Ben­nett wins 12th stage, Yates main­tains Giro lead

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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

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