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2012 Giro D'Italia: Stage 8

Back to 2012 Giro page | Stage 8 map and profile | Stage 8 photos |

Stage 8, Sunday, May 13: Sulmona - Lago Leceno, 229 km

Stage 8 finish

The Race: The contenders were together when they reached the base of the final climb, the Colle Mollela. White Jersey Peter Stetina had just rejoined the front group after a puncture and when the pace got hot on the climb, Stetina showed the cost he paid for the effort to get back on. He was among the majority of the peloton's riders who were dropped, costing him his white jersey.

Katusha, Astana and Liquigas kept the speed high on the climb, high enough that maglia rosa Ryder Hesjedal was dropped from the front group for a moment, but he dug deep and clawed his way back. Near the top of the ascent Domenico Pozzovivo put in an unbelievable acceleration and quickly had a half-minute on the pack. Shortly thereafter Movistar rider Benat Intxausti took off after him, but no one was going to catch the little Italian climber. Joaquin Rodriguez's third place gave him 8 bonus seconds and moved him to second place, just 9 seconds behind Hesjedal.

None of the contenders seemed interested in doing anything more than not losing time, which allowed Hesjedal to regain the front group. He was vulnerable if a serious attack had been launched. But for now, Canada can rest easy.


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  1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) 6hr 6min 6sec. 37.532 km/hr
  2. Benat Inxausti (Movistar) @ 23sec
  3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) @ 27sec
  4. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  5. Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  6. Damiano Caruso (Liquigas) s.t.
  7. Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF) s.t.
  8. Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) s.t.
  9. José Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
  10. John Gadret (Ag2r) s.t.
  11. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  12. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) s.t.
  13. Rigoberto Uran (Sky) s.t.
  14. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) s.t.
  15. Michele Scarponi (Lampre) s.t.
  16. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) s.t.
  17. Roman Kreuziger (Astana) s.t.
  18. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  19. Sergio Henao (Sky) s.t.
  20. Sergio Pardilla (Movistar) s.t.
  21. Johann Tschopp (BMC) s.t.
  22. Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) s.t.
  23. Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) s.t.
  24. Eros Capecchi (Liquigas) s.t.
  25. Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas) s.t.
  26. Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) @ 1min 27sec
  27. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) s.t.
  28. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) s.t.
  29. Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel) s.t.
  30. Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini) s.t.
  31. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
  32. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Barrauda) s.t.
  33. Marco Pinotti (BMC) s.t.
  34. Sandy Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) s.t.
  35. Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil) s.t.
  36. Peter Stetina (Garmin-Barracuda) s.t.
  37. Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  38. Przemslaw Niemiec (Lampre) s.t.
  39. Ivan Santaromita (BMC) s.t.
  40. Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  41. Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  42. Oliver Zaugg (Radio Shack-Nissan) s.t.
  43. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) s.t.
  44. Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana) s.t.
  45. Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) @ 1min 39sec
  46. Francis De Greef (Lotto-Belisol) @ 1min 47sec
  47. Matteo Monteguti (Ag2r) @ 2min 22sec
  48. Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
  49. Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  50. Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Pink Jersey Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) 32hr 23min 25sec
  2. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) @ 9sec
  3. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) @ 15sec
  4. Roman Kreuziger (Astana) @ 35sec
  5. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) s.t.
  6. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) @ 40sec
  7. Damiano Caruso (Liquigas) @ 45sec
  8. Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 46sec
  9. Frank Schleck (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 48sec
  10. Eros Capecchi (Liquigas) @ 52sec
  11. Rigoberto Uran (Sky) @ 53sec
  12. Michjele Scarponi (Lampre) @ 54sec
  13. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) @ 55sec
  14. Sergio Henao (Sky) @ 1min 10sec
  15. Damiano Cunego (Lampre) @ 1min 14sec
  16. Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas) @ 1min 16sec
  17. Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Barracuda) @ 1min 18sec
  18. Sergio Pardilla (Movistar) @ 1min 20sec
  19. Peter Stetina (Garmin-Barracuda) @ 1min 20sec
  20. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) s.t.
  21. Johann Tschopp (BMC) @ 1min 28sec
  22. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) @ 1min 30sec
  23. Marco Pinotti (BMC) @ 1min 43sec
  24. Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) @ 1min 44sec
  25. Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) @ 1min 47sec
  26. Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) @ 1min 54sec
  27. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) @ 2min 1sec
  28. Jan Bakelants (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 2min 3sec
  29. Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana) @ 2min 15sec
  30. Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar) @ 2min 24sec
  31. Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) @ 2min 26sec
  32. Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil) @ 2mn 26sec
  33. John Gadret (Ag2r) @ 2min 38sec
  34. José Rujano (Androni Giocattoli) @ 2min 39sec
  35. Przemyslaw Niemiez (Lampre) @ 2min 41sec
  36. Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF) s.t.
  37. Oliver Zaugg (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 2min 42sec
  38. Sandy Casar (Lotto-Belisol) @ 2min 50sec
  39. Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) @ 2min 52sec
  40. Ivan Santaromita (BMC) s.t.
  41. Francis De Greef (Lotto-Belisol) @ 3min 17sec
  42. Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) @ 3min 18sec
  43. Diego Ulissi (Lampre) @ 3min 23sec
  44. Branislau Samoilau (Movistar) @ 3min 24sec
  45. Volodymir Gustov (Saxo) @ 3min 27sec
  46. Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil) @ 3min 39sec
  47. Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) @ 3min 55sec
  48. Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) @ 4min 10sec
  49. Thomas Rohregger (Radio Shack-Nissan) @ 4min 44sec
  50. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) @ 4min 54sec

