Benedetti wins stage 12 at Giro d’Italia as Polanc takes pink jersey

Hugh Carthy

Britain’s Hugh Carthy took the white jersey for the best young rider

Cesare Benedetti won stage 12 on the first day in the Alps at the Giro d’Italia, with Slovenian Jan Polanc taking the overall race lead.

Italy’s Benedetti claimed the first pro victory of his career after being part of a long-range breakaway on the hilly 158km ride from Cuneo to Pinerolo.

Damiano Caruso finished second and Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar third.

Polanc took the lead from UAE Emirates team-mate Valerio Conti, while fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic is now second.

British rider Hugh Carthy, 24, is the new leader of the young riders’ classification in 10th, while Adam Yates climbed to 13th overall after finishing in a group just over eight minutes behind stage winner Benedetti, but alongside his general classification rivals.

Thursday’s top three were part of a 25-man group that went clear almost as soon as they left the start in Cuneo.

After the group split up on the imposing climb of the Montoso late in the stage, eight riders regrouped on the descent.

Gianluca Brambilla, Eros Capecchi and Dunbar powered clear on the punchy final climb but they dallied on the run-in and were caught, with Benedetti by far the quickest in the sprint finish in Pinerolo.

New white jersey wearer Carthy told Eurosport: “It was a hard day today, a hard climb on a hot day and the first real test for the legs.”

Dunbar, making his Grand Tour debut aged 22, told Eurosport: “I felt like I was one of the strongest here. I knew I wasn’t the quickest but certainly one of the strongest.

“I gambled in the finish and got caught by the guys behind. That’s bike racing, you live and learn.”

Friday’s stage 13 is in the high mountains and features three difficult climbs in its 196km.

Stage 12 results

1. Cesare Benedetti (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) 3hrs 41mins 49secs

2. Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) Same time

3. Edward Dunbar (Ire/Ineos)

4. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) +2secs

5. Eros Capecchi (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +6secs

6. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Emirates) +25secs

7. Matteo Montaguti (Ita/Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermac) +34secs

8. Thomas de Gendt (Bel/Lotto Soudal) +2mins 36secs

9. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita/Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermac) Same time

10. Manuel Senni (Ita/Bardiani CSF) +2mins 38secs

General classification after stage 12

1. Jan Polanc (Slo/UAE Emirates) 48hrs 49mins 40secs

2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +4mins 7secs

3. Valerio Conti (Ita/UAE Emirates) +4:51

4. Eros Capecchi (Ita/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +5:02

5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +5:51

6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) +6:02

7. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) +7:00

8. Richard Carapaz (Col/Movistar) +7:23

9. Andrey Amador (Crc/Movistar) +7:30

10. Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education First) 7:33

Selected others:

13. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +7:53

33. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB/Ineos) +11:49

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