The route of stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia.

Giro d’Italia Preview: Stage 8

A look at the route and a few fantasy favorites for stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia.

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by Dane Cash 10.05.2024 More from Dane +

Stage 8: Spoleto to Prati di Tivo – 152 km

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Coverage start time: πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 6:00 am EDT, πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ 6:20 am EDT, πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 11:00 am BST, πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί 12:00 pm CEST, πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί 8:20 pm AEST

Estimated finish time: πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ 11:14 am EDT/πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 4:14 pm BST/πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί 5:14 pm CEST/πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί 1:14 am AEST

Stage type: Mountains

What to expect: Immediately after the TT is the first five-star difficulty (according to the organizers) stage of the Giro. It should also be a fun one. A short day at 152 km, stage 8 finishes with the first-category slog to Prati di Tivo, 14.6 km in length and at a relatively steady 7 percent grade. Anyone who went too deep in the time trial could lose chunks of time.

Fantasy favorites: Surprising no one, Tadej Pogačar has the shortest odds for stage 8, but the breakaway will have a shot on this profile, and it’s also at least possible that the GC leader lets someone else have their fun either from the early break or with a late attack while he recovers from his TT effort. At this point in the race, picking a breakaway winner feels like even more of a dartboard throw than usual, but Einer Rubio, Romain Bardet, and both Aurelien and his brother Valentin Paret-Peintre are options to go long, while Cian Uijtdebroeks and Ben O’Connor are worth keeping an eye on out of the GC group.

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