Giro d’Italia Stage 8: Hectic Start to the Second Week13. May 2017, Peschici (ITA) — Road Team
The second week of the Giro d’Italia got off to a fast start with a nervous stage from Molfetta to Peschici, including two categorized climbs and a tricky uphill finale which saw Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar Team) take the win.
With the stage profile suited to a breakaway making it to the finish, it was always going to be a battle to make the selection. However, it took over 30km for the breakaway to form after multiple attacks were shut down by the peloton.
It was a flying start to stage 8 with the peloton covering 55km in the first hour of racing, before settling into a rhythm and letting the eventual 16-rider breakaway gain more than three minutes.
The peloton kept the breakaway close and inside the last 100km, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) launched a solo attack from the group.
Behind, the remaining breakaway riders and the peloton began the chase and eventually the chasers brought Sanchez back to form a 10-rider group which extended a four-minute advantage on the peloton with 55km to go.
Tejay van Garderen remained in the bunch protected by his BMC Racing Team teammates and up ahead, the breakaway started to disband with Sanchez, Izaguirre, Giovani Visconti (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team) and Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) going clear.
Despite the peloton closing in behind, it was the quartet left to battle for the win and Izaguirre launched his winning move in the final kilometer to take the victory.
Van Garderen crossed the line with the other General Classification favorites just 12 seconds behind.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Tejay van Garderen:
“Usually when a break has the chance to win, those are the ones that are hard to get into and take a lot of time. So today with the tricky final, you knew it was going to be hectic from the start. Plus, a bit of cross wind doesn’t help matters. The team did an amazing job shepherding me through the breakaway. We had guys right up until the final with me and then I just had to stick with the GC guys.”
“It’s a lot calmer when you take it [the finale] from the front and the team did a good job of putting me in a good position. So I was able to just pick my wheels and ride that final climb. The team makes my job a lot easier.”
“Mount Etna was a strange situation with the head wind so we have to look at the conditions tomorrow. But with the gradients of Blockhaus and the distance of Blockhaus, it should set it up nicely for a good GC showdown.”
Maximilian Sciandri, Sports Director:
“Hectic, full gas, dangerous, on the limit, we had a bit of everything today. I think the team was fantastic. Dylan Teuns had a free role today to get into the breakaway but it didn’t happen so then he switched to working with Tejay van Garderen and the rest of the guys worked around Tejay and brought him in safely. The Blockhaus finish tomorrow will start to control the GC a little bit.”
Stage 8 Molfetta > Peschici (189km)
Top 3: 1. Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar Team), 2. Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team), 3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 19. Tejay van Garderen, 28. Dylan Teuns, 34. Ben Hermans
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