Giro d'Italia stage 8 as it happened: Tadej Pogačar triumphs again

UAE Team Emirates patrol breakaway to set up another trademark win for the Slovenian

Giro d'Italia stage 8 profile

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Hello, and welcome to our live blog of stage eight of the Giro d'Italia


Let's start by unpacking today's route. 

Tadej Pogacar on the Prati di Tivo

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Here are some of the key times for today's stage, all in BST:  

Since nobody asked, here's my prediction for the stage. 

It's no surprise to learn that Christophe Laporte (Visma-Lease a Bike) is a non-starter today. The Frenchman was mummified in bandages during yesterday's time trial, after he crashed on stage five. 

The riders have just rolled out of Spoleto. We'll have 15 minutes of neutralised riding before the stage officially starts. 

Stage eight begins

151km to go: There's an EF Education-EasyPost rider off the front, and one off the back. Stefan De Bod attacked, while Mikkel Honoré crashed almost immediately after the flag drop.

150km to go: A group is trying to go clear, led by Mattia Bais (Polti-Kometa), but the peloton is patrolling the moves. 

148km to go: There's a mega group trying to break away now, probably more than 30 riders. There's no chance UAE Team Emirates will let this loose.  

147km to go: Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) is being very active. Sensing the mega group is doomed, the Frenchman is trying to break away from the breakaway. 

145km to go: The race today started immediately onto an uncategorised climb, and it is laying waste to the peloton. A gruppetto has already formed, less than 7km into the day. 

144km to go: The peloton is back together. There are two riders with a small gap: Ewen Costiou (Arkéa B&B Hôtels) and Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost). 

139km to go: The gap to the leading duo is now 40 seconds to the breakaway. Tobias Foss (Ineos Grenadiers) is trying to bridge across, as is Martin Marcellusi (VF Group - Bardiani CSF - Faizanè).

134km to go: Marcellusi has joined the leading duo, making, you guessed it, a trio. 

132km to go: Riders keep shooting out of the peloton to try and get to the breakaway. There's a long categorised climb coming up – 16.3km in length – so things might calm down then.  

Riders at the Giro d'Italia

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129km to go: The leading trio is no more. We're back to having a mega group off the front. There's about 30 of them. Some of the key names include: Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) and Romain Bardet (dsm-firmenich PostNL). 

It's a beautiful day in Italy. Let's hope, for Luke Plapp's sake, it doesn't rain. 

127km to go: Of the 30-odd riders in the breakaway, Bardet is the best placed on the GC. He trails Pogačar by five minutes and 23 seconds. 

125km to go: Julian Alaphilippe is trying to drive a move off the front of the breakaway, again. He's got Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on his wheel.

120km to go: Here's a look at some of the riders currently in the breakaway. 

119km to go: Three riders have gone clear: Romain Bardet (dsm-firmenich PostNL), Simon Geschke (Cofidis) and Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost). Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale) is about to join them. 

115km to go: The front quartet are over the climb. They begin the descent with a 1-37 advantage over the peloton. 

110km to go: The race is split up. Between the front quartet and the peloton, there are three other groups. Alaphilippe and Quintana are among them. 

107km to go: The front group has received reinforcements on the descent. There's now eight of them:

99km to go: Six more riders join the front group. After 53km, our breakaway looks to be finally established. They have just under two minutes on the peloton. 

Here's some non-Giro news. Andrey Amador (EF Education-EasyPost) was involved in a training incident yesterday that ended in his foot getting run over by a driver.

91km to go: The 14-rider breakaway has a gap of 1-45 on the peloton. I get the feeling that the bunch won't let then stray too far as long as Bardet is there, only 5-23 down on GC. 

81km to go: After a frenetic start, the riders are cruising now towards the second categorised climb. The gap to the peloton has remained steady, at around 1-40. 

73km to go: The gap has nudged out a little bit, now at 2-30. The breakaway will need a few more minutes if they want to last to the end. 

Tadej Pogacar at the Giro d'Italia

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64km to go: There's a bit of a lull in the racing ahead of the next climb – a category-three ascent, which starts in around 15km. 

57km to go: The gap's tumbling. It now stands at 1-20. 

48km to go: The average speed today is 39km/h. We're ahead of the race organiser's fastest planned schedule. 

45km to go: The breakaway's days look numbered. The 14 riders have an advantage of just over one minute now. Georg Steinhauser (EF Education-EasyPost) is trying to keep the dream alive, but it's fizzling out. 

Nairo Quintana at the Giro d'Italia

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As they descend, let's take a look at the final climb. The Prati di Tivo is 14.6km long at an average pitch of 7%. It should take the best riders around 36-38 minutes to climb to the top, where the finish line awaits. 

31km to go: There's very little to report on this descent. The gap is staying steady at 1-15, which will be swallowed up easily as soon as the peloton hits the final climb. 

20km to go: Just over 5km until the final climb, and the breakaway's advantage is under one minute. 

15km to go: The breakaway hits the foot of the Prati di Tivo with a lead of 36 seconds. 

14km to go: The breakaway is falling away. Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers) takes up the front, while Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) and Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco AlUla) drop out the back. 26 seconds now. 

12.5km to go: Alessandro Verre (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) attacks out of the breakaway. A real kamikaze move. 

11.5km to go: Five riders are reeling Verre back in. Bardet is leading the charge. 

11km to go: The gap to the leading six riders is now 23 seconds. Domen Novak (UAE Team Emirates), the bulldozer on the front of the peloton, has them in his sights. 

10.5km to go: A surprising shift on the front of the peloton as Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes over from UAE. 

10km to go: Valentin Paret-Peintre (Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale) tries his luck now. Having spent the day up the road, he's gone on a flyer. 

8km to go: Paret-Peintre is alone now, the last survivor of the breakaway, with a 20-second advantage. 

7.5km to go: UAE Team Emirates reclaim their role pulling in the bunch. 

7km to go: Tadej Pogačar has two team-mates in the chasing group: Rafał Majka and Felix Großschartner. 

6km to go: Chapeau to Paret-Peintre. The Frenchman's really resisting being caught. His advantage is still 20 seconds, but there's a feeling the race behind will explode at any moment. 

5km to go: The gap now is 10 seconds. Bardet has been shelled out the back. 

4.8km to go: Majka takes over for UAE Team Emirates, which is usually a sign that Pogačar will soon be launched. 

4km to go: Paret-Peintre is caught. He swings to the right-hand side of the road to make way for UAE to come through. 

3.5km to go: Still no attacks. The tension is building. 

3km to go: Pogačar is glued to Majka's wheel. Behind, the other GC contenders bide their time. 

2.5km to go: Majka is still pulling on the front. Surely this can't last any longer? 

2km to go: A reminder that all the GC contenders are here, behind Majka and Pogačar. There's a stage win up for grabs for anyone who dares. 

1.8km to go: Antonio Tiberi attacks. A brave move from the youngster. 

1.6km to go: Pogačar latches immediately onto Tiberi's wheel. It's all back together. 

1.4km to go: Thymen Arensman counters, but Pogačar, again, closes the move down. 

1km to go: Tiberi goes again under the flamme rouge. You'll never guess who's on his wheel...

700m to go: Arensman ups the pace, but this looks like it's heading for a bunch sprint. 

500m to go: Majka's back on the front, and towing Pogačar. 


The Slovenian takes a third stage win, launching his sprint with 200m to go and holding off Dani Martínez (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the line. 

Tadej Pogacar at the Giro d'Italia

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You can now read the full report from today's stage on our website. We'll be back again tomorrow with more live coverage. 

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