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Giro d'Italia - Stage 8
Giro d'Italia


Stage 8 / 21: Mountainous, 186.5km

Fiuggi - Campitello Matese

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Bongiorno a Fiuggi, signore, signori! This is stage 8 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia, as we head into week number two! And we have something new today: the first category 1 climb - which is the final climb of the day, which should provide us with a great spectacle!

We already said it, today's stage will kick off in Fiuggi - and we guess the riders have made good use of the spas around here, after yesterday's marathon stage! But unlike yesterday, the specialists for flat roads won't appreciate today's stage at all, as we're off to a steady up-and-down!

At least, given that the start line is at almost 600m above sea level, the first kilometers will be mainly downhill. But well, the organizers serve the riders a warm-up appetizer, the hill up to Veroli just about 20km into the race. Although not classified, it's a rather steep uphill section, already testing the riders' legs a bit.

But that's not all - by far not. After the descent down to about 220m above sea level, as well as one of the only short flat sections of the day, the riders will start the climb to Forca d'Acero (Maple Fork) - about 1,250m of elevation gain within 30km. It isn't a really steep climb - but a long one. We'll see who will be able to keep up on this category 2 mountain, whose top will be reached after 79.4km - i.e. with more than 100 kilometers still to go. Whoever loses contact on this climb might really struggle making the time limit!

This pass is the entry point to the Abruzzo national park - meaning that the climb belongs to the Appennino abruzzese, the part containing the Apennine's highest peaks. We'll then have a multi-step descent, discontinued by many short, uncategorized hills. After the first such hill and the following descent, the riders reach the intermediate sprint in Villa Scontrone, after exactly 120km.

Another climb to Rionero Sannitico, descent to Ponte Vaudra, and then the very steep ascent to Valico del Macerone - uncategorized in this edition as well. Only 45km to go from there, including a downhill to Isernia, a much less difficult climb up to Castelpetroso - and then the final descent to San Massimo, from where the final climb starts.

This climb is about 10km long and ends in San Massimo's ski resort of Campitello Matese, which is situated in the Matese mountain chain. But as we're not in winter, we won't go skiing, but crowning the conqueror of the first category 1 KoM sprint - although the finish line once again isn't exactly at the top, but after a short descent.

With a maximum of 26 KoM points on offer, will we have a new KoM leader tonight, or can pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Malecki and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Budenieks still hold on to their joint lead? And can Maglia Rosa pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Malecki defend this jersey for one more day, given he's not among the strongest climbers? Will we see a sixth straight breakaway win, or will finally one of the stage favorites stand on top?

When speaking of them, let's see who the bookies rank highest today. Without any surprise, the strongest climbers come first, namely pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Kritskiy. Especially the Slovene will need a great stage to reduce his handicap from stage 4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Reis, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Barguil and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Haig are then ranked ahead of stronger climber (on paper) pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Amador, who is accompanied by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Shikai, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Schleck and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Bongiorno on the 1-star-list. Let's hope that all these great riders finally step into action and bring us some fireworks today!


It's another beautiful day here in Italy, with just a few clouds and no wind - so everything is set for a great day! Let's get that stage started!


3 - 2 - 1 - gone! And gone are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom - once more - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Haugard, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal and constant underperformers pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Campero. I'm not quite sure if pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Haugard has the correct profile in his mind, but well... Maybe he just wants to gain some advantage on the pack to not miss the time limit?


And on it goes, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Turek and Maglia Bianca pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Barthe, followed by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Setiawa and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Gradek. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Kosic and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Salcone are trying to jump away, too.


But a dozen doesn't seem to be enough, so pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Schönberger, stage 6 winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Nych and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk are attacking as well.


There's no cease-fire yet, as riders continue to leave behind the pack. We have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Affonso and yesterday's winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Bugge, followed by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Rajapakshage, who is himself chased by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu.

And we can as well see pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli (well, we can't see him, as he's hidden by the car) and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Van Niekerk on the attack. How many does that make so far? And will the pack still be happy with the situation?


That makes 23 so far, and yes, the pack doesn't care so far. Instead, four more riders decide to escape a dull day in the pack: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis.


No, that's no replay, these are indeed more attackers: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Danacik, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Vanbilsen, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidl and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poel. But now it's enough, isn't it?


At least, no team seems to have further aspirations to place someone up front. And the remaining teams aren't too worried, either, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Van Winden setting an easy pace. So we should soon have all these escapees regroup, right?


Indeed. After not even 15 kilometers covered, the enormous Breakaway of the Day has taken shape, comprising 31 riders. There are definitely too many of them to present them all individually, so let's just recall their names and let's see who stands out of this group.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKennapcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Schönbergerpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Danacikpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Turek
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernalpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirrepcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Barthepcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Nych
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Romanpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Buggepcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Gradek
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costaglipcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Salconepcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Rajapakshage
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poelpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakaloupcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidlpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Van Niekerk
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Camperopcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Affonso
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedelipcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Vanbilsen
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Kosicpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Haugard
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Setiawa
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu

The strongest climber should be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli, who didn't have a very convincing Giro so far. Next is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Campero, who moreover should have great support by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Affonso, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman can count on yesterday's stage winner pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Bugge - if the latter's legs are fresh enough, that is.

Then, we probably should have the strong duos on our list, such as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidl - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Van Niekerk or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre. The latter apparently has decided that if the hilly stages don't work out in his favor, he'll rather try in the mountains. Why not?

Let's also take a look at what pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Moser - Sygic can get out of their massive presence of four riders in this group - they haven't sent a great climber up front, but pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Schönberger could benefit from some good teamwork.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Polar match their strength in terms of numbers, having sent two thirds of their team in the breakaway! These two teams just shouldn't do a pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Grieg-Maersk-like strategy - we've seen yesterday that this doesn't work out too well...

We furthermore have another great puncheur in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell - as well as a top cobbler in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Vanbilsen. Who on the same time leads the fraction of the "anti-climbers", to which we must count the pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Volvo duo pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Kosic - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Haugard as well. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Setiawa, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Gradek, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Turek and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Rajapakshage may have picked the wrong stage to attack, too.

Finally, let's take a look at the GC. And that one is pretty interesting, as we have 2nd placed pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Barthe in this group, as well as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom (7th) and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Nych (8th). Let's see if they can gain further ground on the GC favorites!

In total, we have 15 teams represented in this group - meaning that only 9 teams will be available to share the workload in the pack! Let's see how that one turns out... At the moment, the gap stands at three minutes.


As they attack the first "real" climb, with maximum gradients around 8%, the advantage has only slightly grown, to 3'30".


However, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Fernandes leads the peloton over the top of this short hill, their deficit is up to 5'34" - meaning that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Barthe has the virtual Maglia Rosa! But well, with almost 160 kilometers to go, this isn't that worrying - and the day's biggest obstacle is right ahead.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Mraouni first has another obstacle to overcome, to be specific the gap he has to the pack due to a puncture. Which he does without difficulty, though.


Um... is pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Appollonio's radio broken, or why is he chasing while two of his teammates are up front? Or have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Volvo just realized they sent the wrong guys, and are preparing another attack?

Anyway, the gap has stabilized around 5'30" now.


