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Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog.

My name is Sam Blom and I will keep you informed about the eighth stage in the Giro d'Italia.

Lots of fun!



  • Giro d'Italia

  • Stage 8

  • Riders started from Foggio

  • Expected finish time: around 5.10 pm

  • View the time differences here

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Another 2.5 km

- Victor Lafay is joining!

He jumps away from the chasing group and has arrived at Lafay in no time.

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Another 3 km 

- Campenaerts has to release and that means that Giovanni Carboni will go solo towards the finish.

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Another 3.5 km

- Campenaerts and Carboni took ten seconds.

Gougeard is still there.

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7 km to go - 

Now it is Campenaerts and Carboni who jump away!

Gougeard is also trying to come along, but that is not very well with the Frenchman.

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At the top of the general classification, no shifts seem to take place.

Or do unexpected things happen on the final climb towards Guardia Sanframondi?

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Another 9.5 km 

- Goossens and Campenaerts will not get away, but it is becoming increasingly restless in the leading group.

With the final climb approaching, several riders try to attack.

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Another 10 km

- Just before the climb, the two Belgians try to run away.

Goossens turns on and Campenaerts follows.

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17 km to go

- It breaks loose in the leading group!

Campenaerts tries to sprint away, but that fails.

In a few kilometers we will start the last climb, of which the top is also the finish.

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Another 30 km

- Gaviria has returned to the leading group and so the nine are complete again.

Again the names:




  • Nélson Olivera (Movistar)

  • Victor Lafay (Cofidis)

  • Francesco Gavazzi (EOLO-Kometa Cycling Team)

  • Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè)

  • Nikias Arndt (Team DSM)

  • Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal)

  • Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

  • Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën Team)

  • Victor Campenaerts (Team Qhubeka-ASSOS)

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Another 38 km

- Fall Fernando Gaviria!

In the descent the Colombian flies out of the corner and smashes on the asphalt.

He is back on his bike, but has lost the connection with the leading group for a while.

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46 km to go

- Without major developments, the leading group has arrived at the head of the Bocca della Selva and started the descent.

The peloton is about 6.30 minutes behind.

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The team of rosette jersey wearer Attila Valter, Groupama-FDJ, has been at the head of the peloton for a long time.

They don't kick really hard, because the lead of the leading group remains above seven minutes.

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Another 53 km

- Dylan Groenewegen had to release in the peloton.

Climbing the Bocca Della Selva has become too much for the Amsterdammer.

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Another 58 km

- The leading group has started the biggest obstacle of this stage, the climb of the Bocca Della Selva.

After a long descent, another climb follows in the last ten kilometers towards the finish town Guardia Sanframondi.

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Another 62 km 

- Material breakdown at George Bennett, but the New Zealander from Jumbo-Visma seems to be able to return to the peloton without any problems.

That keeps the legs quite still in this phase of the stage.

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Attila Valter rides comfortably in the peloton and the Hungarian has every reason for that.

The highest placed rider in the leading group is Nélson Olivera, fifteen minutes from Valter.

The current leading group is therefore no threat to its pink jersey.

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70 km to go

- The lead of the leading group is seven minutes, so it seems inevitable that the stage winner will come out of this nine.

The riders will find themselves at the foot of the Bocca della Selva, a climb of the second category.

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Caleb Ewan has had to give up Lotto-Soudal due to knee pain, according to his team.

Then he would not have voluntarily gotten off to focus on the Tour de France.

Unfortunately @CalebEwan had to abandon #giro with pain in the knee.

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Avatar Author Lotto Soudal Moment of places 12: 42 - May 15, 2021

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Another 90 km 

- The flight gets all the space from the peloton and has a lead of more than five minutes.

The riders are approaching the intermediate sprint, where a few seconds (3, 2 or 1) can be won for the first three riders.

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Another 100 km

- It is now clear that we are dealing with the flight of the day.

The peloton let go of the nine and let the gap go up to almost three minutes.

