The Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) won Stage 8 of the 101st Giro d’Italia, Praia a Mare-Montevergine di Mercogliano of 209km. Davide Formolo (Bora – Hansgrohe) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) finished second and third, respectively.
Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) remains the race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) – 209km in 5h11’35”, average speed 40.246km/h
2 – Davide Formolo (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 7″
3 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) s.t.
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 16″
3 – Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott) at 26″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Richard Carapaz, said: “I’m very happy and emotional. It’s my first Grand Tour victory. I’ve worked hard to get here. I had good legs from the bottom of the climb. I had to try from far out because I had little chance to win a sprint. I chose the right moment from 2km to go. It’s still a long way to Rome and I’m yet to understand what else I can achieve but this is already beautiful.”
The race leader, Simon Yates, said: “I wanted to ride at the front because of the rain in the final. The hairpin in the corners were slippery. We rode an easy tempo. I would have liked to take some bonus seconds but I got a little boxed in. However, it’s still a good day for us, I think.”