On the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) is most at ease. The Belgian came out on top of the 21 riders who took off at the start of the race. Currently, Guillaume Martin has made a leap in the overall classification, finishing 4th.
With its hilly contours, this stage around Naples (153km) should easily smile at the rider over bumps like the day before. The big favourites of the day, Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay didn’t give up on the day. The two drivers joined 19 other drivers for the day’s race. However, it was indeed veteran Thomas De Gent who beat the Dutch-Eritrean duo on stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday.
Again not interested in winning the stage, the favorites in the general classification let the daring slip away.In this large group we found regulars for long break with Thomas De Gendt and the French William Martin This will by no means be the last time it will be back in the overall standings thanks to the run away.
46 kilometers from the finish line, the breakout erupted under the insatiable impulse Matthew Vanderpoel He left with Mauro Schmid and Biniam Girmay. In the end, a group of outsiders, including De Gent and Hamm van Hook, built a significant 40-second lead against the Dutchman. Van der Poel had the mark, and he did most of the work in the second group along with Martin, Wout Poels, Schmid and Girmay.
Degent is the best
On the final climb of the day, the gap between the leading groups narrowed, but still enough to believe in victory. Despite falling in the open grave, Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay failed in their careers. The winner will be decided in a sprint between the top four. Harm Vanhoucke starts the sprint for his teammate Thomas De Gendt. The 35-year-old Belgian easily won over Davide Gabburo and Jorge Arcas and won his second Giro d’Italia at the legendary Stelvio, a decade later. Biniam Girmay finished 5th and Van der Poel 7th.
The peloton cut the line nearly four minutes behind the fighter. If Juan Pedro Lopez was able to react to Lennard Kämna’s cowardly attack to keep the pink jersey, Guillaume Martin was on the podium in the general classification (1 4th in ’06).
With the awesome Blockhaus climb (13km, 8%), the hot event starts tomorrow. On the heights of Abruzzo, Roman BardRichard Carapaz and Simon Yates will face off and give the first indication of their status.