Scourged by wind and rain, the long road (204 kilometers) stage of the nine hills of Cesenatico, 12ª fraction of the Giro d’Italia 2020, did not exalt as expected. Tired or cold or both, the group of the best immediately let it pass a breakaway at 14 that reached almost 14 minutes ahead unraveling progressively along the nine climbs of the famous Romagna Gran Fondo, which with 12,000 starters is one of the most important mass sporting events in Europe. Only two riders remained in front of the leading platoon, the Ecuadorian of Ineos Jhonatan Narvaez e the Ukrainian Mark Padun, from Bahrain-Merida. Leading the last two climbs, the pair broke up on the Gorolo descent when Padun has punctured, losing ground without being able to return to his escape companion after a long chase in which Padun had arrived just 9 ”from Narvaez. Behind the two, 8’25 ”behind, was the Australian Simon e.
No jolt, no attack, no emotion in the group of the pink jersey where leader Joao Almeida experienced a cold but quiet day. Despite having put the companions of the NTT to pull long ahead, Domenico Pozzovivo failed to bring any attacco come pure Wilko Kelderman, Vincenzo Nibali (left without companions in the last 35 kilometers) o Jakob Fuglsang.
The general classification remains unchanged with Almeida preceding Kelderman, Bilbao, Pozzovivo and Nibali, all enclosed in just 61 ”.