As we are approaching the longest climb so far of this Giro, let's take a look at the profile. As you can see, it's an extremely long ascent, but not a hard one. There is a short section with slopes aroung 10%, but with less than 5% overall, this one shouldn't confront too many riders with unresolvable problems.


The climb is on for the breakaway! The weakest climber leads them - let's see if pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Vanbilsen will still be around 30 kilometers later!


In the peloton, it's mainly pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Fernandes setting the pace. He is seconded by the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Yatsevich and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Van Winden - not the greatest climbers, to put it politically correct.

The gap has slightly decreased, and is now 5'12". Let's see what that mountain does to this deficit.


The escapees are about to reach the short intermediate descent. All 31 of them are still inside the group - a first obstacle conquered!

Meanwhile, the names leading the pack include pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Leung, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Van Winden, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Yatsevich, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Wohler or pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Kanter - needless to say they haven't approached a lot.


But still, the pace is too high for some of the very weakest climbers! We see pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Major and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Boudat dropping - that could be quite a long day for those!


Ah, now we see why! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Rosskopf has clearly upped the pace in the pack, with the gap almost instantly dropping below 5 minutes.


More and more riders are shed by the pack; besides the two formerly mentioned, we now have as well pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Dillier, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Kolev, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png O'Shea and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Van Zandbeek behind the peloton. Will this be the last time we see them? Will they go home tonight?


Well, it was expected, and now pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Vanbilsen indeed has to let go of the breakaway group. Still 6 kilometers of climbing left for him - which will likely make him lose more time than what he could possibly gain back on the descent.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Generali are now pushing pretty hard, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Dyball and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Brown in the mix as well. Which makes us wave goodbye to a few more riders: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Wolf, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Frison, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Suryadi, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Campenaerts and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Van Winden, who worked until he was burnt out.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Goss joins pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Wolf behind the pack, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Nizzolo, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Appollonio and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/kng.png Leung are just losing contact a little futher up the road.


With 1.1km to the mountain top, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu sprints away from the group. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell is the first to react, with the others seemingly taking it a little easier so far.


Top puncheur pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell easily sprints past pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu to claim maximum points on top of Forca d'Acero. The latter is even caught by the rest of the group - let's see who takes the remaining points!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman outsprints the Venezuelan as well; the latter has to settle for 3rd. Here are the full points:

1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell - 10 (10)
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman - 8 (8)
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu - 6 (6)
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli - 4 (7)
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk - 2 (2)

This result already ensures that none of the escapees could take the exclusive lead in the KoM standings now; pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell could at most match the co-leaders if he wins the stage.

Even though some gaps occur among the breakaway riders on the final inclines, they regroup on the downhill, having only lost pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Vanbilsen on this long climb.


Just before the pack reaches the final slopes of the climb - which are somewhat flatter - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Yatsevich pays for his leading efforts and gets dropped as well. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Meyer doesn't look great, either, but could just hang on thanks to the lesser gradients.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Rosskopf then leads the pack across the top, having gained another minute on the climb. The peloton is trailing the breakaway by 4'04" - with still more than 100 mostly undulating kilometers to go!


The pack is now quickly closing in, and they can already see the leaders on this counterslope, before the escapees will descend to the intermediate sprint. 3'18" left.


Once more nobody is interested in the points at this intermediate sprint. They cross the line in the following order:

1. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Turek - 10 (10)
2. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Van Niekerk - 6 (6)
3. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Affonso - 4 (4)
4. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou - 2 (2)
5. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu - 1 (1)


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Generali and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png EA Vesuvio have joined forces to chase down the breakaway. However, this hasn't been very fruitful on the downhill, as the gap is still at 3'15". 65 kilometers yet to cover.


Let's just take one last picture of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Major - who already trails by almost 20 minutes when reaching the intermediate sprint. It doesn't look great for him and those right in front of him.


Meanwhile, the front of the race is approaching the steep yet uncategorized climb of Valico del Macerone. Less than 4 kilometers long, but the first 2.5km are close to 10% in average gradients - not an easy one after 140km!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Affonso leads the breakaway into what must feel like a wall to them. Let's see if all of them make it across the top inside the group.


About three minutes later - yes, the gap is still quite constant - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Kneisky leads the pack when entering the same climb. The GC favorites are very attentive, well knowing that a mistake at this point could cost them dear.


As had to be expected, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Haugard finally has to let go of the breakaway and will soon be caught by the pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Generali-led pack. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Haig in the first positions - do they plan an attack already now?

Further up the hill, we can see pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Kosic struggling as well, meaning pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Volvo might lose both of their escapees on this same hill.

The gap is now down to 2'41"; the pack slowly approaches, with 45km still to go.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Kosic actually made it back on the descent, but pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Vendrame still decides his teammate isn't enough of an excuse for not leading any more, pulling the peloton down the hill. 2'25" remaining for the final 40 kilometers.


The hill has made an impact in the pack, too. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Covi, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Sajnok, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Arif Prayogo, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Meyer, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Dewulf and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afk.png Clarke are the next distanced riders.


But now the pack is moving really fast, having reduced the deficit to 1'32" within the next 10 kilometers. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Rajapakshage and again pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Kosic are dropping off the leading group, whereas the pack waves goodbye to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Dal Col, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/grm.png Hofstetter and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Granjel Cabrera. Still no big names, but a shrinking peloton is a clear sign of a fast pace.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu is leading the escapees close to the top of the last hill before the finale. The pack is trailing by 1'24" and is about to catch pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Turek, who fell off seconds before. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Setiawa has just been shed as well, leaving 25 riders up front.


Just over the top of the said hill, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal decide it's time to move!

The attack is enough to shake off pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Gradek and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Nych, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Salcone losing some meters as well!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poel jumps up front as well! 27km to go, whereof about half are downhill.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Fernandes has again upped the pace back in the bunch, with even some gaps occurring now! Only pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Kritskiy, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Barguil, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Haig, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Amador, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Shikai and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Schleck were positioned close enough to the front to be on the right side of this one!


Some more riders have caught up with the first group, including pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Faglum Karlsson - that's probably why pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Carapaz is setting a really high pace now, surely limiting his own chances for a great result today.

Still, the gap to the front group has slightly increased again, due to the acceleration up front.


20 kilometers to the finish line, so about 6km until the start of the final climb. 18 riders remain in this group, with the four leaders still some seconds ahead. And the pack still 1'12" behind this group.
Giro d'Italia


Stage 8 / 21: Mountainous, 186.5km

Fiuggi - Campitello Matese

Part 2 / 2


The breakaway group has fallen into pieces, as we're on the last 500 flat meters of the day!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Amezawa is setting a huge pace, and is about to reel in pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Van Niekerk and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Campero, who once again won't be able to show his great climbing skills.

We then have a group of five some seconds ahead: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk.

Up front are left:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKennapcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Schönbergerpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Danacik
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernalpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Barthe
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poelpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidl
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Bugge
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Affonso
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell

The pack trails by one minute flat!


And here's the profile of today's final ascent! Overall, the climb up to Campitello Matese isn't very hard, but about half way up we'll have slopes of more than 10% - a great place to launch an attack and then extend the lead on the rest of the climb!

