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Primoz Roglic has finished the first mountain stage in the Giro d’Italia without problems. The leader of Team Jumbo-Visma finished the twelfth stage between the other GC favourites at just over eight minutes from stage winner Benedetti, who was part of a large leading group. Roglic retained his second place overall. He is now four minutes behind the new overall leader Jan Polanc.
A leading group of 25 riders animated the stage to Pinerolo. They were given a maximum of fifteen minutes before Team Jumbo-Visma took the lead to control the breakaway. There were multiple attacks on the first category climb, but Roglic didn’t face any problems.
“Today was a good day for me and the team”, Roglic said. “After a few relatively quiet days I had to get used to this type of racing again. The Giro is still long; there are still a lot of tough days to come. The team did a great job today and we are looking forward to the next days.”
“Today was okay for us. Primoz finished the stage without problems", Addy Engels explained. “He could easily maintain himself among the others on the climb and finished the stage in an elite group. Beforehand you know that Lopez and Landa are going to attack. Primoz did well not to worry about that. In the end, the difference was only half a minute. The team took the initiative towards the climb, and Antwan, Koen and Sepp were also not far behind after the ascent. These are good signals towards the next stages.”