Breakaway takes Giro d’Italia stage eight on an uneventful day for Mitchelton-SCOTT

Sat 10 Oct 2020

Mitchelton-SCOTT ticked off another at the Giro d’Italia as the breakaway were allowed to stay away on stage eight.

With both Simon Yates and Edoardo Affini not starting, the squad were down to five riders, but it was welcome uneventful stage as attentions now turn to tomorrow’s mountainous day.

No Stress
Six riders managed to escape in the early kilometres to form the breakaway and the peloton quickly knocked off the pace and allowed the attackers to drift up the road. The advantage of the escapees soon grew out to over nine minutes and the gap reached over 10 minutes at the halfway point of the stage.

It looked like it would then be a routine stage, but Trek-Segafredo had different ideas as they pushed the pace down the descent of the first categorised climb of the day, splitting the peloton in two. Mitchelton-SCOTT found themselves in the second group, but things quickly came back together with 70km remaining.

Break Stays Away
The action in the bunch initially saw the gap to the breakaway start to come down, but it was back up over 10 minutes with 50km remaining. The fight for the stage win now appeared to between the escapees out front as the peloton travelled along a leisurely pace.

The gap was up to over 12 minutes as the breakaway reached the finishing circuit and it was Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) who took a solo victory from the six out front. Meanwhile, the bunch rolled across the line without any further action, with all Mitchelton-SCOTT riders tucked away safely in the pack.

Gene Bates (Sports Director):
"After yesterday’s carnage, both on and off the bike it was good to get through the day safely and we’re looking forward to a big day tomorrow in the mountains, the first real mountain stage of this year’s race.

"It was also a good day for Damien Howson to also get through following his crashes on yesterday’s stage."

Giro d’Italia Stage 8 - Results:
1. Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) 4:50:09
2. Salvatore Puccio (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:15
3. Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal) ST
41. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-SCOTT)+13:56

Giro d’Italia - GC after Stage 8:
1. João Almeida (Deceuninck - Quick Step) 29:52:34
2. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain – McLaren) +0:43
3. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +0:48
17. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-SCOTT)+2:47

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