Stage 8: Rivisondoli - San Vincenzo
By BikeRadar & AFP
Saturday, May 17, 2008 5.44pm
Saunier-Duval rider takes second Giro stage
Riccardo Ricco takes stage 8 from Paolo Bettini and Davide Rebellin Saturday. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images
As predicted, stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia was one for the jumpers as Saunier-Duval's Riccardo Ricco beat world champion Paolo Bettini (QuickStep) in an uphill sprint after 208km from Rivisondoli to Tivoli Saturday.
In a surprise move, 2007 Giro champion Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) launched a last second attack, coming from the back of the peloton in the final 300 metres before the Cobra (Ricco) and the Cricket (Bettini) stormed to the line, dragging another pre-race favourite, Davide Rebellin, to the line to round out today's podium.
QuickStep's Giovanni Visconti keeps the leader's pink jersey for another day.
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