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Giro agony as Ireland's Sam Bennett is pipped on the line for a THIRD time

Dumoulin retains the maglia rosa as Fernando Gaviria wins stage 12.

Italy Giro Cycling Fernando Gaviria celebrates with Bennett, out of picture, behind him in third. Source: AP/PA Images

SAM BENNETT CAME heartbreakingly close – again – to ending Ireland’s 30-year wait for a stage win at the Giro d’Italia.

The Carrick-on-Suir man was pipped on the line in a sprint finish to the 12th stage, coming in third behind Fernando Gaviria and Jakub Mareczko.

Source: inCycle/YouTube

The win completes a hat-trick of stage for Colombia’s Gaviria, who strengthens his grip on the points classification, but for Bennett it’s another superb performance and near miss following two third-place finishes last week.

Tom Dumoulin retains the race leader’s maglia rosa.

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