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Giro d'Italia Standings 2012: Sandy Casar Makes Move Up GC, But Still Behind Joaquim Rodriguez, Ryder Hesjedal

The 2012 Giro d'Italia nearly had a new maglia rosa wearer and general classification leader, but Sandy Casar was unable to overcome Lars Bak's spirited run at the end of Stage 12. Had he maintained that lead, Casar would have been the leader.

However, Casar did wind up moving into third place, putting him 26 seconds behind Joaquim Rodriguez. Rodriguez kept the maglia rosa and a 17-second lead over Garmin-Barracuda's Ryder Hesjedal. Other Garmin riders within a few minutes of Rodriguez and Hesjedal include Peter Stetina (+2:03) and Christian Vande Velde (+2:11). The rest of the tam is over 60 minutes behind.

Here is how the top 10 in the general classification has shaken out (full leaderboard):

Posn. Name Country Team Time d
1 Joaquim Rodriguez ESP KAT 51:19:08 0:00
2 Ryder Hesjedal CAN GRM 51:19:25 0:17
3 Sandy Casar FRA FDJ 51:19:34 0:26
4 Paolo Tiralongo ITA AST 51:19:40 0:32
5 Ivan Santaromita ITA BMC 51:19:57 0:49
6 Roman Kreuziger CZE AST 51:20:00 0:52
7 Benat Intxausti Elorriage ESP MOV 51:20:00 0:52
8 Ivan Basso ITA LIQ 51:20:05 0:57
9 Damiano Caruso ITA LIQ 51:20:10 1:02
10 Dario Cataldo ITA OPQ 51:20:11 1:03

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