The Giro is not over! General classification for the maglia rosa has been playing musical chairs. Team Sky’s misfortunes at the Giro weren’t ended with yet another crash today, but were vindicated by a phenomenal performance by Geraint Thomas. But it was Tom Dumoulin who had a masterful ride that won him the stage and took the pink jersey off Nairo Quintana‘s shoulders. Bob Jungels re-joined the top 10 and re-established his maglia bianca credentials. Vincenzo Nibali loses time, but not position.
Flat, hilly, tortuous: Giro Stage 8 had it all and the pace was fast and furious throughout. The route demanded patience and power and the winner delivered with Gorka Izagirre picking his moment to take his first Grand Tour stage win. Mikel Landa launched an attack near the end, threatening the lead of Bob Jungels, but a diligent QuickStep team helped the Luxembourg rider retain the pink. Astana’s Luis León Sánchez offered his tribute to his late teammate Michele Scarponi by soloing on a long breakaway and just missing out on the win.
Not punchy but full of punctures. Giro d’Italia Stage 3 in Sardinia, from Tortoli to Cagliari, was exposed to wide flat roads and crosswinds galore and the last 10km exploded when QuickStep injected some Belgian pace to a very blowy finale. Giro leader Andre Greipel made a valiant effort to crash the party but to no avail. Colombian Fernando Gaviria took the hectic sprint and takes the maglia rosa into the rest day.