Stage eight of the 2018 Giro d’Italia serves up the second summit finish of the race on Saturday, May 12.

The 209-kilometre route from Praia a Mare to Montevergine di Mercogliano takes varied scenery as it skirts along the coast.

A hilly first half is balanced by a flat coastal section after the mid-way point just before the day’s only classified climb, a long ascent to the finish line.

It’s not quite as severe a climbing test as stage six to Mount Etna, but the general classification hopefuls and climbers will still be keen to make their mark.

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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) holds the race lead going into the stage after placing second behind team-mate Esteban Chaves on Mount Etna – and there’s no doubt that they will be the pair to watch again.

Yates sits 16 seconds ahead of defending Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) overall, with Chaves in third at 26 seconds. Tour de France and Vuelta a España champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) is a more distant eighth place, 1-10 adrift of Yates.

The following stage on Sunday features more climbing along its lenghty 225km route from Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d’Italia, with a third summit finish prior to Monday’s rest day.

Both Saturday and Sunday’s stages look set to shake up the general classification.

The 2018 Giro d’Italia concludes in Rome on Sunday, May 27.