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2012 Giro d'Italia Stage 21 Results

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) has won the 2012 Giro d'Italia and stands tall as the first Canadian to win a grand tour. Hesjedal managed to finish a full 47 seconds ahead of overnight leader Joaquin Rodríguez (Katusha) in the final time trial in Milan, but with a winning gap of only 16 seconds. Hesjedal effectively won the TT when he got to his first time check and then gradually ate into the time Rodriguez had set. Full congratulations go out to Rodriguez however who has put in a mighty effort throughout the Giro. Third place went to Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), who consolidated his outstanding win yesterday. It was an excellent day for racing and as soon as he took off it was clear that Marco Pinotti (BMC) was a driven man; when he powered over the line (overtaking a couple of contenders on his way), Pinotti had won the stage by a solid 39 seconds over his closest rival on the TT, Geraint Thomas (Sky).

 

Ryder Hesjdedal, winner of the 2012 Giro d'Italia. (Photo: AFP).

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

PINOTTI Marco

ITA

BMC

33:06

0:00

 

2

THOMAS Geraint

GBR

SKY

33:45

0:39

 

3

SERGENT Jesse

NZL

RNT

33:59

0:53

 

4

RASMUSSEN Alex

DEN

GRM

34:06

1:00

 

5

DE GENDT Thomas

BEL

VCD

34:07

1:01

 

6

HESJEDAL Ryder

CAN

GRM

34:15

1:09

 

7

LARSSON Gustav Erik

SWE

VCD

34:20

1:14

 

8

BODNAR Maciej

POL

LIQ

34:21

1:15

 

9

TUFT Svein

CAN

OGE

34:28

1:22

 

10

VERMOTE Julien

BEL

OPQ

34:29

1:23

 

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

1

HESJEDAL Ryder

CAN

GRM

91:39:02

0:00

2

RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin

ESP

KAT

91:39:18

0:16

3

DE GENDT Thomas

BEL

VCD

91:40:41

1:39

4

SCARPONI Michele

ITA

LAM

91:41:07

2:05

5

BASSO Ivan

ITA

LIQ

91:42:46

3:44

6

CUNEGO Damiano

ITA

LAM

91:43:42

4:40

7

URAN URAN Rigoberto

COL

SKY

91:44:59

5:57

8

POZZOVIVO Domenico

ITA

COG

91:45:30

6:28

9

HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis

COL

SKY

91:46:52

7:50

10

NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel

ESP

EUS

91:47:10

8:08

2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 20 Results

It was a big day for Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM), winning the 20th stage of the 2012 Giro d”Italia, with Damiano Cunego (Lampre) taking second and Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) in third. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) however, retains his hold on the Maglia Rosa. It appears that the podium positions in tomorrows final are taking shape with Hesjedal holding onto second place overall. Third place is a toss up between Scarponi and Basso; but as with all racing, it is still anyone’s game on the TT. There was a number of disqualifications today as several riders were caught hanging on to team cars - Robert Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda), Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Dominique Rollin (FDJ-Big Mat) and Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel-Euskadi).  The Mortirolo beckoned next, and with an gradient of as much as 21%, it was clearly going to hurt a lot of riders after yesterdays punishing stage. Even Rabottini (King of the Mountains) couldn’t keep up the pace and fell back to the main group. At the 30km to go point, most of the outliers were being reigned in. At the 16.5km De Gendt made his move; Cunego made a move but couldn’t match a second attack by De Gendt. The Maglia Rosa group attempted to try and close the gap but didn’t make any tangible difference; Basso surrendered leaving only Hesjedal, Rodriguez and Scarponi together. A clearly exhausted De Gendt had done it with Cunego second just under a minute later, followed by Nivel at 2:500.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

DE GENDT Thomas

BEL

VCD

6:54:41

0:00

 

2

CUNEGO Damiano

ITA

LAM

6:55:37

0:56

 

3

NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel

ESP

EUS

6:57:31

2:50

 

2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 19 Results

Astana’s Roman Kreuziger climbed to victory in stage 19 at the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Kreuziger was 19 seconds ahead of Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda). This stage is possibly the most brutal thus far; 197km and a total of five categorised climbs, At the 15km mark, the first breakaway formed and consisted of 17 riders building up a lead of over seven minutes by the time they reached the first categorised climb with about 130km to go. Whilst Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat) was the only GC contender in the bunch, there must have been some concern within the peloton as there were a number of solid mountain goats that they’d need to reign in before they built too strong a lead in the climbs.  As the race climbed, the cracks began to emerge, Andrea Guardini the first to go, followed by Ballan (BMC). Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) was solid in the main group as was Scarponi, Hesjedal and Rodriguez. It was a this point that we saw the beginnings of Kreuziger’s attempt. And at 25km to go Kreuziger attacked from the main peloton. With 1.5km left Kreuziger looked like he might be in trouble with the main contenders hunting him down. But the Astana rider held on for the win.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

