Belgian cyclist Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) was crowned in the eighth stage. Spaniard Jorge Arcas (Movistar) won third and Spaniard Juanpe López (Trek-Segafredo) sprinted hard to win the 153 kilometer Giro d’Italia ‘pink jersey’ with a start and finish in Naples.

The always belligerent ‘king of the escapes’ did his job again on a rough day on Naples soilHe led the breakaway quartet after outrunning the brave Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and winning the finish line ahead of Italian Davide Gabburo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) and Arcas.

The Transalpine tour will continue this Sunday with the arrival of the Apennines. With an elevation gain of 5,000 meters, runners will encounter 191 kilometers of high mountains between Isernia and Blockhaus, and the last 13 kilometers will encounter slopes of up to 14%.