Giro d'Italia 2016, stage 12 description, map and profile: Thursday, May 19

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When Thursday, May 19
From Noale
To Bibione
Length 168km
Category Flat
Impact on GC 1/5

The Giro organisers are renowned for being tight-fisted when it comes to handing out opportunities for sprinters, but this year they’ve thrown them a bone with this benign stage in North-West Italy.

Racing at the Giro doesn’t get much easier than this – it’s short, it’s pleasant and it’s super-flat, containing not a single climb despite the presence of the Dolomites looming on the horizon.

If the exact same parcours had been tackled early in the race’s opening week rather than mid-way through the second, the bunch sprint would have been almost certain to culminate in a showdown between the usual suspects. But this deep into a race and those top sprinters are likely to be substantially fatigued, or possibly have abandoned the race altogether.

Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 12 profile

Giro d’Italia 2016 stage 12 profile

Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 12 map

Giro d’Italia 2016 stage 12 map