Giro d'Italia: Andrea Vendrame wins stage 12

Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën) ended a string of placings and disappointments with victory in Bagno di Romagna after riding aggressively in the Apennines hills to win stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia.

Vendrame was the first to attack from the break over the top of the final climb and then read the finale well, going away with Chris Hamilton (Team DSM) in the final kilometres before beating the Australian in a two-rider sprint.  

Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) beat George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) for third place, some 15 seconds down on Vendrame, after the pair missed the late attack and then looked at each other to chase. 

The Italian frustratingly flicked the Kiwi across the road in the final metres and then criticised him for not helping in the chase in post-race comments. Race judges were not impressed and soon relegated him to fourth place. The peloton finished 10:14 behind with Ineos Grenadiers carefully protecting Egan Bernal and his pink jersey. 

Vincenzo Nibali tried an attack with Giulio Ciccone over the top of the final climb and then the veteran Sicilian pressed on alone on the descent in a show of pride. Gianni Moscon tried to close him down but crashed on a hairpin. Nibali fought on and finished seven seconds ahead of the peloton. He remains 4:04 down on Bernal in the overall classification.

Vendrame was understandably emotional after his hard-fought stage win. 

“I'm super happy because I tried in 2019 but I was second and Chavez won that day, and I tried also last year but I was in a bad position,” the Italian said.

“I have been training hard this year and I made a dream come true. I'm really happy. We've been working to try to get the blue jersey for Bouchard and then in the finish we made it so I could try and get the victory.”

How it unfolded

After the stress and the sterrato dirt roads of the stage to Montalcino, stage 12 from Siena to Bagno di Romagna offered little chance to recover, with 3,700 metres of climbing in the Apennines and 212km of racing - the second longest day in the saddle of this year’s Corsa Rosa. 

The stage started in the spectacular Piazza il Campo in Siena that traditionally hosts the Palio horse race and of course Strade Bianche. The stage was perfect for a breakaway yet again and Filippo Fiorelli (Bardiani-CSF) was the first to start the attacks as the race rolled up and down the Chianti hills towards Florence. Just three kilometres after the start Marc Soler (Movistar) crashed hard and spent a long spell in the wheel of his team car. He tried to fight on but eventually climbed off due to severe pain in his back. He was the latest GC contender to abandon the Giro after Mikel Landa and Pavel Sivakov.

Later in the first hour, Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start-Up Nation) also crashed out, while Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious), Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal), Faisto Masnada (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) all retired due to illness and injury.  

At the front of the race Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) went on the attack, inspiring others and a 48km/h opening hour of racing.  The break of the day finally formed after the Giro reached Florence and paid tribute to two of Tuscany’s greatest cycling figures: Gino Bartali, who won the Giro d’Italia three times and the Tour de France twice, and legendary Italian national coach Alfredo Martini, who masterminded many of the Italian world titles in the eighties and nineties. 

The 16-rider move included George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Chris Hamilton (Team DSM), Geoffrey Bouchard, Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Simone Petilli (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Guy Niv (Israel Start-Up Nation), Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka Assos), Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix), Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa), Simone Ravanelli, Natnael Tesfazion (Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec).

Goivanni Visconti (Bardiani-CSF) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) managed to get across soon after. The peloton let them go with the Ineos Grenadiers putting Salvatore Puccio and Filippo Ganna on the front to lead the peloton. However, after the aggression and time gained on the dirt roads to Montalcino, they were happy to let the break go and the gap open enough to allow the break to stay away.

De Bondt was first through the sprint, ahead of Honoré and Petilli after 73km, while Bouchard was then first to the summit of Monte Morello to defend his blue mountain jersey. The Frenchman was the first over the Passo della Consuma after 130km as the race stabilized and the break worked together to stay away and ride through a series of rain showers.

The longer and higher Passo della Calla cracked some of the riders in the break, making a natural selection but most got back on during the long descent from Tuscany into the Romagna region. Bouchard again took the maximum points at the summit, with Ineos leading the peloton at 10:15.

The final climb of the Passo del Carnaio was the steepest of the stage, and the last, meaning it was always going to be decisive for the break. Brambilla was aggressive and on edge but Vendrame was the first to get away mid-climb. He was joined by Bennett, Hamilton, and Brambilla and they surged away on the top of the climb and the fast descent.   

