May 20, 2005 – Fassa Bartolo is making up for lost time in the early stages of the tour, where they were unable to make the slightest dent in the standings, by guiding sprinter Alessandro Petacchi to his second stage win of the Giro. Other than a nice win for Petacchi, the twelfth stage of the Giro, 178km from Alleghe to Rovereto, was uneventful, yielding little in the way of attacks: a recovery stage, before the monster mountain stage on the menu tomorrow.
The day saw a single serious attack, by Selle Italia rider Philippe Schnyder, who attacked at athe 60km mark and was caught with 30km to go. An attack clearly designed to log precious sponsor time on TV, but which achieved little else on a stage with a single early climb and a long flat/descending ride to the finish.
But when it comes to billboard time, the Fassa team is beginning to show the jersey — en masse — when it really counts. Yet again, they were able to seize control of the race in the final kilometers, led by the omnipresent Marco Velo, and launch Petacchi to a convincing sprint win. A final try by Paride Grillo (Panaria) to pre-empt the Fassa launch failed, when Petacchi switched and claimed the win with disconcerting ease. On GC, nothing of note, with all favourites finishing comfortably in the main pack.
Tomorrow’s stage is a very severe test: a menu featuring five ranked climbs in the Dolomites strung out over 218km is certain to leave no one begging for seconds.
Stage 12 – May 20: Alleghe – Rovereto, 178 km
1. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4.50.00 (36.206 km/h)
2. Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
3. Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Illes Balears
4. Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
5. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole
6. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
7. Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone
8. AurÃ©lien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
9. Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Domina Vacanze
10. Baden Cooke (Aus) Francaise Des Jeux
40. Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team s.t.
171. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 1:27
GC after stage 12:
1. Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 53.55.20
2. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 0.18
3. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 1.04
4. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 2.27
5. Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze 3.45
6. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4.34
7. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 4.48
8. Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 5.25
9. Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 5.58
10. Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 6.10
96. Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 53.27
172. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 1.27.51