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2020 Giro d'Italia stage 12

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia.

Today's stage sees the riders tackle 204km around Cesenatico in Emilia-Romagna. It's a tough one with 3,800 metres of vertical gain, and should be suited to a breakaway.

Cesenatico is Marco Pantani's hometown, of course. The race will pay tribute to the 1998 winner today as it starts and ends in the coastal town.

There are five classified climbs today – three third-category and two fourth-category – so a maximum of 33 KOM points up for grabs.

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) sprinted to his fourth win of the race yesterday, extending his maglia ciclamino lead over Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). The Slovak is more suited to today's stage, though, and we could see him taking more points back here.

Other competitiion leaders remain the same, with João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in charge of pink and white, while compatriot Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling) is in the KOM lead.

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The peloton are about to begin the roll-out in the neutralised zone.

Attacks are flying from the off, with Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal) among those active at the front of the race.

196km to go

12 riders have a small gap on the peloton at the moment.

186km to go

A group of 13 is away now. It looks like the peloton is happy to let them get up the road.

180km to go

It's not the strongest group in the world but there are some interesting names in there. More riders attack the peloton in an attempt to get across.

Narváez is the best-placed GC rider in the move. He's over 43 minutes down.

171km to go

A speed of 43kph for the first hour. Carretero still trails by 1:45 as the peloton is now over six minutes down on the breakaway.

148km to go

The break is climbing at the moment but they're yet to reach the first classified climb of the day. Deceuninck-QuickStep lead the peloton.

145km to go

...and Carretero makes it across to join his teammate Albert Torres in the break.

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It's now a 12 minutes advantage for the break now as they crest the second unclassified climb of the stage.

134km to go

The break hit the first climb of the day, Ciola. It's 6km long at an average of 6.4 per cent with the first half over 8 per cent and the second half at around 4.5 per cent.

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128km to go

Here's what Domenico Pozzovivo (NTT Pro Cycling) had to say before today's stage.

117km to go

Pellaud took the max points – three – over the first climb of the day. The break have started the second climb now. Nine points on offer on Barbotta, a 4.5km climb that averages 8.1 per cent.

Some harsh gradients towards the top of this climb. Rosskopf leads the way. NTT have brought the gap under 10 minutes now.

A shot of today's breakaway out on the road.

Pellaud took the max nine points over the top. Eight minutes back to the peloton now...

107km to go

The break has split in two on the descent. Narváez, Richeze, Benedetti, Hansen and Padun have pushed on ahead of the rest.

Today is a tough stage but not usually one you'd mark down for GC moves to be made – the final climb is fourth category at an average of 5.6 per cent and comes 30 kilometres from the finish. 

The break has come back together now. They're on dry roads while the peloton are having a miserable time of it in the rain.

94km to go

Classified climb number three for the break to Perticara. It's actually two climbs in one as you can see below.

Torres and Campenaerts also out the back as Rosskopf sets the pace at the front.

Rosskopf's teammate Ilnur Zakarin has been dropped from the peloton going down that last descent. It's unclear if he suffered a mechanical or made another mistake going downhill.

91km to go

Benedetti comes back to the lead break group. Campenaerts and Torres are coming back too. Richeze looks to be gone.

88km to go

Here's what Vincenzo Nibali had to say at the stage start:

NTT Pro Cycling at the head of the peloton. The gap is down to 6:35 now.

Pellaud attacks over the top of the climb, another nine points for him there. He pushes on down the descent.

Two classified climbs to go now. Another cat-3 hill up next before the cat-4 final. There's another unclassified climb in between them, too.

77km to go

Another Swiss rider, Danilo Wyss, has been leading the peloton for NTT for some time now. He's brought the gap down to six minutes.

Benedetti and Rosskopf join Pellaud up front as he passes through the intermediate sprint point.

The leaders start the next climb of the day, Madonna di Pugliano. It's the hardest climb of the day, 9.1km at 5.5 per cent with a steep early section.

Padun, Bidard, Boaro, Hansen, Narváez have made it across now, while Benedetti has dropped. A very up and down race for the Bora-Hansgrohe man.

70km to go

It's raining, windy – absolutely miserable for the riders out there.