Bennett wins 12th stage, Yates maintains Giro lead
IMOLA, ITALY » Sam Bennett of Ireland pulled off a superb final attack to win the 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia Thursday while Simon Yates remained in the overall lead.
Bennett began his sprint a long way out to storm past Matej Mohoric and Carlos Betancur, and claim his second victory of the race at a wet finish to the 214-kilometer route from Osimo to the motorsport circuit of Imola.
“I saw two guys ahead, my team had done so much work for me and I couldn’t let them down. I just went for it,” said Bennett, who rides for BoraHansgrohe.
“I looked back when I saw how far away the line was. I didn’t know if I would make it but I kept going and I pulled it off.”
Danny van Poppel was second, ahead of Niccolo Bonifazio.
The general classification was unchanged as Yates retained his 47-second advantage over defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands. just