Giro d’Italia: Stage 12 finish line quotes

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) – stage winner

“I think it was a bunch sprint but it was a tough final. We still had two guys in front – I didn’t know how much energy they had left but I didn’t want another stage getting away from me. So I decided to go early – I didn’t know if I could hold it or not. I think I caught some guys by surprise, so it worked to my advantage.

“I think the way it happened, that I had to go so early and I pulled it off – it’s a nice way to win. It gives me confidence.

[Did you know Viviani was dropped?] “We knew in the crosswinds but then we heard he was back. Then when it was lined out we heard he was gone again, so then it didn’t really matter if he was there or not. We wanted to do the race to win. We were just trying to keep good position and race tactically well.”

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Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) – best young rider

[On his scare getting split off with 25km to go] “It was a bit of a scare because the bunch was split with 25km to go, but with the help of the team I managed to get back on. It was no problem in the end.

[On Betancur’s attack] “We thought Betancur could win the stage – he was feeling that he had very good legs, so he attacked. He was very close to winning. Our team is going very well these days, so we are very happy.”

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – race leader

“It was good conditions for an Irishman [Bennett]! It was a very difficult final. I think a few guys underestimated that, me included. I think we’ve come through without any time loss, so it’s OK.

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) – late attacker

Chad Haga (Team Sunweb) – teammate of Tom Dumoulin

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