Giro d'Italia: Ewan wins stage 8

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) won stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia, triumphing in a sprint finish in the Adriatic coastal town of Pesaro. The Australian beat Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line, having jumped from behind the German’s wheel in the closing metres.

Lotto Soudal had worked on the front of the peloton for the bulk of the stage, keen to secure a win for their star sprinter after a series of near misses so far in the race. Ewan had sprinted to third in Fucecchio, second in Frascati, and fourth in Terracina before today’s victory.

A tricky technical descent that ended just 3km from the line threatened to derail the sprinters’ chances, but luckily the possibility of rain was confined to a few light sprinkles and a short shower in the final ten kilometres.

Bora and Deceuninck were the teams in prime position heading to the seafront, with Ackermann in prime position, while Viviani eschewed his lead-out train once again to sit on Ewan’s wheel. A bend at 200 metres to go was navigated without any trouble before Ackermann launched the sprint 100 metres from the line.

Ewan came off the points classification leader’s wheel, his aero style clearly giving him the edge in the dash from the line. From further back, Viviani wasn’t close to Ewan, but edged past Ackermann to take another runner-up spot.

“We've been trying pretty much all seven days now that we've been here, and I'm just so happy to repay them with the win now,” said Ewan after the stage. “I thought if I was feeling good that I'd go first through the last corner, but it was still a long way to go and I wasn't feeling that good.

“It was quite a hard final – harder than I thought it would be. I just waited. I knew I had a good kick so I just waited until he [Ackermann] went then I came around him.

“It means a lot. I have a lot of pressure on me to win races now. The difference now is I'm expected to win. I had an alright start to the year, but not a great one. To win here means the world to me.”

Stage 8 saw no changes in the major classifications, with Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) retaining the pink jersey, while Ackermann, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), and Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF) kept the cyclamen, blue and white jerseys, respectively.

How it unfolded

Another long stage in the Giro d'Italia from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro started under cloudy skies, with a threat of rain for the finish. The attacks went early in the pan-flat early kilometres, with Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Damiano Cima (Nippo Vini Fantini - Faizane) forming the day's move. The pair had Nathan Brown (EF Education First) along for a while, but the American decided against a likely fruitless day off the front of a sprinter's stage and went back to the peloton.

The Italian duo built up a maximum lead of just over six minutes before Lotto Soudal began to help reel them back, with Thomas de Gendt doing long turns for sprinter Caleb Ewan, almost singlehandedly controlling the breakaway.

There were a few crumbs of inspiration for the two leaders along the route, with intermediate sprints in Senigallia at km 127 and Calcinelli after 159.4km, and then a trio of small climbs - the category 3 Mombaroccio topping out at km 168.5, and category 4 climbs Monteluro (km. 203.7) and Gabicce Monte (km. 214.9) adding to the fatigue.

Cima took out the first sprint over Frapporti, and in the peloton behind Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) added to his tally in the sprint classification with third over points leader Pascal Ackermann. By the time the duo got to the second sprint, their lead had been cut in half. Frapporti claimed the sprint over Cima, with Oliver Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) leading the peloton through while helping De Gendt bring the gap down.

On the category 3 climb the leaders had 2:47, with Frapporti taking the maximum points, and once De Gendt finally pulled off with 43.5km to go, the leaders had only 52 seconds in hand. Movistar, UAE Team Emirates, and Jumbo-Visma came to the fore to protect their leaders against any attacks on the next climbs.

As they went up the Monteluro, Cima was distanced and caught by the peloton, meanwhile mountain classification leader Ciccone put in an attack as the peloton closed in to under 20 seconds from Frapporti, easily bridged across to the Androni rider, had a chat, then sprinted full out to take the measly three points on offer at the top. Frapporti managed to come back to the Trek-Segafredo rider, but the pair had just eight seconds on the descent with 32km to go.

Soon, the peloton reeled in the escapees as the sprinters' teams - Bora-Hansgrohe and Groupama-FDJ in particular - pedalled a furious pace. Ciccone went again on the Gabicce Monte, taking out the points and getting away briefly with Francois Bidard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Louis Vervaeke (Sunweb), but with 22.7km to go and only 12 seconds, the attack would always be futile, especially when Deceuninck-QuickStep and Movistar started contributing to the pace in the peloton.

With another uncategorized climb at 20km to go, the trio built up a 42-second lead as the peloton eased somewhat to save their legs for the sprint. A tricky descent with some rain and wet roads called for maximum concentration for the riders, allowing the leaders to hold 34 seconds with 16km to go.

