Eire’s Sam Bennett gained a dash end on the Imola racing circuit to take stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia.
In dire situations, what ought to have been 214km of build-up to a bunch dash as an alternative grew to become one other thriller.
And the 27-year-old Bennett judged his transfer to perfection to take the win from Danny van Poppel and Niccolo Bonifazio.
Britain’s Simon Yates, who gained Wednesday’s stage into Osimo, maintains his general lead on Tom Dumoulin at 47 seconds.
Bennett, who additionally gained stage seven into Praia a Mare, turns into the primary Irishman to win a number of phases at one of many sport’s Grand Excursions because the nice Sean Kelly on the Vuelta a Espana of 1988.
He mentioned: “It was a tricky finale. I did not know the way a lot power the 2 riders in entrance had left on the finish.
“I made a decision to go early – I did not know if I might maintain it however I believe I caught a couple of abruptly in order that labored to my benefit.”
Heavy rain had begun to fall with simply over an hour of racing to go, and prompted splits within the peloton because the roads crammed with standing water and spray kicked up from the wheels.
Fast-step Flooring’ Italian sprinter Elia Viviani, winner of two dash phases within the Giro’s first week and one of many favourites for this stage, was a type of caught out, and Bennett’s Bora-Hansgrohe staff went to the entrance of the principle group to drive the tempo on.
Yates was being effectively protected by his Mitchelton-Scott team-mates because the pack approached the ultimate 15 kilometres on the racetrack.
Tim Wellens was the primary to make a transfer however was caught with 10km to go as lightning strikes flashed within the darkening sky.
The course then left the circuit for a quick climb and Carlos Betancur and Diego Ulissi have been the subsequent to make a transfer, holding a slim six-second lead on a twisty, sodden descent earlier than Matej Mohoric went to the entrance.
However Bennett’s energy took him clear as he launched a protracted dash with 400 metres to go, with none of his rivals ready to stick with him.
Bennett’s win narrows Viviani’s lead within the factors classification, with one other sprinters’ stage to return on Friday earlier than the race takes on the fearsome Zoncolan climb on Saturday.
Stage 12 outcome:
1. Sam Bennett (Irl/Bora-Hansgrohe) 4hrs 49minutes 34secs
2. Danny van Poppel (Ned/LottoNL-Jumbo) similar time
three. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Bahrain-Merida)
four. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel/Katusha-Alpecin)
5. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel/BMC Racing Staff)
6. Michael Morkov (Den/Fast-Step Flooring)
7. Manuel Belletti (Ita/Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)
eight. Clement Venturini (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale)
9. Florian Senechal (Fra/Fast-Step Flooring)
10. Enrico Battaglin (Ita/LottoNL-Jumbo)
Total standing after stage 12:
1. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 51hrs 57minutes 55secs
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Staff Sunweb) +47secs
three. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +1min 4secs
four. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 18secs
5. Richard Carapaz (European/Movistar) +1min 56secs
6. George Bennett (NZ/LottoNL-Jumbo) +2mins 9secs
7. Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC Racing Staff) +2mins 36secs
eight. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Professional Staff) +2mins 54secs
9. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +2mins 55secs
10. Fabio Aru (Ita/UAE Staff Emirates) +3mins 10secs