Giro d'Italia 2012
|Giro d'Italia 2012|
|Racing series||UCI WorldTour|
|Competition period||May 5th to 27th, 2012|
|overall length||3504 km|
|Starting field||198 from 37 nations in 22 teams
|Overall rating||1. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM) 91:39:02 h 2. Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT) + 0:16 min 3. Thomas De Gendt (VCD) + 1:39 min
|Team evaluation||Lampre-ISD 274: 19: 46 h|
|Scoring||Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT)|
|Mountain scoring||Matteo Rabottini (FAR)|
|Young talent evaluation||Rigoberto Urán (SKY)|
|← 2011||2013 →|
The 95th Giro d'Italia took place from May 5th to 27th, 2012. The bike race was held in 21 stages with a total length of 3504 kilometers. The tour started in Denmark with an individual time trial and ended in the same way in Milan . After the three starting stages in Denmark, the race returned to Italy, where the route from Verona led south on the east side of the country. The southernmost point was reached on the eighth day section to Lago Laceno , from then on it went north again on the Tyrrhenian coast, where the mountain stages in the Alps and Dolomites were on the program for the last week . The king's stage with around 6000 m altitude was the penultimate stage over the Mortirolo and mountain arrival on the Stilfser Joch . There were a total of six mountain arrivals .
The 2012 Tour of Italy was the first under the new race director Michele Acquarone, who had replaced Angelo Zomegnan.
The third stage around Horsens was dedicated to racing driver Wouter Weylandt , who died on the third day of the tour in 2011 , and was called "WW Special Day" after the Belgian’s nickname . In addition, his starting number 108 will never be awarded again at the Giro d'Italia.
The 18 ProTeams were entitled to start . In addition, the organizer RCS gave four wildcards to Professional Continental Teams , including, surprisingly, the German team NetApp . Acqua e Sapone around the former Giro winner Stefano Garzelli , who actually wanted to end his career at the 2012 Tour of Italy, was not invited . Each team sent nine riders to the start, bringing a total of 198 professional cyclists to the start. There were three Germans, six Swiss, five Austrians and two Luxembourgers.
→ Detailed start list: 2012 drivers field
In the absence of last year's suspended winner, Alberto Contador , last year's runner-up Michele Scarponi officially received the winner's pink jersey two days before the start of the tour , which he had subsequently been awarded by Contador's suspension. In addition to the man from Lampre-ISD , his compatriot Ivan Basso ( Liquigas-Cannondale ), the winner of 2010, is considered to be the biggest favorite for the overall victory in 2012. However, both drivers had barely achieved good results in the season so far, so that many experts at the start of the Giro were still in doubt whether they would get in shape in time. With Damiano Cunego and Sylwester Szmyd, they both had strong helpers at their side who could have taken on the role of team captains if necessary. Other possible overall winners were Fränk Schleck from Luxembourg from RadioShack-Nissan , who was nominated for his injured teammate Jakob Fuglsang at short notice , and Domenico Pozzovivo ( Colnago-CSF Inox ), who won the Giro del Trentino in April . John Gadret ( Ag2r La Mondiale ), José Rujano ( Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela ) and Roman Kreuziger ( Astana Pro Team ) were given outsider chances to win .
World champion Mark Cavendish ( Sky ProCycling ) was the main candidate for the victories in the mass sprints on the flat stages . In addition to the British, almost all other world-class sprinters such as Tyler Farrar , Matthew Goss , Theo Bos , Mark Renshaw and Andrea Guardini were at the start.
Since Stefano Garzelli's team Acqua e Sapone had not received a wildcard, the defending champion did not start in the mountain classification. As his possible successors, for example, Emanuele Sella or José Serpa (both Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela ) were traded, but there was no clear favorite in this special ranking. For the first time this year, the leader's jersey was no longer green, but instead blue at the sponsor's request.
Ratings in the course of the race
The table shows the leaders of the respective overall standings after completing the stage.
Young talent evaluation
Trofeo Fast Team
|1.||Taylor Phinney||Taylor Phinney||not forgiven||Taylor Phinney||Garmin Barracuda|
|2.||Mark Cavendish||Alfredo Balloni|
|4th||Ramūnas Navardauskas||Ramūnas Navardauskas|
|6th||Adriano Malori||Miguel Ángel Rubiano||Adriano Malori|
|7th||Ryder Hesjedal||Peter Stetina|
|14th||Ryder Hesjedal||Rigoberto Urán|
|15th||Joaquim Rodríguez||Matteo Rabottini||Sergio Henao|
|20th||Joaquim Rodríguez||Lampre ISD|
Reporting in Germany
For the second time, a German-language program booklet was published in the run-up to the Giro, which the organizer produced in cooperation with the trade journal Procycling . The television channel Eurosport broadcast several hours of the stages live every afternoon and broadcast shortened repetitions of these.
- Official website
- Giro d'Italia 2012 in the ProCyclingStats.com database
- ^ Mortirolo das L'Alpe d'Huez des Giro d'Italia. (No longer available online.) Eurosport.yahoo.com, May 25, 2012, archived from the original on May 29, 2012 ; Retrieved July 7, 2012 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- ↑ 2012 Giro d'Italia wildcards named. cyclingnews.com, January 10, 2012, accessed April 24, 2012 .