De Gendt will take Giro eighth stage in Naples

A 10 years soon after his very first Giro d’Italia phase victory, Belgian cyclist Thomas De Gendt has claimed his next, although Spain’s Juan Pedro Lopez remained in the leader’s pink jersey.

De Gendt was served by Lotto-Soudal teammate Damage Vanhoucke and edged out Davide Gabburo and Jorge Arcas in the sprint at the close of Saturday’s undulating 153-kilometre eighth phase which began and concluded in Naples.

The 35-12 months-previous, a teammate of Australian star Caleb Ewan who’s skipped out so far on the Giro, sat up and pumped his fist in celebration as he crossed the line for Lotto-Soudal’s very first gain of the 2022 edition.

All 4 riders had been part of a 21-person breakaway that obtained away in a speedy commence, driven by Mathieu van der Poel, who was eager for the stage acquire.

The route took in 4 laps of a 19-kilometre circuit in the volcanic surrounding spot.

It was on the penultimate lap that van der Poel tried out to attack, but he was caught by other riders from the breakaway.

Shortly soon after, the quartet that contested the ultimate dash managed to get crystal clear, with 40 kilometres remaining.

Most of the all round contenders crossed the line alongside one another, about a few and a 50 % minutes driving De Gendt.

Lopez managed his 38-second gain around Lennard Kamna soon after moving into the overall direct on Tuesday. Rein Taaramae was 3rd, 58 seconds guiding Lopez.

3 Australian riders are nevertheless in the race’s prime 20, with Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) 10th total at two minutes four seconds down, Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) 15th at 2:16 down and Lucas Hamilton (Workforce BikeExchange-Jayco) 20th at 2:27.

Sunday’s ninth phase is just one of the hardest in this year’s race, a 191km route from Isernia which finishes atop the fearsome Blockhaus, with double-digit gradients along a series of hairpin bends primary to the line.

There are also three other categorised climbs on a working day that incorporates 5,000 metres of climbing.

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