KREUZIGER Roman

CZE

AST

6:18:03

0:00

 

2

HESJEDAL Ryder

CAN

GRM

6:18:22

0:19

 

3

RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin

ESP

KAT

6:18:35

0:32

 

2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 18 Results

In an impressive effort against some of the titans of the sport, Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) has won 18 stage of the Giro d’Italia. The young Italian silenced his critics and finished ahead of Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) and Roberto Ferrari (Androni). A relatively short stage from San Vito Cardore to Vedelago, the course was ideal for the sprinters to fight it out for what is probably their last chance at a stage win. Essentially Guardini’s win was one of timing: he managed to launch his assault just as Cavendish was preparing his own. Earlier, while most teams were licking their wounds from yesterday’s stage in the Dolomites, there was still a break quite early on, consisting of Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank), Stef Clement (Rabobank), Pier Paolo De Negri (Farnese Vini) and Angelo Pagani (Colnago-CSF Inox). Cavendish claimed the intermediate sprint at 84km. Another attempt was made by Clement (Rabobank), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team), Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol Team) and Mickael Delage (FDJ-Big Mat). Keisen was the most threatening but Team Sky and then eventually other teams rolled up all outliers and it came down to the sprinters, with Guardini the top dog for the day.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

1

RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin

ESP

KAT

40:27:34

0:00

2

HESJEDAL Ryder

CAN

GRM

40:27:51

0:17

3

TIRALONGO Paolo

ITA

AST

40:28:06

0:32

2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 17 Results

Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) has won stage 17 at Cortina d'Ampezzo in the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Rodriguez was just that little bit better on the final dash and crossed the line ahead of Ivan Basso (Liquigas Cannondale), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda), Rigoberto Uran (Sky), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF). In doing so Rodriguez has retained the pink jersey and fortified his hold on the overall standings. There were a number of breakaways, notably a group of five riders at the 50km point Rabottini (Farnese-Vini), Samoilau (Movistar), Seeldraeyers (Astana), Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale), and Serpa (Androni) with Rabottini, extend his lead in the mountains classification when he took the points on  the Falzarego. At the Passo Duran the gap had shrunk to 1:30. Liquigas was in control although all the contenders were together so it was still anyone’s day if they had the legs to get through the next climbs. At the Forcella, Kreuziger was the first of the main contenders to shut down and fell behind. As the Passo Giau loomed Liquigas attacked and as a result there only the six leading riders left to fight it out.  As they approached the finish, with Basso and Scarponi fighting it out, it was Rodriguez who swooped and with a sudden burst of power took the win.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin

ESP

KAT

4:25:05

0:00

20"

2

HUZARSKI Bartosz

POL

APP

4:25:07

0:02

12"

3

VISCONTI Giovanni

ITA

MOV

4:25:07

0:02

8"

2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Results

Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has won stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia, after escaping the 10-man breakaway group on the final climb. Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela) and Stef Clement (Rabobank) managed second and third respectively. The breakaway group which made its attempt at the 80km mark consisted of Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team), Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Luca Mazzanti (Farnese Vini-Sella Italia), Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Belisol), Nicolas Maes (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), José Herrada Lopez (Movistar), Stef Clement (Rabobank), Matthias Brändle (NetApp) and Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank). The peloton were not in the pursuing mood today and at one point the breakaway was a good 12 minutes ahead. The real action was amongst the lead group with Herrada, Frank, Izagirre, De Marchi and Clement all vying for the advantage. The favourites all cruised in together in what was in essence a recovery ride for many.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon

ESP

EUS

4:02:00

0:00

20"

2

DE MARCHI Alessandro

ITA

AND

4:02:16

0:16

12"

3

CLEMENT Stef

NED

RAB

4:02:16

0:16

8"

Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage​ 15 Results

Local rider Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) has made his mark on the Giro d’Italia with a deserving win in Lecco at Stage 15 of the race. In poor weather conditions, the gruelling 172km stage was effectively dominated by Rabottini for its entirety. Even he came unstuck near the end of the race and lost valuable time. However, Rabottini had deep reserves, both physical and psychological, and fended off all challengers. There was a second breakaway group behind Rabottini that included Cunego (Lampre ISD), Androni’s Sella (Androni), Txurruka (Euskaltel), Losada (Katusha), Bruseghin (Movistar) Amador and Pinotti (BMC). The only rider who looked as though he would catch Rabottini was Rodriguez (Katusha) who pushed through the field and came within 400 metres, but just couldn’t get there. However, the Spaniards effort was enough to win him back the Maglia Rosa off Canada’s Hesjedal (Garmin Barracuda). This doesn’t bode well for Hesjedal, but rest days can be as much a hindrance as a blessing so it’s anyone’s guess as to who will dominate the remaining stages of the Giro for 2012.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