Points Competition

  1. Red jersey Matthew Harley Goss (GreenEdge): 65 points
  2. Mark Cavendish (Sky): 55
  3. Miguel Angel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli): 36
  4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF): 35
  5. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha): 30

Climbers' Competition

  1. Blue Jersey Miguel Angel Rubiano (Andorni Giocattoli): 24 points
  2. Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 16
  3. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana): 9
  4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF): 9
  5. Cesare Benedetti (NetApp): 7

Young Rider

  1. White jersey Damiano Caruso (Liquigas) 32hr 24min 10sec
  2. Rigoberto Uran (Sky) @ 8sec
  3. Sergio Henao (Sky) @ 25sec
  4. Peter Stetina (Garmin-Barracuda) @ 38sec
  5. Tom Jelt Slagter (Rabobank) @ 1min 41sec


Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank)
Daniele Bennati

Stage 8 map and profile

Stage 8 map

Stage 8 map

Stage 8 profile

Stage 8 profile

Photos from stage 8:

Peter Stetina and Ryder Hesjedal

Before the start: White Jersey Peter Stetina and Pink Jersey Ryder Hesjedal

Ivan Basso

Ivan Basso signs autographs



Miguel Minguez

Miguel Minguez leads the day's break.

Stetina and Hesjedal

Peter Stetina on Ryder Hesjedal's wheel

Mark Cavendish

The sprinters don't enjoy these days of heavy roads. Marck Cavendish finished 21 minutes behind Pozzovivo.

Michele Scarponi

Michele Scarponi


Both Liquigas and Astana spent a lot of time at the front during the final climb.

Domenico Pozzovivo

The move that won the day. Domenico Pozzovivo attacks near the end of the final climb.

Benat Intxuasti

Benat Intxausti went after Pozzovivo, but couldn't close the gap.

Domenico Pozzovivo

With happy fans alongside, you can see how small Pozzovivo is.

Domenico Pozzovivo

A perfectly timed attack gave perfect results.

Benat Intxausti

Intxausti barely held off the pack.

Field Sprint

Joaquin Rodriguez wins the field sprint.

Ryder Hesjedal-podium

Ryder Hesjedal got in trouble near the top of the last climb, but the other contenders failed to put him top the sword.