. Battistella fell again after just a few kilometres, leaving simply 4 attackers. They shortly expanded their lead they usually quickly had 3 minutes on the chasers.

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One other cloudy day, however no rain was forecast

There have been a number of assaults from the chase group, however that got here to nothing. With 40 kilometres to go, there was a break up. The massive group broke into a number of smaller teams, with Baudin, Scaroni and Bettiol on the entrance. They had been at 2:17 within the first kilometres of the Colle Braida, however then the distinction elevated once more.

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Stephen Williams was one of many early attackers

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It was a giant break when it shaped

The 4 on the entrance had been effectively forward of the peloton, the place Jack Haig had crashed, was already 9 minutes down at first of the climb. There was a truce between the GC riders, because the favourites wished save their energy for Friday’s mountain stage.

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Ilan Van Wilder was flying the flag for Soudal Fast-Step

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Alberto Bettiol was eager to be within the motion

On the Colle Braida, Skujiņš pushed onerous within the main group. Tonelli was the sufferer, he was dropped 4 kilometres from the highest. Berwick and Denz had been hanging on and solely simply capable of comply with. They three would trip to the ultimate, as a result of the chasing group, which now consisted of about ten riders, was far behind. The stage would go to Skujiņš, Berwick or Denz.

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Geraint Thomas was maintaining a tally of the early assaults

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The final three up entrance: Berwick, Denz and Skujins

Denz appeared to have a tough time on a brief climb, however made a powerful assault 12 kilometres from the end. This left Berwick off the again of the group. Though after just a few kilometres of chasing, the Australian was capable of return. He didn’t come by way of to work after that. Due to the massive lead, the three had been capable of play some poker within the final 2 kilometres.

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Berwick was enjoying poker… or was he?

Denz had the lead at first of the final 500 metres, Berwick began his dash 300 meters from the road however, the Israel-Premier Tech rider didn’t have an excessive amount of in his legs. Denz was trying sturdy. Skujiņš was on the wheel of the German, however couldn’t go him. Denz was by far the quickest and took the win.

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The second German win in two days

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Massive win for a powerful rider – Nico Denz

Stage winner, Nico Denz (BORA-hansgrohe): “It’s actually large for me. I’m tremendous proud. I used to be not purported to be within the break. It was as much as Patrick Konrad and Bob Jungels. However Bob mentioned he wasn’t at his greatest and he most popular to avoid wasting vitality to assist Lennard Kämna tomorrow so I needed to change him on the entrance. After I seemed round me within the breakaway there have been solely monsters. Cooperation within the breakaway was very dangerous then I discovered myself on the entrance on the final climb. Then I knew the finale. I had it in my thoughts. So I may dash the way in which I wished.”

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“It’s actually large for me. I’m tremendous proud.” – Nico Denz

The Maglia Rosa, Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers): “Clearly Pavel Sivakov rode very effectively right this moment regardless of his crash yesterday. He’s undoubtedly in a good condition. Hopefully it’s all good tomorrow in Switzerland and I can defend the Maglia Rosa the identical approach I received the Tour de Suisse earlier than.”

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Ilan Van Wilder introduced within the second chase group at over 2 minutes

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Giro d’Italia Stage 12 Consequence:
1. Nico Denz (Ger)b BORA-hansgrohe in 4:18:11
2. Toms Skujiņš (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
3. Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech at 0:03
4. Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Inexperienced Challenge-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè at 0:58
5. Marco Frigo (Ita) Israel-Premier Tech at 2:07
6. Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Soudal Fast-Step at 2:20
7. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Schooling-EasyPost
8. Christian Scaroni (Ita) Astana Qazaqstan
9. Michel Hessmann (Ger) Jumbo-Visma
10. Alex Baudin (Fra) AG2R Citroën.

Giro d’Italia Total After Stage 12:
1. Geraint Thomas (GB) INEOS Grenadiers in 49:02:05
2. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma at 0:02
3. João Almeida (Por) UAE Group Emirates at 0:22
4. Andreas Leknessund (Nor) DSM at 0:35
5. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious at 1:28
6. Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:52
7. Eddie Dunbar (Irl) Jayco AlUla at 2:32
8. Thymen Arensman (Ned) INEOS Grenadiers
9. Laurens De Plus (Bel) INEOS Grenadiers at 2:36
10. Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën at 2:48.


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