Giro d’Italia 2016 Stages
André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) sprinted to his 3rd win of the 2016 Giro d’Italia at stage 12 in Bibione. Calen Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE) was second and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Segafredo) was third.
The team did an amazing job today. Firstly, Pim Ligthart pulled at the front of the peloton and he managed to bridge the gap to the leaders. We really aimed to reel in the escapees before entering the local laps as we wanted to lead the peloton during these two laps with several difficult corners. That turned out very well. In the final kilometres, Tim Wellens and Lars Bak determined the pace. At three kilometres from the finish Adam Hansen took over and he pulled till one and a half kilometre from the end.
After that Sean De Bie did his part of the job and finally Jürgen Roelandts made a great lead-out, although there was a strong headwind. We decided beforehand that Jürgen would take the final corner as first and then I would give full gas in the sprint. I think we can be very proud with this fourth stage win. For me, this Giro was very successful with three victories.”
– André Greipel
Greipel continued, announcing he would be abandoning the race.
Together with the team I decided to abandon this year’s Giro tonight. This stage race really obtained an important place in my racing schedule since last year and it’s one of my great goals during the season. But the following nine stages will mainly be something for the GC riders. The fact that I’m wearing the red points jersey makes it a hard decision but we need to be realistic and find a good balance. The season isn’t over yet and I have the aim to perform on the highest level until October.
I’m very satisfied with the three victories and I’m going home with a very good feeling. The past few weeks with this team were just amazing, we had a wonderful time. I want to thank the Giro organization for their very attractive stages and the incredible crowd for their huge encouragements. But I also want to thank my teammates and the Lotto Soudal staff for their work and support. I hope that they’re able to continue this Giro in a nice way.”
Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick_Step) safely retained the overall lead, sitting 24 seconds in front of Andrey Amador (Movistar) and 1 minute 7 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
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.
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.”
– Bob Jungels, Etixx – Quick-Step
2016 Giro d’Italia Stage 12 Top Ten Results
1 André GREIPEL (GER) LTS 4:16:00
2 Caleb EWAN (AUS) OGE +0
3 Giacomo NIZZOLO (ITA) TFS +0
4 Sacha MODOLO (ITA) LAM +0
5 Alexander PORSEV (RUS) KAT +0
6 Moreno HOFLAND (NED) TLJ +0
7 Ivan SAVITSKIY (RUS) GAZ 24 +0
8 Heinrich HAUSSLER (AUS) IAM +0
9 Rick ZABEL (GER) BMC +0
10 Sonny COLBRELLI (ITA) BAR +0
2016 Giro d’Italia General Classification Top Ten after Stage 12
1 Bob JUNGELS Luxembourg EQS 49:32:20
2 Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Costa Rica MOV +24
3 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV +1:07
4 Steven KRUIJSWIJK Netherlands TLJ +1:07
5 Vincenzo NIBALI Italy AST +1:09
6 Rafal MAJKA Poland TNK +2:01
7 Ilnur ZAKARIN Russia KAT +2:25
8 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO Colombia OGE +2:43
9 Gianluca BRAMBILLA Italy EQS +2:45
10 Diego ULISSI Italy LAM +2:47
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 12 route
Stage 12: Flat
Date: 19 May, 2016
Distance: 168 km
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 12 route
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 12 route map
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 12 profile
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