Nairo Quintana wins Giro stage and nabs pink jersey

Tomas Mccoy
May 15, 2017

Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre profited from a crash on the short but steep concluding climb to win the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday while Bob Jungels held on to the pink jersey despite a minor crash.

The motorbike was stopped on the side of the road and Dutchman Wilco Kelderman shouldered into it, with several riders falling off their bike behind him.

Pinot limited the damage to take second place, finishing just ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), 24 seconds off the pace.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished in fifth place today, 59 seconds behind Quintana.

Quintana was undoubtedly the big victor on Sunday as he pulled clear of all of his rivals, albeit with the help of the motorbike's intervention, while Nibali is still well placed to retain his title.

The Netherlands' Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segafredo is 51 seconds behind in fourth having finished in the same position today.

"I showed that I'm happy with my legs and the legs of my teammates", Quintana said.

Quintana dedicated his victory to 2011 Giro champion Michele Scarponi, who died after a collision with a van while training last month. We were all racing for the bottom of the climb. "That's the most important for now". My shoulder popped out (of its socket) as well.

Thomas was able to resume the race, but as Nairo Quintana stretched away atop Blockhaus, the Welshman could only come home five minutes down - all but ending his GC chances.

In a tough finale, there was heartbreak for Conti as his bike slid from beneath him on a hairpin bend on the climb to the finish inside the final kilometre and it was Izagirre who rode away to victory and join his brother Ion as a Grand Tour stage victor, with Visconti second and Sanchez third.

Monday is a rest day and Tuesday's 10th stage is a 39.8-kilometre individual time trial that should see Dumoulin, a time-trial specialist, gain time on his rivals.

The 100th Giro ends in Milan on May 28.

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