90th Giro d'Italia - Stage 8
Another day for the climbers or an escape in the
mountains and a fight against the sprinters teams to bring the break back before
Courtesy Gazzetta dello Sport
Stage 8 Barberino di Mugello - Fiorano Modenese 200
The first obstacle of the day came at the start with the 13.1 km
climb of Passo Dela Futa a climb with an average gradient of 5% with sections
that max out at 11%. The course continues through the first half of the 200 km
stage through the mountains, the second GPM is the Sistola a 6.7 km test
averaging 6.2% with some final sections of 10%. Shortly after the summit the
riders start the long descent passing through the feedzone a bit more than
halfway with 90 kms to go. This is followed by a generally downhill ride for the
next 30 kms and then rolling terrain for 50 kilometer to a slightly uphill
finish in the last kilometers.
T-Mobile sets the pace with Pinotti at 5th wheel. Photo c.
The stage is described as a medium climbing stage, with the opportunities for
escape high in the beginning of the stage expect to see the attacks to come
after the early summit or in the final fireworks on the Sistola. Any escapes
will face the chase mounted by the survivors of the peloton have almost a 100
kilometers to chase the escapees down before the finish to release the sprinters
on the final 26.2 kilometer finishing circuit in Fiorano Modenese.
The Break of the Day:
The peloton split on the climb of the Passo dela Futa with a group of 20
riders forming a break over the summit and solidifying their gap to over two
minutes over the T-Mobile and Saunier/Duval led peloton with the sprinters
suffering a minute or more. The gruppo on the attack includes Discovery
Channel's George Hincapie, José Luis Rubiera. Liquigas trio Charles Wegelius,
Alessandro Spezialetti and veteran Andrea Noè.
A quartet of Lampre/Fondital
riders Patxi Vila, Paolo Tiralongo, Marzio Bruseghin and Marco Marzano. Predicor/Lottos
Mario Aerts and Dario Cioni, Tinkoff's Pavel Brut, Emanuele Sella of Panaria,
Ag2r's Rinaldo Nocentini, Euskatel's Galparsoro, David Arroyo of Caisse
d'Epargne, Astana duo Sergei Yajolev, Assan Bazayev and Acqua Sapones Alexandre
Arekeev, CSC's Kurt Arvesen, Francis Mourey of Francaise des Jeux... but the
most famous and strongest rider for the finish, in the break is Paolo Bettini
looking for an opportunity for a stage win no doubt in a finish that favors his
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Over the Sistola Panaria/Navigare climber Emmanele Sella led Lampre's Paxti
Villa and Rabo's young AussieWilliam Walker for the GPM points. The gap was up
to over six minutes as the riders rode through the feed zone on the long descent
to the finish with approximately 95 kms to the finish.
Saunier Duval missed the break and is helping T-Mobile in the chase, but with
so many other teams in the the break they couldn't expect much help from the
other teams to bring back the small army of escapees ahead. With
50 kms to go, the escape has almost 7
minutes on the peloton led by the lads in red birds of Saunier Duval in their
bright yellow jerseys and Axel Merckx and Bernucci in the magenta of T-Mobile
with one Milram rider.
The peloton is a long stream of riders sitting on the Saunier and T-Mobile
The peloton enters the Pista Fiorano. Photo c. Fotoreporter
30 km to go, As the escape entered the Ferrari test track for the final
approach to the finishing 26.2 km circuit to the finish with George Hincapie
riding the tail of the group the gap is down to 5:15.
The escape continues to work well together with Bettini riding mid the gruppo.
But the Pinotti group now with two Milram riders leading the chase is pulling
back the gap to the Bettini group. As the peloton leaves the Ferrari track the
gap is down to 4 minutes. Bettini moved to the front of the escape to lead the
effort to stay away.
