Yates 8th on stage eight to remain 3rd overall at Giro d’Italia

Sat 13 May 2017

British climber Adam Yates has finished in eighth place on stage eight of the Giro d’Italia, arriving amongst the overall favourites on the uphill finish into Peschici. 

Ahead, Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar) claimed the victory from a surviving breakaway, five seconds ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) and 12seconds ahead of Yates’ group.

“Today went pretty much as expected,” sport director Matt White said. “We knew it could be a good day for the breakaway so we covered moves early to ensure the right composition went away. If it came back together, we knew it was too hard for sprinters and more suited for the punchy climbers.”

“As it turned out Chris Juul-Jensen found himself in the first break by covering the big moves and having Valerio Conti (Bahrain-Merida) in there at just two-minutes down on GC, there were enough teams to keep the race relatively in check.

“In the final 10km we started to see a couple of testing moves by the likes of Mikel Landa (Team Sky) and we also saw FDJ get on the front and they almost brought it back together. 

“Today was another good finish for Adam, he came in comfortably in that group and had it have come back together he would have been a chance.

“But, as we have said, we need to continue to ride conservatively to ensure we can support Caleb (Ewan) in the sprints and Adam throughout the full three weeks. There’s plenty of racing still to come.” 

How it happened: 

It was a far more intense start to stage eight of the Giro d’Italia, with the peloton covering 53.8km in first hour before the breakaway eventually broke free.

Amongst the group was ORICA-SCOTT’s Juul-Jensen who covered the move early but then dropped back on the first climb after it was evident the peloton were keen to control proceedings.

After a solo attempt by Luis-Leon Sanchez (Astana) was pulled back in by the break in front, the peloton eventually let 10 remaining riders out to a four-minute advantage. 

Quickstep Floors controlled things to keep an eye on their overall lead before FDJ took up a more serious chase effort in the final 10kilometres.

Eventually, their efforts fell short as Izaguirre held on for the victory, 12seconds ahead of the fast-closing group of elite chasers.