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Press Releases | 19.05.2022

Giro Stage 12: Wilco Kelderman takes sixth and moves up to thirteenth in GC

With 204 km, the longest stage of the Giro was on the menu today. The first 100 km steadily went slightly uphill until coming to the Passo del Bocco. A little too hard for the sprinters, but not hard enough to force a battle between the GC riders, the stage was tailored for the break. After the start in Parma, there was a hard fight to make the leading group, which only formed after 65 km. BORA - hansgrohe was represented by Wilco Kelderman in the 25-rider group. With 50km remanning, a trio managed to distance themselves from the leaders and on the Valico di Trensasco ascent, Wilco and three others made a move to chase the leading trio. With 15km to go, the first group on the road had an advantage of almost 1 minute, but in the end the chasers including Wilco were unable to close the gap and the trio fought out the victory among themselves. Wilco finished sixth and moved up 10 places in the GC to 13th position.

 

Result

01 S. Oldani             4:26:47

02 L. Rota                   +0:00

03 G. Leemreize         +0:00

06 W. Kelderman        +0:57

 

From the Finish Line

"We knew that today would be a day for the break. I wanted to go for the stage win and we also had a good chance of doing that successfully. I didn't really expect the attacks to start so early and so it was a bit of a surprise when Oldani, Rota and Leemreize broke away from our group. In retrospect, we may have started too late to bring the trio back and in the end I was only able to fight for fourth place. But I made up a lot of time in the GC today and am now in 13th place." - Wilco Kelderman

"It wasn't easy to get into the breakaway today because everyone knew the parcours was suited to the break. We wanted to try to win the stage with Wilco and he fought really hard, but on the last climb, three riders launched the decisive attack and were unable to be caught. Overall, the guys put in a good performance. Wilco made up 8 minutes in the overall and is now in 13th place, and Jai and Emu also finished safely." - Enrico Gasparotto, Sport Director

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