Brambilla at double as Dumoulin struggles on Giro
AREZZO, Italy—An audacious solo attack on the tough white chalk roads of the Giro d’Italia eighth stage saw Italian Gianluca Brambilla rewarded with a prestigious win and the race leader’s pink jersey Saturday.
Etixx team rider Brambilla had been in an earlier escape of 13 riders on the tough, 186 km ride from Foligno to Arezzo.
But having earmarked the stage, the Italian seized his chance by pulling away from the group of frontrunners on a section of white chalk road, with 25 km remaining.
With the main peloton including overnight leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant) and all the race favourites over three minutes in arrears, it proved a judicious move.
As Brambilla forged on for the finish line virtually unhindered, Dumoulin was left tumbling down the overall standings after race favourites Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde and several other rivals left the Dutchman in their wake.
“I can’t believe what I’ve done. I can’t believe I have the pink jersey,” said Brambilla, who was quick to thank teammate Matteo Trentin for increasing the pace at the front of the leading group and allowing him to keep his powder dry.—AFP