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2012 Giro D'Italia: Stage

Stage , May

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Stage 12, Thursday, May 17: Seravezza - Sestri Levante, 157 km

Stage 12 finish

The Race: An excellent day of bike racing! A small group established themselves as the day's break about 50 kilometers into the stage. As their lead slowly grew, it was clear that Katusha, the team of maglia rosa Joaquin Rodriguez, was not going to burn itself out defending his lead. For a lot of the stage Sandy Casar was the virtual leader. Ivan Basso's Liquigas squad finally took thinks in hand and reduced the gap to the point that Casar's virtual lead was looking iffy.

Big Lars Ytting Bak had been having trouble staying with the break on the climbs, but he did manage to make contact on the final descent. Then, surprising no one, he made a couple of attacks and as Casar and Andrey Amador (who also had a hope to take Pink Jersey) looked at each other, Bak steamed off for the stage win. Between the jockeying among the break members and the growing speed of the peloton, Casar's hopes to ride tomorrow's stage in pink evaporated. Joaquin Rodriguez remains the overall leader.


  1. Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto-Belisol) 3hr 58min 55sec. 38.925 km/hr
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  3. Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 11sec
  4. Andrey Amador (Movistar) s.t.
  5. Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  6. Ivan Santaromita (BMC) s.t.
  7. Jackson Rodriguez (Androni) s.t.
  8. Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel)
  9. Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil) @ 43sec
  10. Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 48sec
  11. Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) @ 3min 34sec
  12. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) s.t.
  13. Ben Hermans (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  14. Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  15. Jan Barta (NetApp) s.t.
  16. Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  17. Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  18. Matthias Brandle (NetApp) s.t.
  19. Cesare Benedetti (NetApp) s.t.
  20. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  21. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  22. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  23. Damiano Caruso (Liquigas) s.t.
  24. Diego Ulissi (Lampre) s.t.
  25. Roman Kreuziger (Astana) s.t.
  26. Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  27. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) s.t.
  28. Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre) s.t.
  29. Michele Scarponi (Lampre) s.t.
  30. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) s.t.
  31. Eros Capecchi (Liquigas) s.t.
  32. Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) s.t.
  33. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) s.t.
  34. Sergio Pardilla (Movistar) s.t.
  35. Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana) s.t.
  36. Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) s.t.
  37. Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) s.t.
  38. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) s.t.
  39. Francis De Greef (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  40. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) s.t.
  41. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) s.t.
  42. José Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
  43. Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) s.t.
  44. Tanel Kangert (Astana) s.t.
  45. Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  46. Stefano Locatelli (Colnago-CSF) s.t.
  47. Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago-CSF) s.t.
  48. John Gadret (Ag2r) s.t.
  49. Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) s.t.
  50. Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  51. Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel) s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Pink Jersey Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) 51hr 19min 8sec
  2. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) @ 17sec
  3. Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) @ 26sec
  4. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) @ 32sec
  5. Ivan Santaromita (BMC) @ 49sec
  6. Roman Kreuziger (Astana) @ 52sec
  7. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) s.t.
  8. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) @ 57sec
  9. Damiano Cauruzo (Liquigas) @ 2min 2sec
  10. Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 1min 3sec
  11. Eros Capecchi (Liquigas) @ 1min 9sec
  12. Rigoberto Uran (Sky) @ 1min 10sec
  13. Michele Scarponi (Lampre) @ 1min 11sec
  14. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) @ 1min 12sec
  15. Sergio Henao (Sky) @ 1min 27sec
  16. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) @ 1min 37sec
  17. Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) @ 1min 48sec
  18. Sergio Pardilla (Movistar) @ 1min 51sec
  19. Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas) @ 1min 53sec
  20. Johann Tschopp (BMC) @ 2min 2sec
  21. Peter Stetina (Garmin-Barracuda) @ 2min 3sec
  22. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) @ 2min 5sec
  23. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) @ 2min 6sec
  24. Marco Pinotti (BMC) @ 2min 9sec
  25. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 2min 11sec
  26. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  27. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) @ 2min 16sec
  28. Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 2min 28sec
  29. Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) @ 2min 43sec
  30. Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) @ 2min 47sec
  31. John Gadret (Ag2r) @ 2min 47sec
  32. Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF) @ 2min 58sec
  33. Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil) @ 3min 3sec
  34. José Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) @ 3min 5sec
  35. Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) @ 3min 8sec
  36. Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana) @ 3min 8sec
  37. Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) @ 3min 35sec
  38. Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) @ 3min45sec
  39. Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
  40. Francis De Greef (Lotto-Belisol) @ 4min 10sec
  41. Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  42. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) @ 4min 27sec
  43. Diego Ulissi (Lampre) @ 4min 47sec
  44. Volodymir Gustov (Saxo) @ 4min 51sec
  45. Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) @ 5min 3sec
  46. Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 6min 3sec
  47. Carlos José Ochoa (Androni Giocattoli) @ 8min 45sec
  48. Thomas Rohregger (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 8min 49sec
  49. Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel) @ 9min 37sec
  50. Przemyslaw Niemiez (Lampre) @ 10min 12sec

Points Competition

  1. Red jersey Mark Cavendish (Sky): 77 points
  2. Matthew Harley Goss ((Orica-GreenEdge): 65
  3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha): 55
  4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF): 49
  5. Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil): 40

Climbers' Competition

  1. Blue Jersey Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 33 points
  2. Miguel Angel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli): 24
  3. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana): 9
  4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF): 9
  5. Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack-Nissan): 9

Young Rider

  1. White jersey Damiano Caruso (Liquigas) 51hr 20min 10sec
  2. Rigoberto Uran (Sky) @ 8sec
  3. Sergio Henao (Sky) @ 25sec
  4. Peter Stetina (Garmin-Barracuda) @ 1min 1sec
  5. Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) @ 1min 41sec

Team GC:

  1. Movistar: 152hr 43min 8sec
  2. Liquigas @ 1min 51sec
  3. BMC @ 2min 2sec
  4. Omega pharma-Quick Step) @ 2min 49sec
  5. Astana @ 3min 35sec
  6. Garmin-Barracuda @ 3min 35sec

Stage 12 map and profile

Stage 12 map

Stage 12 map

Stage 12 profile

Stage 12 profile

Photos from stage 12:


Euskaltel heads for the start line



Sandy Casar

Sandy Casar leads the day's break.

Jan Bakelants

Jan Bakelants

Stage 12 break

The break rides up the Italian coast

Sandy Casar

Sandy Casar leading the final descent, intent upon gaining the maglia rosa. He came up 26 seconds short.

Lars Bak

Lasrs Ytting Bak closing the gap to the break leaders.

Michal Golas

Michal Golas took off looking for KOM points and kept on going...until he ran out of gas and was caught and dropped by the break.


Liquigas leading the break with Rodiguez (in pink) close by.

Rodriguez and Scarponi

And Michele Scarponi keeps Rodriguez on a short leash.

Damiano Cunego

Damiano Cunego leans the bike over.

Fumiyuki Beppu

Fumiyuki Beppu wasn't the only rider to overcook a corner descending today.

Lars Ytting Bak

A perfectly executed ride by Bak. Bravo!

Lars Ytting Bak

Once Lars Bak made final contact with the break on the last descent, his attacking in the final kilometers was almost guarenteed. No one had the suds to bring him back.