Giro 12: About a Sprint

It was all about it. A flat stage, a tricky urban finale, a bunch sprint and a new victory by Andre Greipel. The last one in this Giro though...

Andre Greipel:
"I'm sorry to leave the Giro with the Maglia Rossa but my season is full of goals and I need to rest".
“It was already quite strong of the team to keep me there at the front and still be there for the lead out. It was amazing to follow the wheels of my teammates today. The plan was Jurgen Roelandts would hit the last corner first, and leave a little bit of a gap and then I could accelerate in his slipstream. It worked out really good. I wanted to do the sprint from the corner and I’m happy that it worked out like that.

Bob Jungels:
"Today was a quiet day, but tomorrow things will be different and I expect a hard stage" 
“Today was difficult because of the rain, but we had good clothes for this kind of conditions and it made things easier. The organizers took a wise decision to stop the clock on the circuit, as this helped us arrive safely at the finish line”, said Bob – who’s leading a Grand Tour for the first time in his career – before sharing his thoughts on tomorrow’s stage, one which will include four categorized climbs: “The high mountains await us on Friday and I’m not sure what to expect. My shape is good, but I’m not getting carried away; after all, this is my debut Giro. As I said earlier this week, I will take it day by day and see what happens. All that came and will come since taking the pink jersey is a bonus.”

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni:
"It was clear from the start that a big group wasn't going to be allowed to go and we weren't keen on Sebastian being out in a small group all day, only to be caught late on. We would have tried if a bigger group had gone. After the two men went, the only thing to do was get to the final safely.Christian does a lot of work for his team-mates and today we thought he could have a go for himself. He had freedom, but obviously it didn't work out.Tomorrow is a different type of stage and the guys are ready for it. Friday and Saturday should provide good opportunities for Sebastian and Mikel [Nieve] ahead of the time trial on Sunday."

Caleb Ewan:
“We are getting closer and closer. Luka (Mezgec) and the guys did a great job in getting me up there today and you can see that the work we have been putting in is starting to pay off, it was very close.
Obviously I’m disappointed not to get the win, it is such a hard race but I’m gaining lots of valuable experience on every stage and Luka and myself are developing really well together.”

Team D-Data DS Jean Pierre Heynderickx:
"On paper it was a pure sprinters stage and we have a sprinter here, Kristian. He is sick, he has had bronchitis for two days so we had one goal, to bring Kristian to a good position to sprint but it’s not easy if you have to bring a sick rider to try and make a result. The 2nd thing was to keep our GC riders, Kanstantsin and Igor Anton in a good position, especially with the bad weather. There was some crosswind and a local lap of 8km with 14 turns in, so it was dangerous in the peloton as some splits could happen and you lose seconds but in the end we kept our GC riders in a good position and Kristian was fighting in the sprint."

Giacomo Nizzolo:
"I had to spend a lot of energy in the circuits to stay up front; it was really chaoticI had to push left and right to find my way through many riders. In the last kilometer I had to decide whether to make an effort to take the wheel of Greipel or stay where I was. I decided to stay where I was and give everything after the corner. But then in the corner somebody made a gap. I made a good sprint for the third place because the first two were gone. I got another podium today, but I really have the legs to do better. It is not easy to organize in stages like this, and in the end Greipel has shown to be once again stronger. But I have to look ahead now and we'll see for the next stages. To get the maglia rossa and a victory would be the best, absolutely top, and both are still an objective for us. We will keep working to get both." 



1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 4:16:00
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
5 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
6 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
7 Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
8 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
9 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
10 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
11 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
12 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha
13 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
14 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
15 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 49:32:20
2 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:24
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:07  
4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:09
6 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:02:01
7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:25
8 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:43
9 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:45
10 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:02:47
11 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:03:12  
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:03:39
13 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:56  
14 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:01
15 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:04:27
16 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 0:04:33
17 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:04:59
18 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team
19 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:49
20 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:07:21
21 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:09:42
22 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data 0:09:58
23 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:05
24 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:12:52
25 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:13:31  
26 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:13:42
Pink and White: Bob Jungels
Blue: Damiano Cunego
Red: Andre Greipel

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