De Recruit fighter plane destroys the candidates’ plans and wins the Giro stage, Van der Poel finishes seventh

Thomas De Gendt won the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia in Naples. The Lotto Soudal rider was the best of four riders who started from a leading group of twenty. Top favorites Matthew van der Poel and Benjam Jermay have had their jerseys dressed this way.

You can set the clock to this: 1.40 pm, start of the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia, Van der Poel attack. And this is what happened: during the first meters uphill, the coiled spring Alpecin-Fenix ​​put on its first gear, to which only Diego Olesi answered. Alarm stage in red for the rest of the pack; In the end Van der Poel got 21 passengers with him.

Collaboration up front wasn’t optimal, so VDP decided to try it alone. Please note that at this time there were still 146 kilometers out of the 153 kilometers to drive. In the big group, Magnus Cort struggled for some time on behalf of EF Education-EasyPost, but eventually space was made for the 21 drivers, and Van der Poel also let himself fall again.

The full line-up of the top runners-up was: Van der Poel (Alpecin-Phoenix), Andrea Vendram, Lillian Kalmjane (AG2R), Harold Tejada, Fabio Villen (Astana), Watts Boyles, Sutterlin (victorious Bahrain), David Gaborough (Bardiani) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Mirco Maestri, Samuele Rivi (EOLO-Kometa), Edoardo Zardini (Drone Hopper), Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), De Gendt, Sylvain Moniquet, Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal) and Jorge Arkas ), Mauro Schmid (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), Matthias Skjelmos (Trek Segafredo) and Ulisy (UAE).

Matthew van der Poel was a great animator

Martin is having a tough day in Peloton

These 21 drivers weren’t given the full scope and that was mainly due to one man: G.Martin of Cofidis. The ratings rider was only four minutes away from the pink jersey of Juan Pedro Lopez and in this way he instilled fear in both Trek-Segafredo and the rating teams. The peloton went on vigorously, which lasted no more than two minutes.

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Suterlin even abandoned himself from the leading group to Peloton, where they continued to ride. The pressure on the runners wasn’t up front, as Van der Poel was keeping a close eye on everything. The Dutchman knew that his mother and girlfriend would be on the finish line and wanted to delight them with only one gift: victory.

Van der Poel made his first attack 46 km from the finish. Contender Jermay was a little further back but managed to close the gap with Schmid and Bulls. After a few moments, some riders managed to connect, but it wasn’t quite as warm.

De Recruit fighter plane destroys the candidates' plans and wins the Giro stage, Van der Poel finishes seventh
Guillaume Martin did a gold job for the ranking

De Gendt can take the lead after Van der Poel’s attack

Because of his attack, the Red Cross on the Dutchman’s back actually got bigger, and no one wanted to ride with the favorite anymore. This allowed a group of five, including De Gendt and Vanhoucke, to take some space. They beat me up for half a minute, and that’s still a great appearance.

On the final climbs of the Monte de Procida climb, frontrunners Van der Poel, Jermay and Ulisse had to correct the imbalance, but de recruited equally pressure up front. Hit: Ulysse, a certain worker on this type of stage, wasn’t able to keep up with the pace on the chase set. J Martin did, and eerily came close to Lopez’s pink jersey because of the high speed up front.

De Gendt, Vanhoucke, Arcas and Gabburo have all worked really well together and in this way ensured that they increased their progress, while standing behind them. The expected outburst of power from Van der Poel also failed to materialize for so long, while Jermaye constantly shadowed the Dutchman. These two remained in the chase, along with Martin, Schmid, and Bowles.

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Exciting conclusion on the streets of Naples

Because of De Gendt’s work on the moped, the quad’s driving in front was maintained. The quartet also continued to do well together, while occasionally skipping a turn. Climbing ten kilometers from the end will be decisive in any case, although it seems that it already ended with a difference of forty seconds …

On this hill they stayed together well in front, but the fairway wasn’t really there. Reassure them: Even with the pursuers, the best is over now, after they asked for 150 kilometers. In the end, they reached the top twenty seconds behind them, as not many Van der Poel and Girmay were left either.

Van der Poel and Jermay tried to approach through a hellish descent, so that they were still in the wake of the four leaders when entering the last two kilometres. Vanhoucke completely sacrificed his chances for De Gendt, who started the sprint from afar and surprised his rivals.

The result of the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia 2022

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