Thomas De Gendt claimed a fifth career Grand Tour stage win when he prevailed on stage eight of the Giro d’Italia at the end of a breakaway on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Belgian won a four-man sprint at the end of the 153km race in and around Naples to add to his laurels of the 2012 Giro, the 2017 Spanish Vuelta and the 2016 and 2019 Tour de France stages.
Italian Davide Gabburo was second and Spaniard Jorge Arcas was third, with Harm Vanhoucke finishing fourth after replacing teammate and compatriot De Gendt in the final.
Juan Pedro López retained the overall leader’s pink jersey after controlling Lennard Kämna’s attacks on the last small climb of the day.
Frenchman Guillaume Martin, who had lost considerable time in the ascent of Etna earlier this week, made up for it by being part of a large group of breakaways in which Mathieu van der Poel was the fastest runner. aggressive.
Van der Poel, however, failed to outrun his lead group rivals and eventually paid off to finish seventh, 15 seconds behind De Gendt.
Sunday’s ninth stage is a grueling 191km mountain trek from Isernia to the Blockhaus.