The top of the climb is reached about 400 meters from the finish line, hence we'll have a very short descent to the end - but now it's upwards for the next 13 kilometers!


Now it's pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Pruus taking over in the pack. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Aker - MOT are working pretty hard lately - to prepare the ground for a decisive attack?

2nd overall pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Barthe was dropped from the front on the first slopes - and fell back to the peloton in no time, even left behind by the group that's between the pack and the front. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Affonso was with him and is just a few meters ahead of the pack as well.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Bugge, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Danacik and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Schönberger have fallen back to the second group as well, which is trailing the leaders by 27".

For the pack, it's still 1 minute to the front - when will we see the first attacks from the peloton?


But instead of increasing further, the pace has now clearly dropped in the pack! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Amezawa had taken the lead again, but he was definitely completely empty, clearly slowing down the whole bunch!

Which means that the gap has gone up again to 1'48" as finally a fresher looking rider takes over with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Girdlestone.

Let's try to get an overview with 12km to go:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costaglipcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernalpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakaloupcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidl
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKennapcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munozpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreupcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poelpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom
+ 28"
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Romanpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergispcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirrepcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli
+ 1'48"

Only pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Aegon - Peroni still have two riders left up front - a great performance, given that both aren't exactly among the top climbers.


After pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Girdlestone had to lead the pack as well while being already completely exhausted, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Harper finally decides that the speed could be a little higher again. With the breakaway riding clearly faster than the pack on the last kilometers, that could be a wise choice - the gap is up to 2'24" now!


Already with 10 kilomters to go, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli feels like he's still got a lot left in his legs and tries to ride away solo! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz is trying to get to his wheel, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna shows no reaction and tries to ride a steady pace.


While pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Harper was forced to do more work than he actually could do in an efficient way, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Grigrian takes over under the 10km banner. But given that his teammate is still in the fight for the stage win, we can't really call this a chase - he's rather controlling the pack.

Where are the attacks?


Well, we saw one up front - and the attack from pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli seems to stick! He's already 40" ahead of the chasers, by which pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz is about to be caught. He had to accept that he simply wasn't strong enough to keep up with the Italian up front!

Nothing has changed behind this group, we still have the same five riders about 50" behind. The pack is already trailing pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli by 2'48"!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Iino is now leading the peloton as they reach the steeper slopes of that climb. However, there seems to be not much power left in his legs, as the pack's deficit has gone up to 3'16"! It's really time to attack now, with just about 7km to go!


Meanwhile, the second group of chasers has finally joined the first one - with the exception of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Izagirre, about to be caught by the pack, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli is 1'17" ahead, the peloton 2'25" behind - making a total distance of 3'42" between pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli and the stage favorites!


What a great day that could be for Italy, with a home rider winning this 8th stage! However, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli still has 5 uphill kilometers to go.


And his chasers have now stabilized the gap at around 1'15" - they need to ride faster to catch him, though!

In this second group, we have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal and the duo pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou. What a great performance by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk, who both were about to be caught by the peloton at the start of the climb - and who are now fighting for the stage win, or at least a podium!

Behind this group of five, we have a sixpack: pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidl and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poel, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom just had to let go. And just coming around the corner, we see pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli, who still hasn't been caught by the pack!

And when speaking of the pack: they are more than 4 minutes behind now, deliberately throwing away yet another stage win!


With 5 kilometers left, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidl had to let go of the second chasing group as well, and has already dropped behind pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom.

And the peloton is at... 5 minutes! Seriously?!? What are they actually gaining money for?


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli still has a comfortable lead of more than a minute with only three kilometers remaining!

Meanwhile, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou is dropped by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna's steady yet pretty high pace.


The first of the remaining breakaway riders to be caught is actually pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Zoidl, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli still a few meters ahead of a peloton in slow-motion! Let's just take a look at the current timings:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli
+ 1'03"
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernalpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergispcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijkpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna
+ 1'25"
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou
+ 3'45"
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Romanpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munozpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreupcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poel
+ 4'47"
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom
+ 5'30"
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lpu.png Fedeli
+ 5'43"
Bunch of snails

Yes, Radio Tour has just communicated the largest gap between the front of the race and the pack in this whole stage! What is happening here? Does nobody want to win this Giro? For the stage win, it's too late anyway...

And it's probably needless to say that Maglia Rosa pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Malecki is sitting safe in the pack... With pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk up front, his team actually didn't have to work at all today, therefore being able to fully focus on the current GC leader.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli has already left behind the Fiamma Rossa, meaning there are only a few ascending meters left! With his still pretty comfortable gap of 1'03", the dream of his first ever GT stage win - in his home GT nota bene - could materialize really soon!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna are doing really well, riding at the same pace as the leader - but this probably means they will just be fighting for 2nd!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou is already more than 2 minutes behind, but still another 2 minutes ahead of group pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman.


And the peloton? Well, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe has come to the front now, but given that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Boom has still not been caught, he isn't really pushing. All the GC contenders are in the first positions now, so it will be impossible to launch a surprise attack.


Uh-oh, just ahead of the red kite, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal probably has to bid goodbye to his podium ambitions for today! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis are preparing for a final push for 2nd, whereas pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli already sees that final turn that marks the end of the climb!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Teodoro Costagli never looked back after his decisive attack! He just rode away from the others with 10 kilometers to go and celebrates an amazing solo win here in Campitello Matese! Congratulations to the Italian for this great victory on home soil!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sergis then loses contact with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna just on the very last meters of the climb! The latter two will definitely sprint for 2nd - can the Irishman make use of the better position and of his superior acceleration? Or will his routine help pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk secure that spot?


But just as they head onto the final 500 meters, we finally get some promising images from the pack, where pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak has launched the finale with his attack! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Barguil, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Chiarello are following closely, whereas all the others are caught behind helpers pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Amezawa and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Niu! Well, the latter is actually protecting his leader pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Arndt, so that isn't necessarily a bad thing...


400 meters left for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna, with the Dutchman taking the inner lane in this final turn. Can pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna benefit from a bigger speed by taking the outside?


It doesn't seem so, as he's still behind with 300m to the line! Who will take it?


In the meantime, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Barguil and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Chiarello have caught pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Boswell and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png van der Poel, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz still some meters ahead.

It doesn't actually look like a good idea that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Talansky is bringing pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Haig back to the front - where his leader is just trying to gain back a few seconds!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Arndt is still on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Niu's wheel; he seems to have a lot of confidence in his Chinese domestique. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Kritskiy, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/aeg.png Valls, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Schleck, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Aru, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/fes.png Bongiorno and all the others are still there - with GC leader pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Malecki just next to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Shikai. No, he won't lose that jersey today, that's for sure!

And by the way, Maglia Ciclamino pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Demare is still in this group as well, proving just how amazingly slowly the peloton climbed up this mountain...


But let's get back to the sprint for 2nd, where pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna is now clearly the faster rider on the closing meters! Can he still get that 2nd place?


