The rain, a punctured tyre, a crash which involved some riders who were pedaling just before him: Diego Ulissi was stronger than this bunch of adversities and he could obtain the 3rd place in the 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia, the Imola-Vicenza of 190 km.
On the final hill of the Monte Berico, he was preceded by two champions, the winner Gilbert and the pink jersey Contador.
Ulissi came back in the bunch after having faced a puncture of the rear wheel at 50 km to go and later he had to chase again the bunch when, in the downhill from the Kom of Corsara (3rd category, 20 km to go), he had to avoid some cyclists who had crashed just before him.
The Italian talented rider succeded once again to come back in the head group and he could use the remaining energies to sprint on the hill to Monte Berico, obtaining the 3rd place (photo Bettini).
For what concerns the other blue-fuchsia-green riders, they tried to escape from the bunch in the early part of the course, which was covered at a very high speed (average speed over the 50 km/h), but they could not enter in the breakaway which led the race in the central sector of the stage.
In the overall classification, Contador increased his advantage on Aru (+17″).
“It’s a pity I had to face a puncture and I had to slow down to avoid the riders who had crashed – Ulissi explained – In order to come back in the bunch, I had to spend energies for 50 km, I missed them in the final sprint, but Gilbert deserve the victory.
From today until the end of the Giro there won’t be many stages suitable for me, so I’ll need to try to join the breakaways if I want to achieve other good results“.
1- Gilbert 4h22’50”
2- Contador 3″
3- Ulissi s.t.
4- Geschke s.t.
5- Battaglin s.t.
60- Polanc 8’31”, 73- Mori 8’49”, 75- richeze 9’18”, 87- Niemiec 13’36”, 94- Modolo s.t., 159- Xu 17’21”, 167- Grmay s.t., 183- Ferrari s.t.
1- Contador 51h07’06”
2- Aru 17″
3- Landa 55″
4- Cataldo 1’30”
5- Kreuziger 1’55”
36- Niemiec 43’07”