The Italian rider Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step) won Stage 8 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, Foligno – Arezzo, of 186km. Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) finished second and third.
Victory brought Brambilla the race lead and the Maglia Rosa by 23″ over Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha).
Seconds after the stage finish, stage winner and new Maglia Rosa Gianluca Brambilla said: “This is amazing! My idea at the beginning of the Giro was to focus on today’s stage and I’ve made it but I cannot beieve that I’ve done it. I have to thank Matteo Trentin because he did an excellent job. I was the rider who initiated the breakaway but he did most of the work until I rode away in the steep part of the climb. I’m delighted. Everything is going well for me this year. The birth of my daughter Asia twenty days ago has also changed my life. It’s beautiful”.