'I thought of the pink jersey and the stage win, but I didn't get either': Valerio Conti after final kilometre crash

Italian leaves stage eight of the Giro d'Italia empty-handed after crashing with 900m to go

Valerio Conti crashes with less than a kilometre to go on stage eight of the Giro d'Italia losing out on the stage victory and the pink jersey. Gorka Izagirre went on to secure the plaudits as Jungels defended his pink jersey yet again.

(Image credit: LaPresse - D'Alberto / Ferrari)

With 50km to go in stage eight of the Giro d'Italia, Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) dared to dream of the stage win and the pink jersey, but ended up empty-handed after being "too enthusiastic" and crashing in the final kilometre.

Conti looked the strongest and led into the white-walled hilltop town of Peschici. But on a right-hand hairpin it all went wrong, as his tyres lost grip and he hit the deck, allowing his three escape companions to ride away, with Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) winning the stage.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.