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Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën Team) claimed stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia today, after the Italian rider attacked alongside fellow breakaway companion Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) over the top of the final climb, subsequently beating his Australian rival in a two-rider sprint in Bagno di Romagna.
Vendrame and Hamilton had been part of an early breakaway group containing Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Giovanni Visconti (Bardiani), Guy Niv (Israel Start-Up Nation), Bennett, Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix), Simone Petilli (Intermarché), Brambilla, Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-Assos), Vincenzo Albanese (EOLO-Kometa), Natnael Tesfatsion, Simone Ravanelli (both Androni) and Geoffrey Bouchard who escaped the peloton early-on in the stage, one point building up a sizable advantage of around 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) beat George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) for third place, some 15 seconds down on Vendrame after the duo hesitated to respond to the attack.
In the meantime, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) finished more than 10 minutes down on the leaders. But, it was enough for the Colombian rider to maintain his grip on the maglia rosa for another day.
Vincenzo Nibali initiated an attack from within the peloton over the top of the final climb, a move that was quickly marked Giulio Ciccone.
However, Ineos was keen to neutralize Nibali’s efforts in defense of Bernal’s pink jersey.
Still, the Italian rider pressed on alone along descent, later finishing seven seconds ahead of the peloton, and slightly reducing his deficit to Bernal down to 4:04 in the overall classification.
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