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De Gendt wins spectacular hill stage in Giro, Van der Poel just falls short | NOW

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Thomas De Gendt won the eighth stage in the Giro d’Italia on Saturday. In a spectacular hill stage, the Belgian was the strongest of a leading group. Mathieu van der Poel just came up short and finished seventh.

The 35-year-old De Gendt stayed well ahead of the Italian Davide Gabburo (second), the Spaniard Jorge Arcas (third) and his compatriot Harm Vanhoucke (fourth) in the sprint of the leading group of four.

Van der Poel came very close to the leaders in the final, but eventually finished seventh in fifteen seconds. Wout Poels, who was also part of a big early flight, finished eighth after just over half a minute.

For De Gendt it is his second stage win in a Giro. Ten years ago, the Lotto Soudal rider triumphed on the Stelvio and finally finished third in the general classification. He also recorded his first win since March last year, when he won a stage in the Tour of Catalonia.

Juan Pedro López kept his lead in the general classification. The Spaniard is 38 seconds ahead of the German Lennard Kämna. Guillaume Martin, who was also one of the escapees, climbs to fourth place in the standings. Koen Bouwman, who won the seventh stage on Friday, remains leader in the mountains classification.

The Giro will head back into the mountains on Sunday. The ninth stage leads the riders over 191 kilometers from Isernia to the Blockhaus.

Mathieu van der Poel had to settle for seventh place.


Mathieu van der Poel had to settle for seventh place.

Mathieu van der Poel had to settle for seventh place.

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The eighth stage took the peloton over 153 kilometers to and from Naples. There was only one categorized ascent of the fourth category along the way, but it went up and down all day in the south of Italy.

Immediately after the start, Mathieu van der Poel jumped out of the pack and got twenty riders with him. Among them were Poels, De Gendt, Diego Ulissi, Martin and Biniam Girmay. For a long time the group had a small lead of three minutes.

At 46 kilometers from the finish it was not going fast enough for Van der Poel, after which he decided to attack. The Dutchman did not get any space from his fellow refugees, after which De Gendt, Vanhoucke, Gabburo, Simone Ravanelli and Arcas managed to make a hole.

The quintet took a forty second lead, although Ravanelli was unable to keep up with the pace moments later. The difference narrowed slightly when Van der Poel rode away from the chasing group on a climb. The leader of Alpecin-Fenix ​​got Poels, Martin, Girmay and Mauro Schmid with him.

The leading group of four worked well together, but it remained exciting until the final. At 3 kilometers from the finish, Van der Poel and Girmay jumped away from the chasing group. They came very close to the front runners, but just fell short. In the streets of Naples, De Gendt was by far the strongest in the sprint.

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Despite his second place in the Spanish Grand Prix, Sergio Pérez was not satisfied with the course of his race. The Mexican was disappointed that he had to leave for Max Verstappen and therefore wants an explanation from his team.

“I think I deserved to win today,” 32-year-old Pérez told Sky Sports† “At the start of the race I gave up my position with the idea that I would get that position back later, but then the strategies suddenly changed. Max’s strategy turned out to be clearly the better one.”

Pérez gave up on lap ten for Verstappen, who had flown into the gravel just before that and fell from second to fourth place as a result. Pérez was stuck behind Russell and wanted to give Verstappen the opportunity to attack the Mercedes driver.

However, Verstappen struggled with problems with his DRS system and was unable to overtake Russell. After the pit stops, Pérez rejoined Verstappen and Russell, but the Mexican did not get his position back from the Dutchman.

In the final phase, Verstappen again ended up behind Pérez. The two-time Grand Prix winner was ordered not to delay Verstappen and indicated over the on-board radio that he thought that was “not fair”. Nevertheless, Pérez stepped aside, after which Verstappen’s victory was no longer in danger.

‘Want to discuss some things with the team’

Although Pérez emphasized that he is happy with the team result, he still hopes to receive an explanation from his team. “There are some things I want to discuss internally with the team so I can understand why certain choices were made,” he continued.

“When I’m driving it’s hard to see the bigger picture. I’m not saying I’ve been a victim of team orders, I just want to understand why the strategies suddenly changed

With his victory, Verstappen took over the World Cup lead from Leclerc. The Red Bull driver has six points more than his competitor from Ferrari (110 to 104 points). The Formula 1 season will continue next week with the Monaco Grand Prix.

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