Yates times sprint to perfection to claim stage and extend lead
Following his stage win on Friday, Sam Bennett bided his time in the mountains at the Giro d’Italia over the weekend, saving energies for the upcoming sprint stages.
The sprinter knows after his stage 7 win that he is capable of another victory, and so saving energy is the priority on the days where he cannot challenge.
Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team), Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) all finished over 25 minutes back on yesterday’s stage to Gran Sasso d’Italia, which was won by race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) ahead of the Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).
Today is the race’s second rest day, after which there will be breakaway chances for Roche and Mullen, as well as more sprint opportunities for Bennett.
At home, former An Post Sean Kelly team rider Ronan McLaughlin won the Shay Elliott Memorial in Wicklow. He crossed the line just ahead of his Viner-Caremark-Pactimo teammate Matteo Cigala, with Cathal Purcell (Panduit-Carrick Wheelers) and James Davenport (Strata 3-VeloRevolution) third and fourth.