(Reuters) – Irishman Sam Bennett made a wonderfully timed spoil to win the 12th level of the Giro, a 213-kilometre journey from Osimo that results in a dash end at the Imola racing circuit, amid a heavy downpour on Thursday.
The 27-year-old completed forward of Dutch rider Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Italian Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) to say his 2d level win of the 2018 race.
Englishman Simon Yates stored hang of the full lead, staying 47 seconds forward of protecting champion Tom Dumoulin.
The rain started with the riders simply over an hour from the end line and the peloton cut up, with Fast-Step Flooring Elia Viviani stuck within the trailing bunch.
Viviani, winner of 2 dash phases on this yr’s race, was once some of the favorites to complete first in Imola.
“I assume those had been favorable climate prerequisites for an Englishman. And in addition for an Irishman,” a sopping wet Yates mentioned. “It was once an excessively tricky ultimate. I believe a couple of guys underestimated it, myself incorporated.”
At one level past due on, the level appeared destined to finish in a struggle between Bahrain-Merida’s Matej Mohoric and Movistar rider Carlos Betancur.
Each carved out transient leads sooner than being reeled in through the pack, with Bennett in the course of the Bora-Hansgrohe crew on the entrance of the primary team, however neither of them had a solution to the Irishman’s energy.
“It was once a difficult ultimate for a host dash,” mentioned Bennett, who claimed victory with a gutsy dash from 400m.
“There have been two guys up entrance. I didn’t know the way a lot power they’d left so I went early as a result of I didn’t need to let the level escape from me.
“I didn’t know if I’d hang the lead. It labored to my benefit … I simply needed to do my dash. I believe it’s a nicer win than the primary one.”
Reporting through Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Modifying through Catherine Evans