Stage 8 results: Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini) prances clear on the final hill followed by Alberto Contador with the sprinters 5s back

31 Big Photos from Stage 8sirotti/rcs
Stage 8 results
1  Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini)            4:59:45
2  Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)
3  Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD)       + 0:05 	
4  Alexander Kristoff (BMC Racing Team)     
5  Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli)      
6  Davide Appollonio (Sky Procycling)  
7  Francisco Ventoso (Movistar)	

General classification after Stage 8
1  Pieter Weening (Rabobank)             
2  Kanstantin Siutsou (HTC-Highroad)      + 0:02
3  Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad) 
Full/Official Results and
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31 Big Photos from Stage 8sirotti/rcs

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May 13 post: At quick glance, Stage 8 looks like one of the rare sprinter opportunities at this year's Giro, but there is literally one small obstacle that may ruin the day for the sprinters. Just two km from the finish in Tropea is a 700m section that averages 7.8% (8.5% near the top) before the final km levels out.

The 2004 Olympic champion, Paolo Bettini won the opening stage of the 2005 Giro d'Italia in Tropea with a move no one could match on this section. Is there a puncheur in this year's field good enough to succeed with the same move?

The day starts in Sapri and heads south along the twisty coastal road overlooking the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea for the entire 217 km. By the finish in Tropea, we'll be near the bottom of main land Italy. Tropea is a precarious village built on a reef. These images of Tropea from different sources reveal what an absolutely stunning place it is. I wouldn't want to sink my money into one of the buildings overhanging the beach, but I certainly wouldn't mind a one-week rental. — Steve