The 25-year-old Lafaye scored his first career victory. At the end of the stage, he jumped from eight buddies in a gentle climb and at the finish line had a 36-second advantage over Italian Francesco Javazzi (EOLO-Kometa). The third place went to the German Nikias Arndt (DSM).
The pool of candidates in the race, in which Walter also rode, finished about five minutes late.
Nothing has changed at the front of the overall rating. The 22-year-old Hungarian, who started his professional career with the Polish CCC team, is still 11 seconds ahead of last year’s Tour de Pologne Belgium winner Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and the race winner. Tour de France 2019, Colombian Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadier) 16 seconds away. The Poles hold distant positions.
On Saturday, after an hour’s drive, Australian Caleb Ewan left the road. The winner of the two sprint stages in the Giro this year complained of knee pain.
The toughest stage so far was planned on a Sunday, from Castel de Sangro to Campo Felice in the Abruzzo Mountains (158 km), where John Paul II was resting on skis. The end is a six-kilometer climb, including a 1,600-meter section of gravel.
Wyniki 8. etapu, Foggia – Sanframondi Guard (170 km):
1. Victor Lavaye (France / Covidis) 4: 06.47
2. Francesco Gavazzi (Italy / EOLO-Kometa) 36 pp
3. Nikias Arendt (Germany / DSM) 37
4. Nelson Oliveira (Portuguese / Movistar) 41
5 – Giovanni Carboni (Włochy / Bardiani) 44
6- Kobe Goossens (Belgium / Lotto Soudal) 58
7. Victor Campinartes (Belgium / Assos) 1.00
8. Alexis Joggerd (France / AG2R Citroen) 1.54
9. Fernando Gaviria (Colombia / United Arab Emirates) 3.04
10. Joao Almeida (Portuguese / Deconnect – fast step) 4.48
145. Qhubeka Assos (Poland / Qhubeka Assos) 13.49
154- Thomas Marzinski (Polska / Lotto Soudal), same time
Maciej Bodnar (Polska / Bora-Hansgrohe) 14.11
1. Attila Walther (Węgry / Groupama -FDJ) – 31: 10.53
2. Remco Evenepoel (Belgia / Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 11 s
3. Egan Bernal (Colombia / Ineos Grenadiers) 16
4. Alexander Vlasov (Russia / Astana Premier Tech) 24
5. Hugh Karthy (UK / EF Education-Nippo) 38
6. Damiano Caruso (Italy / Bahrain victorious) 39
7 – Giulio Ciccone (Italy / Trek Segafredo) 41
8. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Israel, Start-Up Nation) 47
9. Simon Yates (Great Britain / BikeExchange) 49
10- Louis Vervaeck (Belgium / Albacin-Phoenix) 50
163. Wakasz Vinyowski (Poland / Qhubeka Assos) 1: 13.12
164- Maciej Bodnar (Polska / Bora – Hansgrohe) 1: 13.19
171- Tomas Markzynski (Poland / Lotto Soudal) 1: 16.23