The riders in the break are starting to show weakness of the long attack. The
gap goes up again with 14 km to go to 4:45. T-Mobile will want to control that
gap in defense of Marco Pinotti's Maglia Rosa. The advantage is for Paolo
Bettini with the final 2 km uphill finish and that isn't missed by the riders in
Hincapie takes the point to lead the break, George has the advantage of three
team mates in the break. Lampre and Predictor/Lotto riders trade off with
Discovery as the group continues to work well together with 10 kms to go. Behind
the escape the Saunier and T-mobile led group are finally getting some help from Milram
12 km to go, and the gap is still near 5 minutes, Rubiera leads the break with
the Lampre duo, Bettini moves to the front watching for an attack.
4 km to go, Attack by Lampre rider ... Rabo's William Walker attacks gets a
gap Bettini chases him back. Panarias Sella is the next to attack.
3km to go, and Mario Aerts attacks and get a hundred meters he too is pulled
back the gap to the peloton drops to 3: 20.
2 km to go, Aerts attacks again and passes Sella.
Back at the peloton Marco Pinotti leads the chase in full our time trial
mode. The peloton stretches out looking like a 50 man team time trial.
Frantisek Rabon is doing a journeymen's day trading the lead with his leader.
Final kilometer, Bettini attacks at Arvesen follows, at 75 meters to go
Bettini passes Aerts at ten meters to go CSC's Arvesen comes around Paolo on his
right for the victory. Bettini gives a gesture of surprise as he sees Arvesen
come past him with a few meters to go and Kurt has it at the line and celebrates
with a "thumbs up"!
CSC's Kurt-Asle Arvesen Celebrates his triumph. Photo c.
Official Result Stage 8
1 ARVESEN Kurt-Asle NOR CSC 4:44:59 0:00 20"
2 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSI 4:44:59 0:00 12"
3 BAZAYEV Assan KAZ AST 4:44:59 0:00 8"
4 PETROV Evgeni RUS TCS 4:44:59 0:00
5 GALPARSORO MARTINEZ Dionisio ESP EUS 4:44:59 0:00
6 HINCAPIE George USA DSC 4:44:59 0:00
7 SPEZIALETTI Alessandro ITA LIQ 4:44:59 0:00
8 NOCENTINI Rinaldo ITA A2R 4:44:59 0:00
9 SELLA Emanuele ITA PAN 4:44:59 0:00
10 ARROYO DURAN David ESP GCE 4:44:59 0:00
Pinotti leads the chase in the final km fighting the time gap, saving seconds
to keep his jersey. An exhausted Frantisek Rabon leads the final pull as Pinotti takes
over the race against time. The gruppo finishes 4:19 after Arvesen,
Pinotti will have another day in pink.
Marco Pinotti steps to the podium to receive his Maglia Rosa with 28 seconds
over Liquigas rider Andrea Noe, a Astana's Yokovlev in third.
Once again the top ten of the general classification has made a big shakeup.
General classification after Stage 8
1 PINOTTI Marco ITA TMO 34:48:34 0:00
2 NOE' Andrea ITA LIQ 34:49:02 0:28
3 YAKOVLEV Serguei KAZ AST 34:49:28 0:54
4 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA LAM 34:49:40 1:06
5 VILA ERRANDONEA Francisco J. ESP LAM 34:49:44 1:10
6 RUBIERA VIGIL José Luis ESP DSC 34:50:10 1:36
7 ARROYO DURAN David ESP GCE 34:50:17 1:43
8 PETROV Evgeni RUS TCS 34:50:25 1:51
9 CIONI Dario David ITA PRL 34:50:47 2:13
10 AREKEEV Alexandr RUS ASA 34:50:51 2:17
11 SELLA Emanuele ITA PAN 34:51:01 2:27
12 AERTS Mario BEL PRL 34:51:32 2:58
13 NOCENTINI Rinaldo ITA A2R 34:51:38 3:04
14 HINCAPIE George USA DSC 34:51:38 3:04
15 SCHWAB Hubert SUI QSI 34:52:04 3:30
16 WALKER William AUS RAB 34:52:40 4:06
17 DI LUCA Danilo ITA LIQ 34:52:46 4:12
18 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA LIQ 34:53:12 4:38
19 NIBALI Vincenzo ITA LIQ 34:53:21 4:47
20 MARZANO Marco ITA LAM 34:53:39 5:05
The sprinters bus arrives with McEwen and company 21:23 down.
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