Gorka Izagirre climbs to victory in eighth stage of Giro d'Italia

Phillip Butler
May 15, 2017

"There's a lot more racing to be had so we'll get stuck in".

The Netherlands' Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segafredo is 51 seconds behind in fourth having finished in the same position today.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished in fifth place today, 59 seconds behind Quintana.

Quintana dedicated his victory to 2011 Giro champion Michele Scarponi, who died after a collision with a van while training last month. "That's the most important for now".

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Orica-Scott's Adam Yates were both brought down in a crash at the foot of a punishing 13.6-kilometre ascent up the Blockhaus when the police motorbike at the side of the road caused a big pile-up.

Thomas, who hurt his right shoulder, needed a couple of minutes to get back on his bike.

Former race leader Bob Jungels also suffered on the final climb as the Quick-Step Floors rider gave up the pink jersey after finishing over three minutes behind Quintana.

Nairo Quintana became the second Colombian this year to lead the Giro d'Italia after an impressive victory in the 9th stage.

Quintana attempted several attacks before finally pulling away on his own and then Nibali eventually dropped further back.

Yates finished nearly five minutes behind Quintana on the day, while Thomas was slightly further back as both saw their hopes end.

His pre-race rivals for the GC are well adrift after Thomas and Yates were involved in a big crash with 13km to go, the British pair left lying on the tarmac after being wiped out by Wilco Kelderman. "It's ridiculous. My shoulder popped out".

The 2014 Giro victor attacked with six kilometres to go as the race approached the the steep Blockhaus climb and showed that he is the man to beat in this race.

After a rest day Monday, the Giro resumes Tuesday with a 39.8 (25-mile) individual time trial from Foligno to Montefalco through the Sagrantino winemaking region in Umbria.

The 100th Giro ends in Milan on May 28.

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