After two hard fought and difficult days for the peloton at the Giro d’Italia, the race heads into a potential sprinters’ day on stage 12.
The race runs 214km from Osimo to Imola, finishing on the famous Formula One circuit where Brazilian great Ayrton Senna died after crashing during a race in 1994.
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While much of the day’s run is pan flat, the riders will face, as usual with the Giro, a sting in the tail towards the finish.
A category four climb will come in the last 10km or so, and will provide a potential launching pad for the punchier riders with predominantly descent to the finish line on the motor circuit.
However the likes of Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), who have two and one stage wins respectively already in this Giro, will fancy their chances at holding on up the climbs to contest a valuable and rare sprint finish in the race.
Anyone who misses out won’t have to wait long for another chance though, with another probable sprint finish to come on Friday’s 180km race to Nervesa Della Battaglia before they face two heavy mountain days over the weekend including the Monte Zoncolan finish on Saturday.
Catch-up with the action from stage 12 of the Giro in the highlights above, or read the full report of the day’s action here.
The Giro d’Italia 2018 concludes on May 27 in Rome.