Mixed bag for Orica-Scott on Giro’s 12th stage
Australian Caleb Ewan suffers another mishap, while Briton Adam Yates holds steady in Reggio Emilia. It was a mixed day for Orica-Scott on Stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia...
“Everything was going well, and Caleb was looking strong, until the final kilometre,” said Orica-Scott sports director Matt White. “The boys had contributed to controlling the break all day and put in some fantastic work in the closing kilometres in support of the sprint.
“Unfortunately Caleb has hit another rider and has bent his brake pad. When the mechanics received the bike after the race, the wheel wouldn’t spin a full rotation. Unfortunately it’s impossible to compete in the sprint with that type of issue.”
While Ewan was forced to settle for 82nd on the day (6 seconds back on Gaviria), Orica’s pre-race general classification contender Adam Yates (GBR) continued to show his sharp form, finishing 17th in the sprint, ahead of a split, to take six-seconds on his GC rivals.
“But, we have once again seen that Adam is in good form and is positioning himself particularly well in the finals,” said White. “It’s easy for races to split in this scenario and it’s great to see Adam on the right side of that. We’ll take six seconds any day — bit-by-bit we are chipping away.
“Our goals haven’t changed.”
Aaron S. Lee is a cycling correspondent for Eurosport, and contributor to VeloNews, Cyclist Magazine and 220 Triathlon …
Stage 12 results – Forlì to Reggio Emilia (229km)
1. Fernando Gaviria, COL, Quick-Step Floors, 5:18:55
2. Jakub Mareczko, ITA, Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia, s.t.
3. Sam Bennett, IRL, Bora-Hansgrohe, s.t.
General Classification (previous)
90 (90). Adam Hansen, AUS, Lotto Soudal, +1:13:31
122 (121). Michael Hepburn, AUS, Orica-Scott, +1:35:17
155 (152). Rory Sutherland, AUS, Movistar, +1:51:24
164 (164). Alex Edmondson, AUS, Orica-Scott, +1:55:14
170 (172). Caleb Ewan, AUS, Orica-Scott, +2:02:07
DNF — Nathan Haas, AUS, Dimension Data (Stage 11)