(Reuters) - German veteran Andre Greipel claimed his third stage of this year's Giro d'Italia after his Lotto-Soudal team powered him home on a pancake flat 12th stage on Thursday.
The Belgium-based outfit turned the last 15km of the 182km stage in the lowlands near Venice into a team time trial as the Red Express roared around the streets of Bibione.
All eight riders stayed wheel to wheel, stretching the peloton, before Greipel took over and blasted to the line, using all his experience to hold off young Australian Caleb Ewan.
Race leader Bob Jungels retained the Maglia Rosa after finishing safely in the bunch.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)