5.14.2016

Giro 8: A Solo Pink Victory

I'm just back from Arezzo with a few pictures and a lovely story: a solo victory for Gianluca Brambilla who also takes the Pink Jersey! I'll tell you more later. Lets listen to him now:

Gianluca Brambilla:
“I’m over the moon today. To be sincere, I was thinking of this stage ever since I came third in Strade Bianche. At the start of the stage I decided to give it a go, but as soon as I got a gap, a group of 12 joined me. Fortunately, Matteo was there, so it was the perfect situation for us. We didn’t get too much space, just 5 minutes, but we stayed up on the road thanks to a fantastic Matteo. During the stage I told him that I have good feelings and he gave it his all, especially in those 20 kilometers leading to the climb, where he went full gas. 
I let the others attack on the climb, because I knew that the most important section is the one of dirt roads. There I accelerated and it all played into my favour. I pushed hard on both the climb and the descent, where I took some risks. Coming into the last kilometers, I realized that I’m enjoying one of the best moments of my life. I love this sport and I worked really hard every time to get where I am today. In the past years, since joining Etixx – Quick-Step, I became more and more confident, and now I am living the dream. This victory is for my girlfriend, Cristina, and for my daughter, Asia, who was born just a couple of weeks ago. I can’t wait to see them in Asolo. Until then, a hard individual time trial is scheduled, and I’m keen on giving my all on Sunday.”


RESULTS
STAGE
1 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 4:14:05  
2 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:06  
3 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:27  
4 Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 0:01:28  
5 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:33  
6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:41  
7 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
8 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky  
9 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge  
10 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
11 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:01:44  
12 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
13 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
14 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
15 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
16 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
17 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:17  
18 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:02:32  
19 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
20 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step  
21 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:02:35  
22 Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
23 Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha  
24 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
25 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data  
26 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky  
28 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
29 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo  
30 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data 0:02:43  
32 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
33 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
34 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:02:45  
35 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
36 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team  
37 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
38 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:51  
39 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
40 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:03:53
..........
OTL Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 0:55:26
OTL Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
OTL Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
GC
1 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 33:39:14  
2 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:23  
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:33  
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:36  
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:45  
6 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:48  
7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:49  
8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:00:54  
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
10 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:03  
11 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:05  
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:12  
13 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:01:18  
14 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:21  
15 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
16 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:01:27  
17 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data 0:01:38  
18 Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha 0:01:55  
19 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:11  
20 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:02:19  
21 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:36  
22 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo  
23 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:49  
24 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:03:05  
25 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:03:24  
26 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:43  
27 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:03:50  
28 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:04:30  
29 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:04:34  
30 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:04:50  
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data 0:05:03  
32 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:38  
33 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:07:00  
34 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:07:21  
35 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
36 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:07:47  
37 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:08:29  
38 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:09:53  
39 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:09:58  
40 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:11:03  
POINTS
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 119 pts
MOUNTAIN
1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 21 pts
2 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 20  
3 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 16  
SPRINT
1 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 40 pts
COMBACTIVITY
1 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 21 pts
YOUTH
1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 33:40:35  
2 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:28  
3 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:03  
4 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:07:08  
5 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:08:37  
TEAM
1 Etixx - Quick-Step 101:01:10  
2 Astana Pro Team 0:00:13  
3 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:44  
4 Movistar Team 0:01:47  
5 Team Katusha 0:02:49  
6 Team Sky 0:04:06  
7 AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:45  
8 Dimension Data 0:04:51  
9 Tinkoff Team 0:07:53  
10 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:13:58  
11 Lampre - Merida 0:17:46  
12 Orica-GreenEdge 0:19:25  
13 Bardiani CSF 0:25:08  
14 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:28:08  
15 Trek-Segafredo 0:29:09  
16 Lotto Soudal 0:37:27  
17 BMC Racing Team 0:44:26  
18 Wilier Triestina-Southeast 0:54:40  
19 Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:56:35  
20 IAM Cycling 1:06:02  
21 Nippo - Vini Fantini 1:21:10  
22 FDJ 1:43:14  
TEAM POINTS
1 Etixx - Quick-Step 246 pts

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