Stage 8: Caleb Ewan sprints to victory but Conti remains in the lead

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Caleb Ewan

Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory on the eighth and longest stage of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday, while Valerio Conti remained the overall leader.

Ewan, who rides for Lotto-Soudal, edged Elia Viviani and Pascal Ackermann in a bunch sprint at the end of the 239-kilometre stage from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro.

The 2017 stage winner was perfectly positioned after a tight curve 200 metres from the line and beat Italian champion Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) in a short sprint.

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who leads the points classification, took third place.

Italian Valerio Conti of UAE Team Emirates retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.

“Determination and the help of the team made me a winner today. We’ve been trying for seven days to get this win. I’m just so happy to win this stage,” said Ewan.

“I wanted to be first in the last corner but it was still a long way away so it worked better to get out of Ackermann’s wheel. I knew I had a good kick and I went around him.”

Sunday’s ninth stage is a 34.8-km individual time trial from Riccione to San Marino featuring a 12.25-km climb at the end.

Conti, who has worn the leader’s pink jersey since finishing second on Thursday’s sixth stage, remained one minute, 32 seconds ahead of Jose Rojas and 1min 41sec ahead of Giovanni Carboni.

The Giro continues on Sunday with the 34.8km time trial from Riccione to San Marino and concludes with a time trial in Verona on June 2.

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