Giro d’Italia Stage 8: De Marchi Digs Deep14. May 2016, Arezzo (ITA) — Road Team
Alessandro De Marchi put up a good fight to finish in fifth place on Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia, a stage which saw a change to the General Classification.
De Marchi made a breakaway of 13 riders who built a solid lead of five minutes throughout the stage which finished on the dirt roads of the Strade Bianche course. On the final climb Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx Quick-Step) attacked solo, managing to secure the race win and take the Maglia Rosa.
De Marchi tried to stay with Brambilla but couldn’t quite bridge the gap, eventually coming home a minute and a half behind.
Quotes of the Day
Alessandro De Marchi:
"The plan was to find a breakaway but the start of the stage was really crazy, and finally when we made the breakaway it was already a bit difficult. You never know what the bunch is going to do when you have a rider like Brambilla in there who isn't far down on GC. When we arrived at the last climb I was feeling okay but i could see that a couple of the riders were looking really strong. I was prepared for a bit battle and when Montaguti went I sat back and waited a bit. But then I knew that I had to go and had to try, because it is stupid to sit back and wait and not take the opportunity. So I went and I tried to do the best climb that I could. But I was really at the limit so now I know that I am missing a bit in terms of climbing."
"But if the plan is to get in the breakaway and you succeed in doing this, then it is already a good sign. Now we have to recover and put an 'x' next to some of the other stages which could be good for us. If you don't try, you won't win."
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“The plan today was to get Alessandro in the breakaway because he was really motivated for it and it was a stage that was well suited to him. It was a really tough breakaway to get in to and there were multiple attempts in the first 30km. When you look a the guys who were in it there were a lot of strong riders, including a couple like Brambilla who wasn't too far behind on GC.”
“Alessandro did a great job throughout the day and looked strong but ultimately he didn't have the legs on the final climb. It was a good test of his form and I think he can definitely try to get in another breakaway during this Giro d'Italia."
"Tomorrow is another important stage with the time trial, so we are hoping that Stefan Küng can come out and do a good time."
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 8 Foligno to Arezzo (186km)
Top 3: Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx Quick-Step), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team).
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