The Spanish rider beat breakaway companions Visconti and Sanchez on the finish line
The Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar Team) won the 189km Molfetta-Peschici eighth stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia. The Italian Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain – Merida) and Spaniard Luis León Sanchez (Astana Pro Team), also in the breakaway, finished second and third.
Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) retains the race General Classification lead, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar Team) – 189km in 4h24’59”, average speed 42.795km/h
2 – Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain – Merida) at 5″
3 – Luis León Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) at 10″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Gorka Izaguirre said: “The stage was very hard. I took the breakaway. The average speed was very high. [Giovanni] Visconti was probably the most dangerous rival for the stage victory in the front group. I’m very happy that I won. I got an opportunity and I’m glad I didn’t miss it.”
The race leader Bob Jungels said: “I didn’t really expect Mikel Landa to attack but I think it was a move to challenge the other teams. But there was still a long way to go till the finish line. I crashed in a downhill with about 35km to go. I just didn’t pay attention and I hit the wheel of a team-mate but it was no problem. We knew it would be a hard start but nobody expected such a competitive stage. It was quite entertaining watch I presume and it ended well for us.”