On Saturday’s 153-kilometer run, a fourth-category ascent awaited the field, but the section around Naples – considered by the organizers to be two-star difficulty – could not be described as completely flat, as participants had to cover 2,130 meters of level difference.
At the beginning of the section, a 21-man boulder with several big names stepped away from the main field relatively quickly. The fugitives built an advantage of around two to three minutes, and the teams of the complex chances didn’t break themselves to catch up with them. The order disintegrated within the last 50 kilometers: first a series of five fugitives led by Thomas De Gendt – and later the Italian Simone Ravanelli broke out – Mathieu van der Poel pursued a hallmark of five teeth.
The runners-up led with a confident advantage of around 40 seconds, thanks in large part to the excellent collaboration of the two Lotto-Soudalos riders, both Belgian De Gendt and Harm Vanhoucke. In the end, the winner came out of the top four, the sprint – after Vanhoucke was led – but Gendt won ahead of Davide Gabburo of Italy and Jorge Arcas of Spain.
Lennard Kämna, who finished second in the composite in the main field, attacked López 10 kilometers before the end, but the Spaniard watched and did not let go of his rival. In the last kilometers, Fetter Erik managed to break away from the main field, finishing the stage in the prestigious 15th place.
Attila Valter finished in the 48th place in the group of the odds, with a 3:33 minute gap, while Barnabás Peák finished in the 138th place with a 13:30 minute gap.
Valter is expecting to continue from 46th place, improving two places, the result of the other two Hungarians is still to be seen.
Results, Giro d’Italia:
Section 8, Naples-Naples, 153 km:
1. Thomas de Gendt (Belgian, Lotto Soudal) 3:32:53
2. Davide Gabburo (Italian, Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) at the same time
3. Jorge Arcas (Spanish, Movistar) ai
… 15. Fetter Erik (EOLO-Kometa) 3:22 min disadvantage
… 48. Valter Attila (Groupama-FDJ) 3:33 p.m.
… 138. Barnabás Peák (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) 13:30 p.m.
The complex edge group:
1. Juan Pedro López (Spanish, Trek-Segafredo) 32:15:31
2. Lennard Kämna (German, BORA-Hanseatic) 38 sec h.
3. Rein Taaramäe (Estonian, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) 58 sec h.
… 46. Valter 15:37 p.m.
On Sunday, the 191-kilometer run from Isernia ends at the Blockhaus with a mountain run. The 3445.6-kilometer race, the first three stages of which took place in Hungary, will end on May 29 with the Verona time trial.
(Cover image: The Belgian Thomas De Gendt celebrates after winning the finish line on the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia Road Cycling Tour on 14 May 2022. Photo: Luca Bettini / AFP)