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The Giro d'Italia has come to an early finish for Simon Gerrans after crashing hard on the wet and technical descent of the Crosara in Stage 12.
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Cycling Central

22 May 2015 - 8:09 AM  UPDATED 22 May 2015 - 10:27 AM

Gilbert does what he does best to win the Giro's 12th stage
Former road world champion Philippe Gilbert returned to form with a trademark victory on the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

While Orica-GreenEDGE have announced Gerran's depature as a precautionary measure, it comes as a blow for Gerrans whose crash-filled season is getting hard to take. This fall marks the fourth major crash of the season for the unlucky Australian.

35-year-old Gerrans hit the ground with 23km to go on the Giro's 12 stage. Wet roads made for a dangerous decent from a category three climb as many riders went off-road and crashed.

Gerrans fell after another went down on the ground in front of him. He recovered to finish the stage, but the accident ruled him out of contention on a day he and his team-mates had targeted.

He eventually rolled through the finish line in Vicenza in 90th position alongside team-mates Luke Durbridge and Esteban Chaves, 13min 36sec behind stage winner Philippe Gilbert (BMC).

“It’s obviously really disappointing for Simon today,” said Orica-GreenEDGE Sport Director, Matt White. “There hasn’t been much time for medical staff to assess too deeply yet but the good news is that whilst it is sore it looks to be just some skin off.”

Wet conditions shaped a hazardous day of racing for Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia.

“It took 70km for the break to go today, it was incredible,” said White. “There were very straight roads, not too much wind and attack after attack.

“By the time the break went there were cross winds and it got really nervous, so we got on the front to chase straight away to make sure it didn’t blow out.

“Then the rain came and it stayed nervous all the way to the final.”

Giro d'Italia broadcast details
SBS will broadcast every stage of the Giro d'Italia live. When possible, we will also live stream the race online here at Cycling Central before the television broadcast begins. In addition to morning highlights online, there will be highlights every day at 6pm on SBS 2.