No, he can't - pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Steven Kruijswijk wins this sprint and gets his team another stage podium! That's a great result for a rider who was almost swallowed by the pack with 15km to go - well done!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Sean McKenna will probably have mixed feelings about his 3rd place. On one hand, it's always great to get a GT stage podium. But on the other side, his team wasn't able to play their numbers well enough to get the big win. But given that pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli was just superior today, this might finally not hurt that much.

4th place then goes to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Kaspars Sergis, who worked all his way back together with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk - but finally didn't have enough power, despite the help of his teammate. The Latvian loses 1'04" on the day, with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kruijswijk and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png McKenna crossing the line 45" after the stage winner.


Back to the fight in the pack then! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe have now opened a slight gap to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Chiarello with just a bit more than 1,000m to go! However, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Talansky should definitely not take the lead now!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Niu is still doing a great job for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Arndt as well, with the German still being protected unlike most others!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Egan Bernal finishes ahead of the peloton as well, coming in 1'32" behind pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli. 5th place is definitely a strong result from the youngster - we can expect much more from him already next year, for sure!


Just after the red kite, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe catch up with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Roman, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Munoz and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Abreu - but they likely won't be able to catch pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Sakalou as well.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Niu is still leading out pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Arndt, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Talansky has finally understood he shouldn't push too hard now!


With 700m to go, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe is about to draw level with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak, who has done all the work so far! Can the Estonian gain back the few seconds he lost on the likes of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Haig in the TTT? And will pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak reap the fruits of his labor?


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Andrei Sakalou then makes it two Top 6 finishes for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Evonik - ELKO - however, with no podium included, this still won't be a very satisfying result for the team. He crosses the line 2'32" after pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli, and we're now waiting for the GC contenders!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe has now clearly left behind pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Spilak, as he heads into the final descending meters! The duo still has a small gap on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Arndt, who has finally left pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Niu's slipstream and might have the most energy left!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Rein Taaramäe indeed claims today's 7th place, showing his muscles on the final kilometers. He loses 3'36" to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli - but how much can he gain on the rest?

Well, you guess the answer: nothing. at. all. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Simon Spilak in 8th place gets the same time, just as a very strong pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Nikias Arndt in 9th.


And so does pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tti.png Timofey Kritskiy, who gets the final spot inside the Top 10. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Jack Haig finishes 11th, whereas the officials have to review the images of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eav.png Andy Schleck and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gen.png Andrew Talansky crossing the line. The former apparently was a few millimeters ahead to claim 12th.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Warren Barguil is 14th, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Yikui Niu crowns his stellar leadout with today's 15th place.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ubs.png Jorge Abreu and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Chen Shikai are the next riders to cross the line.


And even the group led by pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png William Chiarello, wo claims 18th place, gets the same time. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ebd.png Fabio Aru and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/yor.png Daniel Munoz round off today's Top 20.


However, here the officials DO give a gap, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Kozhatayev, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Mager and Maglia Rosa pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Malecki are clocked at 4'12" - losing 36" to pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe. Still, given the advantage the Pole had pre-stage, he's far from losing this pink jersey.

When speaking of losing: among the losers today we have once again pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/ino.png Brenes, who simply hasn't found his climbing legs so far and finishes 4'25" back. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Ji was in this group as well, and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Carapaz, after having led the chase for some time, only comes in about 7 minutes after the stage winner!


Among the biggest losers we surely have pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/vlv.png Haugard as well. After having been dropped by the breakaway, he dropped down all the way to the end of the race, finishing almost 55 minutes later than pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli. With the cutoff being set at 1h13', though, all riders will be allowed to the start line again tomorrow!


But we'll talk about tomorrow later - for now, let's join the locals in celebrating pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Teodoro Costagli's great win here in Campitello Matese! He knew from the start he probably was the strongest climber, he had great helpers with him - and he finally did a 10km solo to grab the stage win - congratulations! What an amazing way to get your first GT stage win!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Steven Kruijswijk showed a great performance as well, first catching up with the front group after having already felt the peloton breathing down his neck, and then riding all the way to 2nd! And it's a good result as well for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mos.png Sean McKenna, who narrowly lost the sprint for 2nd after having done a lot of work in the chasing group.

A total of 6 escapees finished ahead of the stage favorites - it's the sixth stage in a row going to the breakaway! When will the pack finally decide to stop that winning streak?

And: today, we had the 4th out of 15 participating Italians winning a stage in their home GT - that's pretty amazing, too!


"Amazing" is absolutely the right word to describe pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kamil Malecki's performance so far, too! With the pack deciding to make it an easy ride up the last mountain, the Pole never was in danger of losing a lot of time, not to mention the Maglia Rosa.

On the contrary: After pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Barthe, 2nd in the GC pre-stage, was dropped from the breakaway, he went on to lose almost half an hour, dropping down to 98th in the GC. Which means that we have now pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Kristaps Budenieks - who lost 13" on pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Malecki today - in 2nd place, 9'23" back!

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Christian Mager in 3rd place is already 11'33" behind the leader, making it absolutely possible that the Pole will hold on to this jersey this whole week long!

Behind pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Steven Kruijswijk in 4th, we now have the best GC contender - which is still pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnm.png Jack Haig - up to 5th place, 12'14" down. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Mikel Bizkarra is the only other breakaway rider who is still sitting in the Top 10 (9th), but the GC favorites are slowly taking over. Except on the very top. They can't afford many more stages like today - or we'll have a sensational GC winner...

...who is of course still in the lead in the U25 standings as well. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Kristaps Budenieks is 2nd, ahead of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/isa.png Getachew Sendeku, who trails by 14'02" already. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Bernal, who claimed 5th place today, has moved up to 5th, one second behind pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Taaramäe's domestique pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/akm.png Amezawa.

And pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kamil Malecki still shares the KoM lead with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Kristaps Budenieks as well, both totalling 26 points; in fact, even pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/iso.png Mikel Bizkarra stays in 3rd place with 18 points, as nobody won more than 16 points today (and had many of them before).


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Arnaud Demare easily retains his lead in the points competition, where we didn't even see a single change among the Top 10, be it in terms of positions or even of points. He still leads with his 82 points, 10 points ahead of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Kamil Malecki, and 16 ahead of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pol.png Artem Nych, who missed out on moving up to 2nd by not competing in the intermediate sprint today.

With another hilly stage coming up, can the Frenchman increase his lead tomorrow?


And last but not least, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gzl.png Gazelle get yet another appearance on the podium, as they not only retain their lead in the team standings, but they extend it to 6'56", now ahead of pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/evo.png Evonik - ELKO. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/pum.png Team Puma - SAP move up to 3rd after a very good stage result - but they already trail by 11'30".

Once again, we come to the end of the day's broadcast. And once again, we can hardly believe what we just saw. A peloton simply refusing to work on the final climb - while being already within one minute of the front and hence of the stage win - that sounds really crazy. And it was.

Nonetheless, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/rak.png Costagli won't care about this, as he'll celebrate a well deserved stage win tonight. But don't party too much, as another tough stage is awaiting us tomorrow - more than 200 kilometers are on the menu - and more total elevation gain than today! We're looking forward to that one - hoping for the big guns to finally start shooting!


1Teodoro CostagliRakuten Pro Cycling5h20'03
2Steven KruijswijkGazelle+ 45
3Sean McKennaMoser - Sygics.t.
4Kaspars SergisEvonik - ELKO+ 1'04
5Egan BernalPolar+ 1'32
6Andrei SakalouEvonik - ELKO+ 2'32
7Rein TaaramäeAker - MOT+ 3'36
8Simon SpilakGeneralis.t.
9Nikias ArndtTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
10Timofey KritskiyTeam Tinkoff - La Datchas.t.
11Jack HaigBennelong - Mitcheltons.t.
12Andy SchleckEA Vesuvios.t.
13Andrew TalanskyGeneralis.t.
14Warren BarguilMoser - Sygics.t.
15Yikui NiuTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
16Jorge AbreuTeam UBSs.t.
17Chen ShikaiRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
18William ChiarelloEvonik - ELKOs.t.
19Fabio ArueBuddys.t.
20Daniel MunozcycleYorkshires.t.
21Rafael ReisKing Powers.t.
22Francesco BongiornoFestina - OAKAs.t.
23Rafael VallsAegon - Peronis.t.
24Ian BoswelleBuddys.t.
25Alex KirschEA Vesuvios.t.
26Andrei AmadorTeam UBSs.t.
27Aleksandar RomanIsostar - Specializeds.t.
28Marcus Faglum KarlssonVolvo acc. by Spotifys.t.
29Sigurd NessetGrieg-Maersks.t.
30Winner AnaconaISA - Hexactas.t.
31Denys KarnulinGazelles.t.
32Tim KennaughcycleYorkshires.t.
33Bakhtiyar KozhatayevIsostar - Specialized+ 4'12
34Kamil MaleckiGazelles.t.
35Christian MagerTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
36Tao Geoghegan HartGazelle+ 4'25
37Louis VervaekeGazelles.t.
38Gregory BrenesIndosat Ooredoos.t.
39Giovanni CarboniAegon - Peronis.t.
40Jianhua JiISA - Hexactas.t.
41Mathieu van der PoelAegon - Peronis.t.
42Getachew SendekuISA - Hexactas.t.
43Anatoliy SosnitskiyGazelles.t.
44Jonathan SalinasAir France - KLMs.t.
45Mikel IturriaGrieg-Maersks.t.
46Valerio ContieBuddys.t.
47Guillaume MartinAir France - KLMs.t.
48Martins BlumsEvonik - ELKOs.t.
49Charalampas KastrantasFestina - OAKAs.t.
50Vegard Stake LaengenGrieg-Maersks.t.
51Kristaps BudenieksEvonik - ELKOs.t.
52Peter VelitsAegon - Peronis.t.
53Takeaki AmezawaAker - MOTs.t.
54Giulio CicconeAegon - Peronis.t.
55Andres PaezAir France - KLM+ 5'19
56Andris VosekalnsEvonik - ELKOs.t.
57Mikel BizkarraIsostar - Specialized+ 6'05
58Michail MavrikakisFestina - OAKAs.t.
59Rafel MajkaeBuddys.t.
60Jay McCarthycycleYorkshires.t.
61Benoit CosnefroyGrieg-Maersks.t.
62Arnaud DemareTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
63Lars BoomAegon - Peronis.t.
64Richard Antonio CarapazVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 6'57
65Thery SchirTeam UBSs.t.
66Nikita NovikovTeam Tinkoff - La Datchas.t.
67Aleksey RybalkinTeam Tinkoff - La Datchas.t.
68Tomoyuki IinoRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
69Artur GrigrianTeam UBSs.t.
70Dayer QuintanaAker - MOTs.t.
71Nikolaos IoannidisFestina - OAKAs.t.
72Rhys GillettGrieg-Maersks.t.
73Aleksa CrnceviccycleYorkshires.t.
74Petr VakocISA - Hexactas.t.
75Lennard HofstedeeBuddys.t.
76Ingus EislersEvonik - ELKOs.t.
77Neilson PowlessGazelles.t.
78Brendan CantyBennelong - Mitchelton+ 7'31
79Daniel TeklehaimanotKing Powers.t.
80Tom WirtgenEA Vesuvios.t.
81Tobias LudvigssonGeneralis.t.
82Pavel SivakovTeam Tinkoff - La Datchas.t.
83Benjamin DyballGeneralis.t.
84Sebastien IvarsTeam UBSs.t.
85Jose FernandesGeneralis.t.
86Thomas KoepAegon - Peronis.t.
87Cameron BaylyBennelong - Mitcheltons.t.
88Alex AranburuAker - MOTs.t.
89Nathan BrownGeneralis.t.
90Jose GoncalvesTeam UBSs.t.
91Chris HarperBennelong - Mitcheltons.t.
92Ioannis SpanopoulosFestina - OAKAs.t.
93Timothy RoeBennelong - Mitcheltons.t.
94Felix GrossschartnerGrieg-Maersks.t.
95Peter PruusAker - MOTs.t.
96Keagan GirdlestoneEA Vesuvios.t.
97Alessandro FedeliLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
98Sven Erik BystromAir France - KLM+ 8'30
99Joey RosskopfGenerali+ 10'13
100Valentin MadouasTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
101Ian BibbyGazelles.t.
102Matthew HolmescycleYorkshires.t.
103Andreas VangstadAker - MOTs.t.
104Riccardo ZoidlFestina - OAKA+ 11'21
105Remi CavagnaTeam Puma - SAP+ 11'55
106Kazushige KubokiRakuten Pro Cycling+ 13'20
107Jerome CoppelcycleYorkshires.t.
108Yuttana ManoKing Powers.t.
109Hsuan Ping HsuKing Powers.t.
110Bob JungelsEA Vesuvios.t.
111Sergey LuchshenkoIndosat Ooredoos.t.
112Coen VermeltfoorteBuddys.t.
113Marcel AreggerTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
114Patrick NaudEvonik - ELKO+ 14'48
115Emiliano ContrerasISA - Hexactas.t.
116Kai ReusRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
117Ivan Garcia CortinaPolars.t.
118Tobias FossAker - MOTs.t.
119Gregory DanielIsostar - Specializeds.t.
120Jaime CastrilloAker - MOTs.t.
121Morgan KneiskyEA Vesuvios.t.
122Michael HepburnMoser - Sygics.t.
123Jacob SalconeRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
124Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaIndosat Ooredoos.t.
125Guy SagivTeam Puma - SAPs.t.
126Alex WohlerBennelong - Mitcheltons.t.
127Ka Hoo FungKing Power+ 16'48
128Ivo OliveiraGeneralis.t.
129Ion IzagirrePolar+ 18'02
130Nejc KosicVolvo acc. by Spotifys.t.
131Nicolas EdetAir France - KLM+ 18'59
132Davide GabburoIsostar - Specializeds.t.
133Michal KukrleMoser - Sygics.t.
134Salah Eddine MraouniISA - Hexactas.t.
135Gonzalo SerranoGrieg-Maersks.t.
136Bas Van der KooijeBuddys.t.
137Abdul GaniIndosat Ooredoos.t.
138Patrick GamperLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
139Andrea VendrameVolvo acc. by Spotifys.t.
140Elias AfewerkiEA Vesuvios.t.
141Anton VorobevTeam Tinkoff - La Datchas.t.
142Max KanterEA Vesuvios.t.
143Adrian MaloriTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 22'04
144Elia VivianiKing Powers.t.
145Daniil FominykhTeam UBSs.t.
146Danny Van PoppeleBuddy+ 24'12
147Ryan MullenPolars.t.
148Peter KennaughAir France - KLMs.t.
149Raul Granjel CabreraMoser - Sygics.t.
150Gabriel CullaighcycleYorkshires.t.
151Kenneth VanbilsenLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 25'16
152Jingbiao ZhaoRakuten Pro Cyclings.t.
153Murilo AffonsoISA - Hexactas.t.
154Szymon SajnokLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 25'44
155Alessandro CoviLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
156Hugo HofstetterGrieg-Maersks.t.
157Dealton Nur Arif PrayogoIndosat Ooredoos.t.
158Piter CamperoISA - Hexacta+ 27'06
159Vegard Robinson BuggeIsostar - Specialized+ 27'27
160Andrea Dal ColTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 27'43
161Sebastian SchönbergerMoser - Sygic+ 28'20
162Jakub DanacikMoser - Sygics.t.
163Aidan Van NiekerkFestina - OAKA+ 28'31
164Cyril BarthePolar+ 29'41
165Cameron MeyerBennelong - Mitchelton+ 31'24
166Stan DewulfLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeams.t.
167Simon ClarkeAir France - KLM+ 32'18
168Tushantha RajapakshageRakuten Pro Cycling+ 34'05
169Kamil GradekIsostar - Specialized+ 34'31
170Artem NychPolar+ 35'25
171Chun Wing LeungKing Power+ 39'21
172Giacomo NizzoloFestina - OAKAs.t.
173Kiril YatsevichTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 40'54
174Davide AppollonioVolvo acc. by Spotifys.t.
175Daniel TurekMoser - Sygics.t.
176Ronan Van ZandbeekVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 42'17
177Justin WolfIndosat Ooredoos.t.
178Matthew GossIndosat Ooredoos.t.
179Frederik FrisonAegon - Peronis.t.
180Victor CampenaertsVolvo acc. by Spotifys.t.
181Dennis Van WindenKing Power+ 45'45
182Bambang SuryadiIndosat Ooredoo+ 46'10
183Iliyan KolevIsostar - Specialized+ 49'22
184Glenn O'SheaBennelong - Mitcheltons.t.
185Silvan DillierTeam UBSs.t.
186Thomas BoudatcycleYorkshire+ 52'15
187Jay MajorAir France - KLM+ 52'55
188Phan Age HaugardVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 54'40



1Kamil MaleckiGazelle32h40'16
2Kristaps BudenieksEvonik - ELKO+ 9'23
3Christian MagerTeam Puma - SAP+ 11'33
4Steven KruijswijkGazelle+ 11'37
5Jack HaigBennelong - Mitchelton+ 12'14
6Timofey KritskiyTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 12'20
7Warren BarguilMoser - Sygic+ 12'32
8Rein TaaramäeAker - MOT+ 12'36
9Mikel BizkarraIsostar - Specializeds.t.
10Rafael ReisKing Power+ 12'42
11Chen ShikaiRakuten Pro Cycling+ 12'49
12Andrew TalanskyGenerali+ 12'50
13Francesco BongiornoFestina - OAKA+ 12'54
14Sigurd NessetGrieg-Maersk+ 12'57
15Andrei AmadorTeam UBS+ 12'58
16Andy SchleckEA Vesuvio+ 12'59
17Denys KarnulinGazelle+ 13'00
18Chris HarperBennelong - Mitchelton+ 13'03
19Rafael VallsAegon - Peroni+ 13'08
20Fabio ArueBuddy+ 13'31
21Nikias ArndtTeam Puma - SAP+ 13'33
22William ChiarelloEvonik - ELKO+ 13'36
23Marcus Faglum KarlssonVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 13'43
24Lars BoomAegon - Peroni+ 13'50
25Getachew SendekuISA - Hexacta+ 14'02
26Tim KennaughcycleYorkshire+ 14'06
27Jorge AbreuTeam UBS+ 14'40
28Jonathan SalinasAir France - KLM+ 14'42
29Gregory BrenesIndosat Ooredoo+ 14'57
30Bakhtiyar KozhatayevIsostar - Specialized+ 15'11
31Alex KirschEA Vesuvio+ 15'24
32Vegard Stake LaengenGrieg-Maersk+ 15'30
33Sean McKennaMoser - Sygic+ 15'44
34Simon SpilakGenerali+ 16'30
35Arnaud DemareTeam Puma - SAP+ 18'13
36Petr VakocISA - Hexacta+ 18'21
37Richard Antonio CarapazVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 19'01
38Cameron BaylyBennelong - Mitchelton+ 19'24
39Anatoliy SosnitskiyGazelle+ 19'37
40Takeaki AmezawaAker - MOT+ 19'38
41Egan BernalPolar+ 19'39
42Tao Geoghegan HartGazelle+ 19'40
43Peter VelitsAegon - Peroni+ 19'45
44Giulio CicconeAegon - Peroni+ 19'48
45Charalampas KastrantasFestina - OAKA+ 19'57
46Martins BlumsEvonik - ELKO+ 20'11
47Mikel IturriaGrieg-Maersk+ 20'19
48Yikui NiuTeam Puma - SAP+ 20'53
49Ian BoswelleBuddy+ 21'01
50Daniel TeklehaimanotKing Power+ 21'15
51Jay McCarthycycleYorkshire+ 21'31
52Winner AnaconaISA - Hexacta+ 21'33
53Peter PruusAker - MOT+ 21'35
54Andres PaezAir France - KLM+ 21'58
55Valerio ContieBuddy+ 22'22
56Giovanni CarboniAegon - Peroni+ 22'55
57Louis VervaekeGazelle+ 23'07
58Daniel MunozcycleYorkshires.t.
59Andris VosekalnsEvonik - ELKO+ 23'11
60Michail MavrikakisFestina - OAKA+ 23'14
61Tobias LudvigssonGenerali+ 23'32
62Nathan BrownGeneralis.t.
63Kaspars SergisEvonik - ELKO+ 23'33
64Mathieu van der PoelAegon - Peroni+ 23'51
65Andreas VangstadAker - MOT+ 24'01
66Jianhua JiISA - Hexacta+ 24'05
67Rafel MajkaeBuddy+ 24'06
68Aleksandar RomanIsostar - Specialized+ 24'22
69Tom WirtgenEA Vesuvio+ 24'31
70Dayer QuintanaAker - MOT+ 24'58
71Brendan CantyBennelong - Mitchelton+ 25'09
72Tomoyuki IinoRakuten Pro Cycling+ 25'21
73Benoit CosnefroyGrieg-Maersk+ 25'47
74Alex AranburuAker - MOT+ 25'50
75Ioannis SpanopoulosFestina - OAKA+ 25'51
76Aleksa CrnceviccycleYorkshire+ 25'58
77Yuttana ManoKing Power+ 26'16
78Neilson PowlessGazelle+ 26'25
79Guillaume MartinAir France - KLM+ 26'29
80Matthew HolmescycleYorkshire+ 26'35
81Benjamin DyballGenerali+ 26'41
82Aleksey RybalkinTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 26'51
83Andrei SakalouEvonik - ELKO+ 26'56
84Thery SchirTeam UBS+ 27'05
85Teodoro CostagliRakuten Pro Cycling+ 27'49
86Sven Erik BystromAir France - KLM+ 27'55
87Nikolaos IoannidisFestina - OAKA+ 28'13
88Jose GoncalvesTeam UBS+ 28'40
89Pavel SivakovTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 28'48
90Artur GrigrianTeam UBS+ 28'50
91Ion IzagirrePolar+ 29'24
92Davide GabburoIsostar - Specialized+ 29'26
93Timothy RoeBennelong - Mitchelton+ 29'35
94Thomas KoepAegon - Peroni+ 29'36
95Ingus EislersEvonik - ELKO+ 29'41
96Ka Hoo FungKing Power+ 29'46
97Ian BibbyGazelle+ 29'47
98Cyril BarthePolar+ 30'19
99Alessandro FedeliLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 30'39
100Joey RosskopfGenerali+ 30'44
101Riccardo ZoidlFestina - OAKA+ 30'55
102Jose FernandesGenerali+ 31'06
103Lennard HofstedeeBuddy+ 31'25
104Keagan GirdlestoneEA Vesuvio+ 31'26
105Remi CavagnaTeam Puma - SAP+ 32'56
106Hsuan Ping HsuKing Power+ 33'19
107Sergey LuchshenkoIndosat Ooredoo+ 33'27
108Nikita NovikovTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 33'49
109Tobias FossAker - MOT+ 35'38
110Jaime CastrilloAker - MOT+ 36'27
111Kazushige KubokiRakuten Pro Cycling+ 36'31
112Valentin MadouasTeam Puma - SAP+ 36'56
113Guy SagivTeam Puma - SAP+ 37'53
114Salah Eddine MraouniISA - Hexacta+ 39'32
115Jacob SalconeRakuten Pro Cycling+ 39'42
116Jerome CoppelcycleYorkshire+ 40'02
117Sebastien IvarsTeam UBS+ 40'09
118Coen VermeltfoorteBuddy+ 41'10
119Ivo OliveiraGenerali+ 41'54
120Marcel AreggerTeam Puma - SAP+ 42'09
121Morgan KneiskyEA Vesuvio+ 42'57
122Emiliano ContrerasISA - Hexacta+ 43'29
123Bob JungelsEA Vesuvio+ 43'41
124Artem NychPolar+ 43'54
125Vegard Robinson BuggeIsostar - Specialized+ 44'05
126Patrick NaudEvonik - ELKO+ 44'21
127Rhys GillettGrieg-Maersk+ 45'10
128Aidan Van NiekerkFestina - OAKA+ 45'14
129Anton VorobevTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 45'53
130Gregory DanielIsostar - Specialized+ 46'03
131Alex WohlerBennelong - Mitchelton+ 46'30
132Ivan Garcia CortinaPolar+ 47'31
133Elias AfewerkiEA Vesuvio+ 47'51
134Adrian MaloriTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 48'20
135Jakub DanacikMoser - Sygic+ 49'19
136Michael HepburnMoser - Sygic+ 49'34
137Sebastian SchönbergerMoser - Sygic+ 50'22
138Murilo AffonsoISA - Hexacta+ 50'28
139Abdul GaniIndosat Ooredoo+ 50'40
140Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaIndosat Ooredoo+ 51'08
141Elia VivianiKing Power+ 51'10
142Kai ReusRakuten Pro Cycling+ 51'23
143Bas Van der KooijeBuddy+ 52'55
144Jingbiao ZhaoRakuten Pro Cycling+ 53'04
145Daniil FominykhTeam UBS+ 53'16
146Ryan MullenPolar+ 54'20
147Andrea VendrameVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 54'41
148Raul Granjel CabreraMoser - Sygic+ 54'52
149Michal KukrleMoser - Sygic+ 55'02
150Nicolas EdetAir France - KLM+ 55'07
151Max KanterEA Vesuvio+ 55'08
152Felix GrossschartnerGrieg-Maersk+ 55'15
153Piter CamperoISA - Hexacta+ 55'17
154Gabriel CullaighcycleYorkshire+ 56'25
155Peter KennaughAir France - KLM+ 56'55
156Hugo HofstetterGrieg-Maersk+ 56'57
157Patrick GamperLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 59'36
158Danny Van PoppeleBuddy+ 1h00'43
159Nejc KosicVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 1h01'25
160Kamil GradekIsostar - Specialized+ 1h02'16
161Dealton Nur Arif PrayogoIndosat Ooredoo+ 1h03'58
162Andrea Dal ColTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 1h07'20
163Tushantha RajapakshageRakuten Pro Cycling+ 1h08'10
164Szymon SajnokLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h09'39
165Daniel TurekMoser - Sygic+ 1h10'32
166Gonzalo SerranoGrieg-Maersk+ 1h12'08
167Kenneth VanbilsenLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h15'27
168Chun Wing LeungKing Power+ 1h16'22
169Davide AppollonioVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 1h16'37
170Ronan Van ZandbeekVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 1h18'34
171Cameron MeyerBennelong - Mitchelton+ 1h18'44
172Giacomo NizzoloFestina - OAKA+ 1h21'49
173Alessandro CoviLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h24'00
174Simon ClarkeAir France - KLM+ 1h24'40
175Frederik FrisonAegon - Peroni+ 1h27'32
176Kiril YatsevichTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 1h30'13
177Justin WolfIndosat Ooredoo+ 1h32'43
178Dennis Van WindenKing Power+ 1h33'20
179Glenn O'SheaBennelong - Mitchelton+ 1h37'12
180Matthew GossIndosat Ooredoo+ 1h39'00
181Jay MajorAir France - KLM+ 1h44'03
182Victor CampenaertsVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 1h45'29
183Iliyan KolevIsostar - Specialized+ 1h47'09
184Thomas BoudatcycleYorkshire+ 1h49'35
185Phan Age HaugardVolvo acc. by Spotify+ 1h52'02
186Silvan DillierTeam UBS+ 1h53'46
187Bambang SuryadiIndosat Ooredoo+ 1h54'18
188Stan DewulfLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h55'34



1Arnaud DemareTeam Puma - SAP82
2Kamil MaleckiGazelle72
3Artem NychPolar66
4Mikel BizkarraIsostar - Specialized61
5Davide AppollonioVolvo acc. by Spotify50
6Peter KennaughAir France - KLM50
7Kristaps BudenieksEvonik - ELKO47
8Davide GabburoIsostar - Specialized40
9Cyril BarthePolar39
10Valerio ContieBuddy34
11Rein TaaramäeAker - MOT33
12Danny Van PoppeleBuddy31
13Vegard Robinson BuggeIsostar - Specialized30
14Hsuan Ping HsuKing Power30
15Cameron BaylyBennelong - Mitchelton28
16Raul Granjel CabreraMoser - Sygic28
17Ingus EislersEvonik - ELKO26
18Emiliano ContrerasISA - Hexacta26
19Matthew GossIndosat Ooredoo26
20Cameron MeyerBennelong - Mitchelton24
21Charalampas KastrantasFestina - OAKA23
22Alessandro FedeliLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam23
23Jack HaigBennelong - Mitchelton22
24Lars BoomAegon - Peroni21
25Teodoro CostagliRakuten Pro Cycling20
26Ka Hoo FungKing Power19
27Andrew TalanskyGenerali18
28Getachew SendekuISA - Hexacta17
29Steven KruijswijkGazelle17
30Petr VakocISA - Hexacta17
31Yuttana ManoKing Power17
32Keagan GirdlestoneEA Vesuvio17
33Jaime CastrilloAker - MOT16
34Francesco BongiornoFestina - OAKA15
35Simon SpilakGenerali15
36Sean McKennaMoser - Sygic15
37Jingbiao ZhaoRakuten Pro Cycling15
38Ivan Garcia CortinaPolar15
39Warren BarguilMoser - Sygic14
40Chris HarperBennelong - Mitchelton13
41Kaspars SergisEvonik - ELKO13
42Andrei SakalouEvonik - ELKO12
43Christian MagerTeam Puma - SAP11
44Egan BernalPolar11
45Lennard HofstedeeBuddy11
46Timofey KritskiyTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha10
47Nikias ArndtTeam Puma - SAP10
48Daniel TurekMoser - Sygic10
49Gregory DanielIsostar - Specialized10
50William ChiarelloEvonik - ELKO9
51Andreas VangstadAker - MOT9
52Salah Eddine MraouniISA - Hexacta9
53Daniel MunozcycleYorkshire8
54Takeaki AmezawaAker - MOT7
55Patrick GamperLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam7
56Giacomo NizzoloFestina - OAKA7
57Aidan Van NiekerkFestina - OAKA6
58Alex AranburuAker - MOT6
59Sebastian SchönbergerMoser - Sygic6
60Tushantha RajapakshageRakuten Pro Cycling6
61Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaIndosat Ooredoo6
62Gonzalo SerranoGrieg-Maersk6
63Kazushige KubokiRakuten Pro Cycling5
64Gabriel CullaighcycleYorkshire5
65Andy SchleckEA Vesuvio4
66Murilo AffonsoISA - Hexacta4
67Max KanterEA Vesuvio4
68Szymon SajnokLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam4
69Andrei AmadorTeam UBS3
70Patrick NaudEvonik - ELKO2
71Ryan MullenPolar2
72Jorge AbreuTeam UBS1
73Yikui NiuTeam Puma - SAP1



1Kamil MaleckiGazelle26
2Kristaps BudenieksEvonik - ELKO26
3Mikel BizkarraIsostar - Specialized18
4Teodoro CostagliRakuten Pro Cycling16
5Steven KruijswijkGazelle14
6Davide GabburoIsostar - Specialized10
7Sean McKennaMoser - Sygic10
8Ian BoswelleBuddy10
9Getachew SendekuISA - Hexacta8
10Ka Hoo FungKing Power8
11Aleksandar RomanIsostar - Specialized8
12Kaspars SergisEvonik - ELKO8
13Alessandro FedeliLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam7
14Jorge AbreuTeam UBS6
15Egan BernalPolar6
16Charalampas KastrantasFestina - OAKA5
17Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaIndosat Ooredoo5
18Szymon SajnokLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam5
19Cyril BarthePolar4
20Chris HarperBennelong - Mitchelton4
21Christian MagerTeam Puma - SAP4
22Matthew HolmescycleYorkshire4
23Valerio ContieBuddy4
24Andrei SakalouEvonik - ELKO4
25Lars BoomAegon - Peroni3
26Cameron BaylyBennelong - Mitchelton3
27Patrick NaudEvonik - ELKO3
28Rein TaaramäeAker - MOT2
29Yuttana ManoKing Power2
30Tushantha RajapakshageRakuten Pro Cycling1
31Andrea VendrameVolvo acc. by Spotify1



1Kamil MaleckiGazelle32h40'16
2Kristaps BudenieksEvonik - ELKO+ 9'23
3Getachew SendekuISA - Hexacta+ 14'02
4Takeaki AmezawaAker - MOT+ 19'38
5Egan BernalPolar+ 19'39
6Tao Geoghegan HartGazelle+ 19'40
7Martins BlumsEvonik - ELKO+ 20'11
8Andres PaezAir France - KLM+ 21'58
9Giovanni CarboniAegon - Peroni+ 22'55
10Daniel MunozcycleYorkshire+ 23'07
11Mathieu van der PoelAegon - Peroni+ 23'51
12Aleksandar RomanIsostar - Specialized+ 24'22
13Tom WirtgenEA Vesuvio+ 24'31
14Benoit CosnefroyGrieg-Maersk+ 25'47
15Alex AranburuAker - MOT+ 25'50
16Aleksa CrnceviccycleYorkshire+ 25'58
17Yuttana ManoKing Power+ 26'16
18Neilson PowlessGazelle+ 26'25
19Pavel SivakovTeam Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 28'48
20Ka Hoo FungKing Power+ 29'46
21Cyril BarthePolar+ 30'19
22Alessandro FedeliLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 30'39
23Jose FernandesGenerali+ 31'06
24Keagan GirdlestoneEA Vesuvio+ 31'26
25Remi CavagnaTeam Puma - SAP+ 32'56
26Hsuan Ping HsuKing Power+ 33'19
27Tobias FossAker - MOT+ 35'38
28Jaime CastrilloAker - MOT+ 36'27
29Valentin MadouasTeam Puma - SAP+ 36'56
30Ivo OliveiraGenerali+ 41'54
31Artem NychPolar+ 43'54
32Aidan Van NiekerkFestina - OAKA+ 45'14
33Ivan Garcia CortinaPolar+ 47'31
34Andreas Odie Purnama SetiawaIndosat Ooredoo+ 51'08
35Bas Van der KooijeBuddy+ 52'55
36Jingbiao ZhaoRakuten Pro Cycling+ 53'04
37Max KanterEA Vesuvio+ 55'08
38Gabriel CullaighcycleYorkshire+ 56'25
39Patrick GamperLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 59'36
40Szymon SajnokLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h09'39
41Alessandro CoviLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h24'00
42Jay MajorAir France - KLM+ 1h44'03
43Stan DewulfLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h55'34


2Evonik - ELKO+ 6'56
3Team Puma - SAP+ 11'30
4cycleYorkshire+ 11'58
5Isostar - Specialized+ 13'10
6eBuddy+ 13'21
7Aegon - Peroni+ 16'19
8Bennelong - Mitchelton+ 17'37
9Grieg-Maersk+ 18'22
10ISA - Hexacta+ 22'20
11Aker - MOT+ 22'33
12Team UBS+ 25'19
13Festina - OAKA+ 26'26
14Polar+ 26'29
15EA Vesuvio+ 27'11
16Generali+ 27'46
17King Power+ 31'06
18Air France - KLM+ 31'30
19Rakuten Pro Cycling+ 31'50
20Moser - Sygic+ 36'03
21Team Tinkoff - La Datcha+ 39'10
22Volvo acc. by Spotify+ 52'43
23Indosat Ooredoo+ 1h05'35
24Lierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam+ 1h58'30

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