The GC action resumed on Stage 7 at the Giro d’Italia, which saw Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) claim a maiden Grand Tour stage win. Spain’s Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) retained the race leader’s pink jersey.
Saturday sees a short, sharp Stage 8 - a 153km traipse around Napoli - that will culminate in a sprint along the Via Caracciolo seafront after four laps of a 19km circuit between Bacoli and Monte di Procida. It contains 2,130 metres of climbing over an undulating terrain, so should be one for sprinters who are not averse to a little bit of climbing. Adam Blythe, speaking on The Breakaway, described the stage as "absolutely bonkers".
"It is going to be brilliant," began Blythe.
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"We're going to have a proper little one-day race. It is going to be fast, furious, with little laps, [there will be] climbs, descents. [Plus there are] terrible roads around Naples - there's dogs running everywhere as well, and there's garbage fires in the middle of the road. Everything is going to be absolutely bonkers.
"It's going to be like a little classic race in the middle of a Grand Tour. It's just going to be fast, furious, and I think it's going to be open to attacks, maybe even a sprint, maybe Giacomo Nizzolo (srael–Premier Tech) might be there? Who knows? I'm like rubbing my hands for it. I can't wait."
Blythe: Stage 8 will be 'absolutely bonkers'
HOW CAN I WATCH THE GIRO ON TV AND LIVE STREAM?
Each and every stage will be broadcast in its entirety on Eurosport, discovery+ and GCN+, bookended by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui and Dan Lloyd. Rob Hatch and Hannah Walker will be in the commentary box with regular contributions from pundits Robbie McEwen, Sean Kelly and Adam Blythe, with Bradley Wiggins doing his thing on the back of a motorbike.
WHEN IS STAGE 8?
Tune in from 12:15-17:00 BST to watch Stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia. Watch the action on Eurosport 1, with uninterrupted coverage on discovery+
STAGE 8 PROFILE AND ROUTE MAP
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Stream the Giro d'Italia live and on-demand on discovery+. You can also watch all the action live on eurosport.co.uk.
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