Sebastian Berwick makes Giro d'Italia stage 12 podium, shelves nice guy mode

Sebastian Berwick (Israel-Premier Tech) leading the break on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia
Sebastian Berwick (Israel-Premier Tech) leading the break on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Sebastian Berwick made it into the Giro d’Italia break on what, in many ways, was an ideal day as the peloton was strewn with battered riders that seemed content to let the escape settle the stage 12 podium. The flat run to the line that decided the order of those top three places, however, was where the advantage shifted away from the Australian, who as a light rider who favours the ascents was on the back foot against the power of Nico Denz (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Toms Skujinš (Trek-Segafredo).

“That last climb was my last opportunity I guess but in the end, they were strong enough to stay with me,” Berwick said referring to Denz and Skujinš who held firm on the category-2 ascent of Colle Braida which peaked at 28km to go.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.