Basque allrounder from Movistar Team wins most fought stage.
Gorka Izagirre offered himself the biggest success in his decade-long professional cycling career and opened the Spanish outfit's account on Saturday's Giro d'Italia stage eight, an 189km rolling parcours from Molfetta to Peschici, that offered no respite to the competitors. After the first hour of racing was covered at a whooping 53.5kph average, the original 16-man break kept close by the bunch despite looking like a winning move, Izagirre made a first right decision: the descent of the Cat-2 Sant'Angelo, 80km from the end. Izagirre did a fast downhill to reach the leading groups, very much torn apart by the huge pace in the beginning of the stage. The strong speeds in the bunch behind forced Izagirre to respond to nervous accelerations from Valerio Conti and Visconti.The two Italians, together with Gorka, Luis León Sánchez and Gregor Mühlberger, formed a decisive split that would play their cards for victory at the finish in Via Montesanto.
Izagirre, atop on his Canyon fully equipped Campagnolo, chose to launch his winning move from the foot of the climb, taking some beautiful meters that ultimately brought him his sixth win as a pro, the most resounding in his career.