| Kelme rider Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (SPA) has won stage 8 of the Giro de Italia, the longest stage of the race covering 237kms. Fassa's team leader Francesco Casagrande was second, four seconds behind the winner with Saeco's Gilberto Simoni completing the stage podium. Jens Heppner (TEL) retained the overall lead.
In other news, Domenico Romano (LandboukKrediet-Colnago) has surrended to police, reports say, after breaking Italy's anti-doping rules.
Stage 8 Results
1. Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Kelme 5:47:54
2. Francesco Casagrande (Italy) Fassa Bortolo
3. Gilberto Simoni (Italy) Saeco
4. Juan Manuel Garate (Spain) Lampre
5. Cristian Moreni (Italy) Alessio
6. Ruggero Marzoli (Italy) Formaggi Trentini
7. Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy) Tacconi Sport
8. Davide Rebellin (Italy) Gerolsteiner
9. Michael Boogerd (Holland) Rabobank
10. Paolo Savoldelli (Italy) IndexOverall standings:
Overall after 8 Stages
1. Jens Heppner (Germany) Telekom 41:13:28
2. Garzelli 3:33 behind
3. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine) Landbouwkrediet 3:50
4. Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy) Tacconi 3:57
5. Francesco Casagrande (Italy) Fassa 4:08
6. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spain) Kelme :09
We'll have a complete stage report and more news throughout the day.