On paper, stage eight of the 2017 Giro d’Italia looked like one for the breakaway, with a long flat first half to the stage and a lumpy and technical second half, culminating with an uphill finish into Peschici.
That meant that there were plenty of riders who could possible win the stage, with the likes of Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal), Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) all likely to be on the lookout for a possible stage win.
As for the GC contenders, they would probably be content to get through the stage unharmed, waiting it out for Sunday’s summit finish.
Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) still held the pink jersey coming into the stage, and would be disappointed if it didn’t remain that way, especially with a strong team behind him.
Watch the highlights here to catch-up with the action or read the full report of the eighth stage here.
The Giro d’Italia continues on Sunday with a 149km stage with a summit finish on the Blockhaus.