Cesare Benedetti takes victory on thrilling Giro d'Italia 2019 stage 12 as pink jersey changes hands

Jan Polanc took the overall lead from his team-mate Valerio Conti after making it into the day's main breakaway

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Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Hansgrohe) took a hard earned maiden professional victory on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia, in a thrilling contest to Pinerolo.

The Italian was part of a large 25-man breakaway that also included Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) and finished over eight minutes ahead of the main GC contenders.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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