Perfect BORA – hansgrohe train to lead-out Sam Bennett for another third place.
Today was another chance for the sprinters to show their skills. The BORA – hansgrohe train worked out perfectly but on the last meters Sam Bennett was overtaken by two riders. He took third place in stage 12 at the Giro d´Italia, this means podium result number six for BORA – hansgrohe.
The 12th stage was also the longest stage in this 100th edition of the Giro d´Italia. More than 220 kilometers from Forli to Reggio Emilia, which were mostly flat, waited for the peloton today. The race featured two categorized climbs and two intermediate sprints, the last 70 kilometers were totally flat, therefore another bunch sprint was expected.
The peloton took it very easy in the beginning of the stage. After 35 km into the race the 3 escapees had a 7-minute lead. BORA – hansgrohe took a conscious decision to stay in the peloton, focused to go only in big groups and also on the final lead-out for Sam.
The race situation was a long time the same, with a trio in front of the race and a gap over some minutes. With 50 kilometers remaining Team Quick-Step Floors took over the lead in the peloton and set the pace to catch the trio. Also, José Mendes was always in front of the peloton and represented BORA – hansgrohe´s team colors with a strong ride.
On the last 20 kilometers, the peloton raised the pace therefore the gap dropped steadily. BORA – hansgrohe formed their lead-out and dominated again the race. The team was always present in front of the race and rode together an amazing train.
With 7 kilometers to go, all escapees were caught and the peloton rode together into the city center of Reggio Emilia. Sam Bennett was in the perfect position behind all his lead-out men.
The last meters to the finish were tricky with some narrow streets and corners, the BORA – hansgrohe train went perfectly through these obstacles.
On the final meters, it was a battle between the Quick – Step Floor and BORA – hansgrohe, with Rudi Selig being the first one to hit the home straight. But when F. Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) launched his sprint, Sam Bennett couldn´t respond and was overtaken to finish 3rd, which is the 6th podium result for BORA – hansgrohe.
“A third place in a Grand Tour is of course a very good result. Still we are a little sad, everybody would have treated him the victory today and I think our strong teamwork proved that. I am really proud of our great team spirit. We will analyze today´s sprint and try it again tomorrow.” – Christian Pömer, sports director
"The guys did an amazing job once again. I would like thank the team for the trust and the effort they are giving. I hope I can repay their efforts in tomorrow´s sprint." - Sam Bennett