Uijtdebroeks moves up in Giro d'Italia standings and is back in white

Uijtdebroeks moves up in Giro d'Italia standings and is back in white

Cian Uijtdebroeks climbed with the best in the Giro d'Italia again. In a stage with arrival on top of Prati di Tivo, the young Belgian maintained himself in the group of favorites. The white jersey is back on Uijtdebroeks' shoulders after stage eight.

A group of fourteen riders broke away from the peloton in the early stages. Shortly before that, Jan Tratnik was very active to get into the breakaway of the day. But it soon became clear that some teams in the peloton had set their sights on the stage win today, as the lead of the breakaway never was very big.

With a few kilometers to go on the final climb, the last escapees were caught. At that point Uijtdebroeks was well in front and later parried several attacks by the competition. In a sprint won by Tadej Pogacar, Uijtdebroeks eventually finished seventh. With that performance, the Belgian moved up from seven to five in the general classification. In addition, the white jersey is back on Uijtdebroeks' shoulders.

“It was a little too flat in the final for me to attack,” Uijtdebroeks said immediately after the race. “The legs were good. However, I prefer it a little steeper to attack. The pace was very high, so escaping was hardly possible. Antonio Tiberi tried a few times, but I was always right on his wheel. The white jersey is not what I'm racing with in mind. I am aiming for the highest possible result in the general classification.”

"We had another good battle today"

Cian Uijtdebroeks

Uijtdebroeks is very satisfied with his performance in this Giro d'Italia. “We've already had some tough days, but it's going satisfactorily for me. We had another good battle today as well. It obviously gives me a lot of confidence that I recapture the white jersey and also move up two places in the GC. We can move forward with that again.”

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