Bram­billa at dou­ble as Du­moulin strug­gles on Giro

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

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