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Re-cap of Stage 13:
The group allowed a breakaway some slack for most of Stage 12, but it was reeled in towards the end and the now reunited peloton prepared for the bunch sprint in Asolo after 227 km on flat roads. Young Caleb Ewan made a play for the win at the end but he was out-powered and out-maneuvered by our veteran Red Jersey holder, Andre Greipel.
Greipel took his third and final win of this year's Giro and his team (Lotto-Soudal) has now won about a third of the stages thus far - very impressive. However, with Greipel bowing out while on top of his game, we will have a new red jersey holder tomorrow in the form of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), who is currently in second place after Greipel.
General Classification after Stage 12 (Top Ten):
1. Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)
2. Andrey Amador (Movistar) 00:00:24
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 00:01:07
4. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 00:01:09
6. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) 00:02:01
7. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) 00:02:25
8. Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) 00:02:43
9. Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) 00:02:45
10. Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida) 00:02:47
Jersey Distribution after Stage 12:
GC Leader (Pink) - Bob Jungels
Points Leader (Red) - Giacomo Nizzolo (pending Griepel's withdrawl)
Mountains Leader (Blue) - Damiano Cunego
Best Young Rider (White) - Bob Jungels
Stage 13: Palmanova - Cividale del Friuli, 170 km
The route of lucky Stage 13 features a pair of Cat 1 and a pair of Cat 2 climbs and a flat slightly downhill finish. The sprinters may be able to catch back up to the peloton after the first two major ascents, but the last two will see them fall off the back and they will probably not have enough time, or energy, to catch the climbers on that last false flat. Our pink jersey will have his hands full on this stage and may very well lose his jersey if he can't keep the pace - of the GC favorites Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is best positioned to be the man who might be wearing the pink jersey at the end should Bob Jungles falter, but it's reasonable to assume that Costa Rican Andrey Amador, also of Movistar, will be the most likely beneficiary in Cividale del Friuli and climb the podium to take the Pink on the day.
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