Horrach Takes Stage 12 of Giro
Joan Horrach (Caisse d?Epargne) has won Stage 12 of the Giro d?Italia.
Joan Horrach (Caisse d?Epargne) has won Stage 12 of the Giro d?Italia. The Spaniard rode away from five companions to win the hilly, 171-km ride from Livorno to Sestri Levante in 3:55:53. Addy Engels (Quick Step) outsprinted Emanuele Sella (Ceramica Panaria) for second at 0:05. Ivan Basso (CSC) remains the maglia rosa .<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
As has been the case throughout most of this Giro, warm, sunny skies greeted the riders. The hostilities started early. At eight km, Alberto Ongarato (Milram), Wladimir Belli (Selle Italia), Jorg Ludewig (T-Mobile), Engels, Pat McCarty (Phonak), Patrick Calcagni (Liquigas), Fortunato Baliani and Emanuele Sella (both from Ceramica Panaria), Horrach, Manuel Beltran (Discovery Channel), Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval), Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner), Mickael Delage (Francaise des Jeux), Arnaud Labbe (Bouygues Telecom), and William Bonnet (Credit Agricole) escaped. The break had no dangermen in it, so CSC did not chase. The fugitives led by 2:06 at 27 km, 4:10 at 38 km, and 6:24 at 68 km. Behind, CSC rode tempo.
On the Biassa (103.1 km), Horrach attacked. The resulting acceleration dropped Labbe and Bonnet. Baliani drove the break for Sella. On the Valico di Guaitarola, Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas), Paolo Bettini (Quick Step), and Damiano Cunego (Lampre) tested the maglia rosa group with an attack, but CSC was sharp and closed down the move. With 25 km remaining, the lead group was down to Baliani, Sella, Mori, Engels, Horrach, and Belli. They led the field by about seven minutes.
With 20 km left, Sella and Mori escaped. With nine km remaining, they led their erstwhile companions by 0:15. Mori went into a tight, left-hand turn too fast. He crashed and took down Sella. Both riders remounted their bikes as the break reached them. Less than a km later, Mori went down again?and took down Sella again. The break left the pair behind.
With 2.5 km left, Belli made the first attack. Baliani reeled him in. Engels had a go, but was caught. With 600 m remaining, Sella and Mori got back on.
Their return was Horrach?s cue. He dashed to the front, and no one pursued. The Spaniard won easily, and Engels and Sella took the minor placings.
In the overall, Basso leads Jose Gutierrez Cataluna (Phonak) by 2:48 and defending champion Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel) by 3:26. Stage 13 will be a standing shaker. Most of the 218-km ride from Alessandria to La Thuile will be flat or slightly uphill. The base of the Colle San Carlo, however, marks the beginning of a steep 10-km climb on which attacking will be done. A seven-km descent to the finish follows the summit. Who will prosper? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!