Giro shorts: Stage 12 review

Stage 12 – Seravezza to Sestri Levante, 155km

Stage profile: A rolling day with four categorised climbs, with the last the third category climb of Villa Cassani which leads into a tricky downhill then flat run to the finish in Sestri Levante. The undulating profile favours a successful breakaway.

Top three: 1.Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol), 2. Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat) +0:11, 3. Andrey Amador (Movistar) same time.

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Giro analysis: How are the favourites shaping up?

We are now just beyond the mid-point of this year’s Giro d’Italia, and although the race does not hit the first of the high mountains until this weekend, the general classification is beginning to take shape, with most of the key names establishing themselves in the top 20 on general classification. But who’s looking good so far, and whose chances are already slipping away to the point where they must attack to keep their receding hopes alive?

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