RABOTTINI Matteo

ITA

FAR

5:15:30

0:00

 

2

RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin

ESP

KAT

5:15:30

0:00

 

3

LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto

ESP

KAT

5:15:53

0:23

 
 
Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage​ 14 Results

Andrey Amador (Movistar) has won the first high mountain stage of the Giro for 2012, and is proof positive that being part of a well timed (and lucky) escape group can yield handsome rewards. Jan Barta (NetApp) managed second and Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giacattoli) garnered third. As expected the Maglia Rosa has passed to Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) who has now accrued a nine second lead on Rodriguez (Katusha). What is remarkable about Amador is that the man has clearly had some serious hurdles in his career. He was nearly murdered in a robbery in Costa Rica in 2011 but managed to race a month later. A lacklustre 2011 Tour de France effort belied his inner strength and in his second crack at the Giro has earned him a win in the mountains. For this stage, the weather was not on side, but that didn’t stop the main break of the day who took off at the at the 60km mark. It consisted of Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol), Jan Barta (NetApp), Andrey Amador (Movistar), Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack-Nissan), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R-La Mondiale), Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli) and Pierpaolo De Negri (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia). On the ascent of the first climb Barta escaped the group, and as the weather worsened the breakaway began to struggle on the 22km climb. However, Barta was eventually passed on the descent by Amador who clearly had more nerve on the descents. At the 15km point, Amador was still in front and the peloton was a good 7.5 minutes in arrears. What of the contenders? Today was Hesjedals: It was at this point that he made his attack. Rodriguez was quick to give chase. However, Hesjedal maintained his efforts and managed to finish a mere 20 seconds behind the winning trio. It was all Hesjedal needed to secure the pink jersey.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Andrey

CRC

MOV

5:33:36

0:00

 

2

BARTA Jan

CZE

APP

5:33:36

0:00

 

3

DE MARCHI Alessandro

ITA

AND

5:33:38

0:02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 13 Results

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) claimed has won his third Giro d'Italia stage win in spectacular style. With his characteristic flair, Cavendish ducked and weaved as the finish line loomed and managed to escape a determined Orica-GreenEdge train barrelling down on his right and the barriers to his left. He touched the line a good bike length ahead of Kristoff (Katusha), and his friend and former lead-out man, Aussie Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) coming in at third place. Cav’s win now means that Goss has some serious ground to make up in the fight for the red jersey against the indomitable Manxman, but let’s not underestimate Orica-GreenEdge. They a team on a mission and have proven their credentials on more than one occasion already. In the overall standings, not much has changed. We still see Rodriguez in the Maglia Rosa. However, a number of mountain finishes loom, and it’s going to be these stages where we may see some big changes in the rankings. The likes of Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Kreuziger (Astana) may take the opportunity to assert themselves. Who has the legs? And the will?

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

CAVENDISH Mark

GBR

SKY

3:02:07

0:00

22"

2

KRISTOFF Alexander

NOR

KAT

3:02:07

0:00

12"

3

RENSHAW Mark

AUS

RAB

3:02:07

0:00

8"

Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 12 Results

​Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Belisol) has won stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia, followed 11 seconds later by Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat) and Andrey Amador (Movistar) coming in third. Casar was virtual leader for most of the day but couldn't quite catch Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) who maintains the overall lead. Katusha was blase in their attempt to chase down Casar who had bolted about 50km into the stage. Liquigas-Cannondale, however, took up the task and chased down the breakaway. Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) took the mountain points at the category two Valico La Mola, and kept on going, making a serious attempt for the stage win. However the remainder of the breakaway, Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat), Ivan Santaromita (BMC), Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Nissan), Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Andrey Amador (Movistar), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) soon gave chase. After a combatative climb and descent fought out between the breakaway riders, Bak attacked with just over 1.5km to go. The TT specialist took off and remained unchallenged to the checker flag. The question now is not if Rodriguez will surrender the Maglia Rosa, simply when.

Position

Name

Country

Team

Time

Difference

Time Bonus

1

BAK Lars Ytting

DEN

LTB

3:58:55

0:00

20"

2

CASAR Sandy

FRA

FDJ

3:59:06

0:11

12"

3

AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Andrey

CRC

MOV

3:59:06

0:11

8"

Giro d’Italia 2012 Stage 11 Results

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