They stayed together until Hamilton and Vendrame attacked with three kilometres to go, as Brambilla and Bennett blinked and refused to chase for the other. 

Vendrame then turned his many sprint placings into a Giro d’Italia stage victory.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team 5:43:48
2Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM
3George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:15
4Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
5Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:01:12
6Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:25
7Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:47
8Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:00
10Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:04:19
11Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:07:07
12Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
13Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:07:13
14Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
15Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:10:07
16Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:10:14
17Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
18Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
19Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM
20Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
21Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
22Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
23Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
24Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
25Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
26Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange
27Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
28Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
29Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
30Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
31Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
32Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
33João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep
34Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
35Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
36Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange
37Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
38Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
39Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Nippo
40Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
41Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team BikeExchange
42Tanel Kangert (Est) Team BikeExchange
43Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
44Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo
45Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation
46Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
47Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
48Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
49Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers
50Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:11:45
51Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:11:47
52Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:11:55
53Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroën Team
54Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos
55Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
56Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
57Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:11:58
58Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:12:23
59Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:13:38
60Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:15:28
61Edward Ravasi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
62Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation
63Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education-Nippo
64Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
65Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
66Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
67Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
68Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
69Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team DSM
70Andrii Ponomar (Ukr) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
71Lars van den Berg (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
72Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
73Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
74Einer Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team
75Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
76Jefferson Cepeda (Ecu) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
77Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
78Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:16:33
79Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
80Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:17:46
81Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
82Jai Hindley (Aus) Team DSM
83James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep
84Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious
85Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
86Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo 0:19:59
87Paul Martens (Ger) Jumbo-Visma 0:20:47
88Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
89Harold Tejada Canacue (Col) Astana-Premier Tech
90Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
91Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team BikeExchange
92Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Education-Nippo 0:21:24
93Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
94Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM 0:22:57
95Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team DSM
96Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
97Wesley Kreder (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
98Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:25:21
99Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis 0:26:05
100Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma
101Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Qhubeka Assos
102Filippo Zana (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
103Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
104Umberto Marengo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
105Filippo Tagliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
106Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cofidis
107Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis
108Nicola Venchiarutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
109Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Qhubeka Assos
110Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
111Max Kanter (Ger) Team DSM
112Mark Christian (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
113Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
114Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
115Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
116Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos
117Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
118Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team
119Davide Gabburo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
120Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
121Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ
122Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
123Samuele Battistella (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
124Quinten Hermans (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
125Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
126Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
127Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
128Michael Hepburn (Aus) Team BikeExchange
129Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis
130Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eri) Trek-Segafredo
131Callum Scotson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
132Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation
133Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
134Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
135Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
136Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
137Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
138Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
139Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
140Márton Dina (Hun) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
141Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
142Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
143Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
144Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
145Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
146Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
147Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
148Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
149Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team BikeExchange
150David Dekker (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
151Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
152Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
153Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
154Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
155Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
156Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis 0:26:13
157Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
158Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
159Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
160Riccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:27:08
161Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
162Mauro Schmid (Swi) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:27:10
163Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team
164Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNFGino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
DNFFausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFAlessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation
DNFKobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
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Sprint 1 - Sesto Fiorentino km. 76.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 12
2Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 8
3Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 6
4Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 5
5Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 4
6George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 3
7Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos 2
8Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 1
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Sprint 2 - Bagno di Romagna km. 212
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team 25
2Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 18
3George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 12
4Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 8
5Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 6
6Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 5
7Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis 4
8Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 3
9Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 2
10Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1
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Mountain 1 - Monte Morello km. 85
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 9
2Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 4
3Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team 2
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 1
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Mountain 2 - Passo della Consuma km. 132.6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 18
2Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 8
3Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 6
4Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 4
5Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 2
6Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 1
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Mountain 3 - Passo della Calla km. 163.9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 18
2Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 8
3Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team 6
4Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 4
5Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 2
6George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 1
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Mountain 4 - Passo del Carnaio km. 202.6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 9
2George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma 4
3Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 2
4Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team 1
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Bonus Sprint 1 - Santa Sofia km. 190.9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:03
2Simone Ravanelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:00:02
3Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:00:01
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Young Riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 5:46:48
2Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:04:13
3Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
4Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 0:07:14
5Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
6Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM
7Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ
8Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
9Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
10Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
11Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
12João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep
13Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
14Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
15Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team 0:08:55
16Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:10:38