Victor Lafay (Cofidis) claimed his first stage victory as a professional in stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday while Caleb Ewan, who won two stages this week, was forced to abandon the race due to pain in his knee.
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Lafay, 25, was among a group of nine in the breakaway on the final climb of the 170km stage and held off a late surge from Eolo-Kometa’s Francesco Gavazzi who finished second with Team DSM’s Nikias Arndt third.
“I spent a lot of energy already in the first part of the stage to get into the breakaway,” Lafay said. “There were several attempts but the peloton didn’t leave much space. Then finally the breakaway went clear.
“Once the gap started to increase I was able to recover some energy. In the finale of the stage, there were several attacks. I attacked in the last few kilometres and saw that no one was following me.”
Attila Valter retained the leader’s pink jersey with none of the general classification contenders losing time as they crossed the line in the same group.
“It was a perfect day for me and for the team,” Valter said. “Once the break went clear, we tried not to take any risks.
“It’s amazing to see all my team mates working for me and it’s fantastic to be able to wear the Maglia Rosa for another day.”