Italy Cheers Again As Oldani Grabs Genoa Giro Win
Muhammad Rameez Published May 20, 2022 | 01:40 AM
Genoa, Italy, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th May, 2022 ) :Downtown crowds cheered Italy's Stefano Oldani home as he broke clear for his first professional win on stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday, while surprise Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez held the leader's pink jersey.
After making it two wins in two days for Italy, an euphoric Oldani said he joined the early breakaway to aid teammate Mathieu van der Poel, a fan favourite due to his peloton-splitting attacks, but who missed the cut on the last climb as three riders broke off from an original group of 20 escapees.
Stars for the day, the three were cheered home along a festive town centre route.
"I wanted it so badly," said the 24-year-old.
"When I realised that I'd won a stage on the Giro there was a wave of emotion that I couldn't hold back." The race was conducted at breakneck speed with 53km covered in the first hour, the winner crossing the finish line 30 minutes ahead of even the fastest prediction.
"Nine days in the Maglia Rosa is a lot! But I wouldn't mind some more." - Tight at the top - Lopez rolled across the finish line with the main contenders 09min 08sec after Oldani.
Less than 20 seconds separate a clutch of potential Giro winners with Richard Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers, Mikel Landa of Bahrain Victorious and Romain Bardet of DSM the most credible candidates.
In a rare occurence Wilco Kelderman hauled himself back into the overall reckoning reckoning gaining eight minutes as part of the escape to make up for his meltdown on the Blockhaus mountain last Sunday.
Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan left the Giro empty handed ahead of the stage when he became the 14th rider so far to drop out.
Ewan fell on day one and failed to add to his five stage wins here on previous editions.
Along the route for stage 12 the Giro remembered Belgian sprinter Wouter Weylantdt on the Apennine Passo del Bocco, where he died during a stage in 2011.