Uran wins Giro time trial, takes race lead

Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the Stage 12 time trial at the Giro d’Italia on Thursday and climbed into the race lead.

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing), who entered the day with a 57-second advantage over Uran in the GC, lost time throughout the course and now sits second overall at 37 seconds back. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) remains in third, 1:52 behind Uran.

Uran scorched the course, finishing in 57:34, which was 1:17 faster than Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), who held the previous best time and seemed poised to win the stage. Evans crossed the line 1:34 behind Uran in third.

Cool temperatures and rain early in the day led to an uncomfortable ride for many in the field. The roads were wet and both braking and control were affected. As riders screamed around the technical turns of the 42-kilometer route from Barbaresco to Barolo, the screech of wet brakes on carbon rims pierced the air.

By the time the top GC men started, the rain had subsided and the road was drier. There were, however, still sections of the road with either standing water along the edge or a thin layer of water in the middle.

Bad crash

Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Shimano) was taken away in an ambulance after a hard crash on the wet road during the big descent in the opening half of the course.

After realizing he was coming into a corner too hot, Ludvigsson appeared to try to slow down and go a bit wider through the right turn. But he clipped a barrier along the side of the road and landed in a ditch, his bike coming to rest several feet from him.

Team officials and medical personnel attended to him and TV cameras caught him moving his arms and legs. Later, Giant reported that Ludvigsson was sitting up.

“Following his #Giro TT crash, Tobias is up and on his way to hospital for further checks. More to follow later. Best wishes from all team,” the Giant team said in a tweet.

The race picks up again with Friday’s stage 13, which stretches 158K from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese.