Giro d’Italia – Stage 8 – Pozzovivo solos, Ryder clings on, the final climb

Domenico Pozzovivo, the tiny pianist from Colnago-CSF, has won the 8th stage of the giro with a stage winning attack 2km from the summit of Lago Laceno. He held the gap through the downhill and claimed his first win in this year’s race coming in with a massive 23 second gap and gathering 20 additional bonus seconds. Movistar’s Benat Intxausti was the only rider able to respond as all others were put on the limit by the Liquigas pace. None more than the Maglia Rosa – Ryder Hesjedal – as he perilously clung to the back of the group of favorites for nearly the entirety of the climb. It looked at a few points as if Hesjedal would crack and the race would ride away from him, but he dug in, made it over the top with the group and preserved the Maglia Rosa.

The group sprint to the line was smartly taken by Joaquim Rodriguez who gobbled up 8 more seconds and closed the gap even further to Hesjedal. J-Rod really looks like the favorite to me this year as he has been lying low, managed through the TT’s in excellent position and is crafty with his strategies.

Tomorrow, it’s back to the flat stage as we head to Frosinone, where the GC contenders should take a back seat to the sprinters who remain. Cav has made it through the first moderate mountain test, so he’ll be wanting to celebrate. There is, however, a short punchy climb with just 5km remaining which may detach some of the fast men before heading downhill into town. We’ll see who makes it in.

Stage 8 Top Five
1. Dominico Pozzovivo (COG)_____6h06’05”
2. Benat Intxausti (MOV)________+23″
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)______+27″
4. Thomas de Gendt (VAC)
5. Dario Cataldo (OPQ)

Complete Stage 8 results: Gazzetta Official

General Classification after 8 stages
1. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)________32h23’25”
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)______+9″
3. Paolo Tiralongo (AST)_________+15″
4. Roman Kreuziger (AST)________+35″
5. Benat Intxausti (MOV)________+35″
6. Ivan Basso (LIQ)_____________+40″
7. Damiano Caruso (LIQ)_________+45″
8. Dario Cataldo (OPQ)________+46″
9. Frank Schleck (RNT)__________+48″
10. Eros Capecchi (LIQ)_________+52″
11. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)________+53″
12. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_______+54″

15. Damiano Cunego (LAM)________+1’14”

33. John Gadret (ALM)___________+2’38”

42. Mikel Nieve (EUS)___________+3’18”

Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official

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