Thomas De Gendt wins stage eight of the Giro d'Italia 2022 after race long break

The circuit race from Napoli to Napoli saw a large breakaway formed in the opening kilometres

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(Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) won stage eight of the Giro d'Italia 2022, after a counterattack which saw the day's favourite Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin–Fenix) forced to chase into the very last kilometre of the race. 

De Gendt punched the air to celebrate his victory, having taken on the lion's share of the work in what eventually became a break of four riders.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.