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Giro notebook stage 12: NetApp getting closer; Bak nabs first grand tour win

Race Notes

The jerseys
Stage winner: Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol) wins out of a breakaway for first career grand tour stage win
Pink leader: Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) keeps pink; Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat) rises to third at :22 back
Blue climber: Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) ends Miguel Rubiano’s six-day run in the KOM jersey
Red points: Mark Cavendish (Sky) defends the points jersey on his first full day in the jersey
White young: Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) continues to lead young rider’s GC

Weather: chance of rain
The Giro’s summer holiday could come to an end as a cool front blows in. Temperatures are expected in the mid-60Fs, mostly cloudy skies and a chance of afternoon showers.

Tomorrow’s stage: Sprinter’s last chance?
The 95th Giro continues Friday with the shortest stage of this year’s edition. The 121km course starts in Savona in the Giro’s last view of the beach and climbs the Cat. 4 Montezemolo climb at 31.7km that should see the day’s main breakaway taking shape.

With five major mountain stages looming in the closing eight stages, the sprinter teams will be under the gun to set up their fastmen in what is likely the last shot for the pure sprinters in the pack. After some nasty finales in the last few sprints, everyone should be happy to see a mostly flat, dead-straight approach with 3km to go all the way to the line.

Expect to see some of the bigger stars to hit the “sprinter express” out of the Giro to regroup for the Tour de France.