By Graham Jones
and Barry Boyce

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Tappa 12, May 20th, Alleghe to Rovereto, 178 km

Friday's Rolling Respite

The day only difficulty, the climb to the category 1 Passo di San Pellegrino, came at 9 km into stage 12. With tough climbing on tap for the weekend (* see Special Note below) the peloton enjoyed the rolling respite of Friday’s stage.

SPECIAL NOTE: Saturday’s epic 217 km stage includes 6 major climbs with a finishing climb to Ortisei. Sunday’s 210 km, ‘3 climb’ stage 14 features the brutal climb of the Passo di Stelvio (this year’s Cima Coppi). 

After the summit of the San Pellegrino (at 26.8 km of the 178 km stage) the course turned almost entirely downhill into the finish in Rovereto. 

The only attack of the day came from Selle Italia’s Philippe Schnyder (Sui), who was 176th in the General Classification. 

Selle Italia’s Philippe Schnyder [ Image ©: ]

Schnyder easily won the day’s Intergiro sprint before waiting for the meandering peloton to catch him.

The meandering peloton [ Image ©: ]

Inside 5 km to go the Silver Train took control and drove Alessandro Petacchi to the finish. Petacchi did not disappoint and sprinted home for his second stage win of 2005.

Stage winner Alessandro Petacchi [ Image by La Gazetta ]



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