GIRO D'ITALIA - STAGE 12 JESPER HANSEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE
For once, the riders did not head north this Thursday. They had to cover a long loop of 204 km with the town of Cesenatico as the starting and finishing point. It was a particularly demanding stage with five difficulties listed, three of which were of 3rd category.
Jesper Hansen held on
The breakaway, as it had been for several days, took a long time to form. And finally it was Jesper Hansen who managed to integrate the right breakaway. The leaders had a maximum advance of 10 minutes on the peloton before the road rose. Hansen passed third at the top of Perticara, then second at the Madonna di Pugliano when there were only eight riders left in the lead. At the end of the stage, the Danish rider finished 26th, after a nice but tough day fighting for the lead.
Tomorrow, sprinters or breakaway specialist ?
It' s difficult to define tomorrow's scenario for the day. Indeed, this long stage between Cerbia and Monselice (192 km) begins with 155 km of flat terrain before everything accelerates with two 4th category passes before the finish line. Will the sprinters manage to make it to the end? Will the breakaway specialists have a card to play? We' ll have the answers by mid-afternoon tomorrow.