Team Sky leaders Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa safely made it through stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia as the sprinters took centre stage.
The duo were able to safely navigate a tricky technical final 5km rush into Reggio Emilia thanks to their teammates as Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) sealed his third stage win of the Giro on a sweltering day.
After a tough start to the second week, both riders had an opportunity to further recover from crashes and stayed safely in the peloton for the duration of the 229km stage.
An early break had threatened to take the spoils from the sprinters as Mirco Maestri (Bardian-CSF), Sergey Firsanov (Gazprom-RusVelo) and Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) escaped the bunch and extended their advantage to 6’45” at one point.
However, with the mountains looming, the stage always looked set for a sprint and despite a late solo push from Maestri that was only stopped with 7km to go, Gaviria prevailed.