The Giro d’Italia had a very busy stage this Saturday, due to the constant attacks on the peloton that made up several escapes during the day. And it is that the route invited to that, because it was presented as a layout typical of a classic in which runners specialized in this type of competition could find good returns.
That is why many runners went in search of victory, but the natural selection in the last ascents of the day was able to each one in his place. Only a group of four runners was the one that remained in the lead until the finish line, but behind them was another small collective led by the beast Mathieu van der Poel.
Finally, the victory of the stage went to the Belgian Thomas de Gendt, a specialist on days like these who did not miss the opportunity to confirm his favoritism and raise your arms at the goal. Van Der Poel’s group was just 15 seconds short of catching up with the leaders. If it had happened, perhaps the victory would have gone to the Dutchman, who won the first stage of the Giro and was the leader for three days.
In the platoon there were no major surprises. All the favorites were reserved for this Sunday’s stage, which is high mountain and ends with the ascent to the Blockhouse, a recognized port in which Nairo Quintana won years ago.
Colombians Santiago Buitrago and Iván Ramiro Sosa arrived in the group of favorites and they continue with the hope of having a good performance in the first Grand Tour of the season.
In the general classification, the big winner of the day was Frenchman Guillaume Martin, who broke away from the peloton and deducted three minutes from the favorites. This allowed the Cofidis runner to climb 24 places in the table and now appear in fourth place, one minute and 6 seconds behind the leader Juan Pedro López.
How was the Giro d’Italia today (stage 8)
The first four places went to the escapees who had the most resistance, while other men arrived behind who were very close to reaching the leading group.
- Thomas of Gendt
- David Gabburo
- George Arcas
- Harm Vanhoucke (at 4 seconds)
- Biniam Girmay (15 seconds)
General classification Giro d’Italia 2022 after stage 8
Here are the top 10 places in the general classification of the Giro:
|one||Juan Pedro Lopez (ESP – Trek)||28:39:05|
|two||Lennard Kamna (ALE-Bora)||00:38|
|3||Rein Taarama (EST – Instermarché)||00:58|
|4||Guillaume Martin (FRA-Cofidis)||1:06|
|5||Simon Yates (GRB – BikeExchange)||1:42|
|6||Mauri Vansevant (Quick-Setp)||1:47|
|7||Wilco Kelderman (NED-Bora)||1:55|
|8||Joao Almeida ( POR – Emirates||1:58|
|9||Pello Bilbao (ESP – Bahrain)||2:00|
|10||Richie Porte (Australia-Ineos)||2:04|