Second in Giro break for Puccio

10 Oct 2020

Second in Giro break for Puccio

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 8 » Giovinazzo › Vieste, 200km

Salvatore Puccio came close to a richly deserved Giro stage victory with a hard-fought second place into Vieste.

The Italian showed great form in the day's six-man breakaway and put himself in a great position with the peloton content to allow the sextet to contest the stage win.

With their advantage hitting over 11 minutes at one point, Puccio was alert when the attacks began with 30km to go. 

On the finishing circuit Puccio was able to split the group with his acceleration on the climb, only for the group to come back together shortly after. A move from Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) proved to be key, with the Brit using his time trial ability to go clear. With Puccio forced into the lion's share of the chasing behind he eventually came into the finishing straight in a three-up sprint for second - edging out his rivals as they finished 1:15 back on Dowsett.

Back in the bunch Filippo Ganna helped protect Tao Geoghegan Hart on a day that saw the peloton relax ahead of stages to come. Ganna will once again wear the maglia azzurra on Sunday.
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- Salvatore Puccio

"I was in the break and I felt really, really good. I was checking the other riders and how they were pedalling. The only thing I was a bit scared about was Israel as they had two riders and they could play a good tactic. 
 
"When Dowsett attacked the first time I tried to follow straight away because I knew he could double the advantage with a teammate behind. I tried to drop them on the climb, and at first I did drop a few guys but they were able to come back. They played it smart. It was good to take second position but it’s a shame for the team. We have tried every day to take a stage win. In four days I’ve been in the break twice. There are still 10 days to go so for sure I will try again."
Stage eight result:

1. Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) 4:50:09
2. Salvatore Puccio (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:15"
3. Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
4. Joey Rosskopf (CCC Team)
5. Matthias Brandle (Israel Start-Up Nation) +2:10"