Luckily the rain let up and the riders traversed the technical descent with 10km without incident as the sprinters' teams brought the trio back to 16 seconds with 10km and one more unclassified climb to go. Vervaeke lost contact first as Bidard attacked, sensing the presence of the peloton just behind.

The trio’s move looked promising at one point, with a rain shower promising to make the task of catching them on the winding roads tougher. It passed quickly though, and the attack was brought back with 6.5km to go.

Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe took to the front on the tricky descent down into Pesaro. The German team lead the way under the flamme rouge, launching Ackermann on the short run to the line, but it was Ewan who prevailed to take his second career Giro stage win.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal5:43:32
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 1 - Cell 2
3Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 3 - Cell 2
5Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 4 - Cell 2
6Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 5 - Cell 2
7Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 6 - Cell 2
8Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 7 - Cell 2
9Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension DataRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 9 - Cell 2
11José Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 16 - Cell 2
18Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 21 - Cell 2
23Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education FirstRow 26 - Cell 2
28Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team SunwebRow 28 - Cell 2
30Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team IneosRow 30 - Cell 2
32Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 32 - Cell 2
34Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team IneosRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team IneosRow 36 - Cell 2
38Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 37 - Cell 2
39Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 39 - Cell 2
41Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education FirstRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 41 - Cell 2
43Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 43 - Cell 2
45Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 45 - Cell 2
47Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 47 - Cell 2
49Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 48 - Cell 2
50Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 49 - Cell 2
51Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 52 - Cell 2
54Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education FirstRow 53 - Cell 2
55Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 54 - Cell 2
56Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension DataRow 55 - Cell 2
57Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 57 - Cell 2
59Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension DataRow 58 - Cell 2
60Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 61 - Cell 2
63Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team SunwebRow 62 - Cell 2
64Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 63 - Cell 2
65Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 64 - Cell 2
66Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 66 - Cell 2
68François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 68 - Cell 2
70Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43
71Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:04
72Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 73 - Cell 2
75Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 75 - Cell 2
77Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:07
78Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 77 - Cell 2
79Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team IneosRow 78 - Cell 2
80Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:01:47
81Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 81 - Cell 2
83Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Sebastian Henao (Col) Team IneosRow 83 - Cell 2
85Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:02:09
87Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team0:02:33
88Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 87 - Cell 2
89Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team IneosRow 91 - Cell 2
93Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education FirstRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-AlpecinRow 95 - Cell 2
97Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 96 - Cell 2
98Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension DataRow 97 - Cell 2
99Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ0:03:09
100Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 99 - Cell 2
101Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 100 - Cell 2
102Christian Knees (Ger) Team IneosRow 101 - Cell 2
103Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:16
104Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:57
105Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 105 - Cell 2
107Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 107 - Cell 2
109Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 108 - Cell 2
110Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 109 - Cell 2
111Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 110 - Cell 2
112Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:05:03
114Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:05
115Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:05:23
116Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:05:50
117Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 116 - Cell 2
118Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 117 - Cell 2
119Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 118 - Cell 2
120Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 119 - Cell 2
121Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 120 - Cell 2
122Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:48
123Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 122 - Cell 2
124Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education FirstRow 125 - Cell 2
127Ivan Sosa (Col) Team IneosRow 126 - Cell 2
128Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 127 - Cell 2
129Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 129 - Cell 2
131Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 130 - Cell 2
132Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:21
134Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 133 - Cell 2
135Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 134 - Cell 2
136Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 135 - Cell 2
137Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 136 - Cell 2
138Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 137 - Cell 2
139Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:08:10
140Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 139 - Cell 2
141Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 140 - Cell 2
142Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 141 - Cell 2
143Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:10:39
144Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:11:06
145Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 144 - Cell 2
146Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:11:39
147Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:11:53
149Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 148 - Cell 2
150Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 149 - Cell 2
151Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJRow 150 - Cell 2
152Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 151 - Cell 2
153Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 152 - Cell 2
154Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 153 - Cell 2
155Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 154 - Cell 2
156Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 155 - Cell 2
157Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team EmiratesRow 156 - Cell 2
158Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 157 - Cell 2
159Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 158 - Cell 2
160Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 159 - Cell 2
161Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 160 - Cell 2
162Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC TeamRow 161 - Cell 2
163Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team0:12:06
164Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:12:51
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal25pts
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe17Row 2 - Cell 3
4Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6Row 7 - Cell 3
9Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe5Row 8 - Cell 3
10Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy4Row 9 - Cell 3
11Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Mombaroccio, km. 168.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9pts
2Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 4) Monteluro, km. 203.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3pts
2Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 4) Gabicce Monte, km. 214.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3pts
2Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb2Row 1 - Cell 3
3François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint 1 - Senigallia, km. 127
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane10pts
2Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint 2 - Calcinelli, km. 159.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10pts
2Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec11pts
2Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ4Row 5 - Cell 3
7Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep3