Julian Alaphilippe storms to victory on stage 12 of Giro d'Italia as Pogačar keeps overall lead

Alaphilippe wins enthralling stage in Fano after long day in two-man breakaway with Mirco Maestri

Julian Alaphilippe
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Julian Alaphilippe stormed to a sensational victory on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia in Fano after a long day in a two man breakaway with Mirco Maestri (Polti-Kometa).

After riding at a relentless pace all day, the Frenchman joined the select group of riders to have won stages in all three Grand Tours. Alaphilippe initially attacked from a huge breakaway, containing the likes of Jhonotan Narváez  (Ineos Grenadiers), before dispatching Maestri on the steep final climb. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

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