GC pair navigate tricky finale

18 May 2019

GC pair navigate tricky finale

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Giro d'Italia stage eight: Tortoreto Lido - Pesaro, 239km

Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart safely negotiated a taxing finale on stage eight of the Giro d’Italia as Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) was victorious in a reduced bunch sprint.

The Team INEOS pair were part of a reduced peloton that faced a tricky end to the longest stage of the race. with rainfall threatening to make a technical seven kilometre descent into the finish treacherous. 

However, Sivakov and Geoghegan Hart were expertly positioned by their teammates before the start of the descent and remained near the front until the sprinters’ leadout men came to the fore which led to Ewan's first win of the race.

Earlier, a day-long break from Marco Frapport (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Nippo Vini Fantini's Damiano Cima was eventually brought to heel after 200km on the penultimate climb, with the maglia azzurra of Giulio Ciccone bridging to the duo in order to snatch the points for the mountain classification, before continuing to push on with Francois Bidard (AG2R La Mondiale).

This caused a reaction from the peloton who picked up the pace to deny the breakaway an unlikely victory by catching them before the final descent into Pesaro.

Pavel Sivakov

Pavel Sivakov

We managed pretty well and the guys did a fantastic job to put me and Tao in position for the descent."

- Pavel Sivakov

“It was easy all day and then, as we expected, it was nervous in the bunch ahead of the finish and the really tricky descent so it ended up being a bit hectic.

“The road was going up and down and then the rain made the road wet and all the teams wanted to be in the front. We managed pretty well and the guys did a fantastic job to put me and Tao in position for the descent. 

“It was the last stage before the TT, it was important to make it to the finish safe and sound. We’ll now really focus on recovery and the TT tomorrow. I feel pretty good and I just want to give my best in the TT and see how I do. It's the first big test to see if I have the legs to do something great at this Giro.”

What’s next? 

The final stage before the rest day is a 34.8km time trial which will play a key role in the battle for the race lead. The hilly parcours with a difficult final climb to the line is an ideal opportunity for Team INEOS leaders Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart to move up the general classification.

Overall standings

1. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) 35:13:06
2. José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar) +1'32"
3. Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF) +1'41"
4. Nans Peters (Ag2r La Mondiale) +2'09"
5. Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ) +2'17"
26. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +6'48"
32. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team INEOS) +7'43"

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