Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) sprinted to the stage 8 victory at the Giro d’Italia, winning ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia was the longest of the race, measuring 240km. It was also a day for the sprinters but a very technical final 25km kept everyone on their toes, with 2 sharp right hand corners thrown into the final 800m too.
Giacomo Nizzolo showed positive intent from way out, riding at the head of the peloton for the final hour of the stage. It was looking to be Nizzolo’s day as he negotiated the tricky final descent and was even placed 3rd wheel just before the final corner at 250m to go.
Unfortunately in that final corner, Nizzolo got swamped on the inside with Ewan, Viviani and Ackermann all making a late pass on our Italian. Now out of position, and only 200m to the line, Nizzolo would cross the line 9th on the day.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
It was a long day today with a tricky final 40km. As expected though, the sprinters teams wanted to control the stage as there are becoming less opportunities for them as we head toward the 2nd week of the Giro. Giacomo did everything right today in that final hour, and only in the very last corner with 250m to go did he lose position. It was a pity, but that’s how sprinting goes sometimes. Although few, there are still some chances left so these near misses will just add fuel to our fire on the next sprint opportunities.