Breakaways made for a chaotic, fast day on the road at stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia with Tom Dumoulin and Wilco Kelderman finishing inside the chasing bunch, along with other GC contenders.
After breakaways going through to the finish over the previous stages, the peloton were reluctant to let any rider go clear. It was only after 60 kilometres that the bunch sat up and allowed 16 riders some freedom up the road.
With Blockhaus looming, Team Sunweb were keen to stay within the safety of the bunch limiting time losses and saving energy for tomorrow’s tough mountain stage. Attacks from the break caused chaos with 90 kilometres left to race and as a result splits formed within the leading group leaving just four riders in contention for the finale.
With the race approaching its pointy end, the realisation that the quartet were going to stay away was made and other GC contenders began to attack from within the chasing pack. As the attacks came in, Team Sunweb were at the head of the bunch chasing the moves down. As the race headed up its final climb, Team Sunweb were represented inside the chasing peloton with both Tom Dumoulin and Wilco Kelderman. Whilst the winner came from the leading quartet, Tom and Wilco finished the day in 11th and 15th respectively with no changes to the overall standings.
After the race Tom explained: “Today was a super tough stage, it was full speed right from the beginning. The racing was hectic with everybody wanting to be in front and nobody wanting to loose time. The guys did a good job once again today and we are all motivated for a good stage on the mountains tomorrow.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “Today was full on from the start. We knew that it was a dangerous stage so we fully focused on bringing both Tom and Wilco into the final climb in a good position. We achieved this and the guys did a good job. Tom had a puncture before the 2nd category climb and the guys were there to bring him back up which was great team work. In the end we had both Tom and Wilco in the first chasing group and they finished with the other GC contenders. I am happy with the corporation of the guys and we look forward to an important mountain stage tomorrow.”