Lorenzo Rota took second place in Genova after spending the day in the breakaway alongside Rein Taaramäe. This twelfth stage of 204 kilometer, the longest in this 105th edition, began with a long battle between numerous candidates for the early breakaway.
Lorenzo Rota was the first rider to attack, causing splits in the breakaway. The Italian rider was first on top of La Colletta (9km at 4.3%) and was joined by two riders downhill. This new leading trio resisted to the chasers on the slopes of Valico di Trensasco (4.3km at 7.9%), which was also covered by Rota first. The three riders sprinted for the victory in the streets of Genova and Rota was defeated by half a bike length, obtaining the fourth podium of the team since the start of the event. This new strong collective performance enabled Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux to reconquer the lead in the team classification after this twelfth stage.
"I wanted to stay in the slipstream of Oldani as long as possible and pass him at the right moment. But he was just faster. I’m of course disappointed to miss the victory, but I look on the bright side. We’re only halfway though this Giro and my feeling is getting better day by day. More opportunities to embellish our Giro before the finish in Verona will come!"