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106 km to go 

- With the utmost effort, Campenaerts has managed to join the leading group, which now consists of nine riders.

They still have half a minute on the peloton.

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110 km to go

- The escape attempt seems successful, the group of eight takes half a minute on the peloton. 



The names:


  • Nélson Olivera (Movistar)

  • Victor Lafay (Cofidis)

  • Francesco Gavazzi (EOLO-Kometa Cycling Team)

  • Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè)

  • Nikias Arndt (Team DSM)

  • Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal)

  • Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

  • Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën Team)



Victor Campenaerts (Team Qhubeka-ASSOS) is still in pursuit and tries to hook up.

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Another 112 km 

- Another escape attempt and it seems to have a serious chance of success.

A group of eight is gone, including Fernando Gaviria, who seems to have set his sights on the points in the intermediate sprint.

The Belgian Victor Campenaerts is in pursuit of the eight.

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The green landscape is the backdrop for the eighth stage, which is very restless, but still without a leading group.

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Another 120 km

- Mäder and Batistella have not left the peloton either.

However, there are still plenty of riders who do not give up hope and try to form a leading group.

Among others, Taco van der Hoorn, the winner of the third stage, reports in front.

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Report Caleb Ewan! 

The Australian gives up after two stage victories.

The Australian already indicated before the Giro that he wants to win a stage in all three grand tours this year and could therefore get out early if he had a stage win.

That moment is now here.

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Another 132 km

- Samuele Batistella and Gino Mäder have made a hole in the descent of an uncategorized climb.

However, the lead is still small.

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138 km to go

- The riders now have to cover a six percent gradient.

The peloton is still together, although the unrest continues to reign.

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144 km to go 

- The battle for the flight of the day has not yet been decided.

A large group throws the bat back into the chicken coop, but the peloton, especially INEOS, does not seem to give its blessing yet.

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Remco Evenepoel was recorded on sensitive plate before the start of the stage.

Selfie time with the #Giro fans 😃 Photo: @BeelWout

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Avatar Author Deceuninck-QuickStep Moment of places 10: 10-15 May 2021

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155 km to go

- As expected, the escape attempt with Bernal was not successful.

We now have to wait for the next attack waves.

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Another 159

km 

- Rosette carrier Atteli Valter was in the second part of the broken peloton, but the two groups have now merged again.

Vicenzo Nibale and Romain Bardet can also breathe a sigh of relief, they had also missed the battle and were in the second peloton.

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Another 162 km 

- Chaos trumps in the opening phase of the stage.

The leading group has still not left and the peloton has broken in two.

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Another 165 km

 - A large group is breaking away from the peloton and a striking name in that group is Egan Bernal, the number three in the general classification and perhaps the top favorite for the pink jersey.

Due to its presence, it seems unlikely that this group will get space from the peloton.

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Start! 

The flag is waved and immediately we see the first attack attempt!

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In a few minutes the starting gun will sound for the official start of the stage.

The profile of the eighth stage looks like this.

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The pink jersey is still on the shoulders of the Hungarian Attila Valter after yesterday.

The Belgian Remco Evenepoel follows in eleven seconds.



The top ten of the general classification:


  • 1. Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ)

  • 2. Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +11

  • 3. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +16

  • 4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) +24

  • 5. Louis Vervaeke (Alpecin-Fenix) +25

  • 6. Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) +38

  • 7. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) +39

  • 8. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) +41

  • 9. Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +47

  • 10. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +49

in 21 hours

Read our full preview for today's stage here.

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These are our favorites for the stage



victory

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thomas De Gendt


⭐⭐⭐⭐ Diego Ulissi


⭐⭐⭐ Nicholas Roche


⭐⭐⭐ Rémi Cavagna


⭐ Bauke Mollema


⭐ Giovanni Visconti

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After Caleb Ewan's impressive sprint victory yesterday, the peloton is now ready for the eighth stage in the Giro.

A stage that will probably be intended for the adventurous riders.

Perhaps Bauke Mollema can make another shot at the stage victory, after his failed attempt in stage 6.

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