The first of two summit finishes ahead of the second rest day, stage eight of the Giro d’Italia looked likely to be one for the break until the final kilometres when one rider accelerated away from the GC group to take the stage win. Tom Dumoulin rolled across the line in 11th place and remains 2nd overall at 16 seconds.
After a fast start to the day, seven riders eventually managed to jump ahead of the peloton opening up a five minute lead. There was no pressure in the chase through the stage, and at 50 kilometres to go, the group still held onto their healthy five minute advantage. It wasn’t until the final climb when the fight for positioning in the bunch resulted in the break’s lead tumbling.
It looked like it would be a day for the break until an attack from the GC group in the final kilometres brought the move to heel. After solid positioning by the team ahead of the final climb, Sam Oomen protected Tom up the ascent. Tom rolled across the line in 11th place with Sam taking 19th. Tom remains 2nd at 16 seconds ahead of tomorrow’s summit finish.
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “It was a hard start, the roads were up, down and twisty. It took a long time before the break left, but we were in control. We focused to have and keep Tom in position towards the final climb in which we succeeded. In the end a big group stayed together at the line where Tom finished 11th.”