Giulio Ciccone courageously left the 'break of the day' with 18 kilometres to go to the finish in Cogne for a solo win. Behind him the peloton were happy to stay together as INEOS Grenadiers piloted the pink jersey of Richard Carapaz into the final week.
At the end of a crazy attacking day on the roads of Torino, Simon Yates attacked on the final climb for the solo win. Richard Carapaz finished in the chase group to take the overall lead with Jai Hindley in second place after his BORA-hansgrohe team split the race. Juan Pedro López rode out of his skin, but lost the overall lead.
The four-man break of the day looked like they might go all the way to the finish in Cuneo, but the peloton timed the chase perfectly and caught them 700 metres before the finish-line. French fast-man, Arnaud Démare, took his third stage win of this Giro d'Italia.
The day of the successful break. The Break of the day was big and there was no rider who was a danger on GC. The lead group worked well, but the eventual splits came in the final 30 kilometres. Stefano Oldani, Lorenzo Rota and Gijs Leemreize held off the others for Oldani to win a cat-and-mouse sprint from Rota.
Today's stage was always going to be a bunch sprint, but Dries De Bondt nearly upset with a late attack. He was caught with 1,2 kilometres to go and a chaotic sprint ensued. Alberto Dainese pushed his wheel over the line ahead of Fernando Gaviria, Simone Consonni and points leader Arnaud Démare. Juan Pedro López held the overall lead.
The toughest stage in the 2022 Giro d'Italia so far blew the race apart leaving a top group of six to fight for the win. Jai Hindley, Romain Bardet and Richard Carapaz sprinted to the line, for the Australian to take the victory. The GC changed, but Juan Pedro López kept the pink jersey by 12 seconds over João Almeida.
Stage 8 was held on what was described as a 'Worlds style circuit' in Napoli. The action was from the gun on this lumpy course and the break of the day went away in the first meters. The money was on Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay, but it was Thomas De Gendt who sneaked away in a counter-attack and won the sprint.
A super strong break formed early and was whittled down to four riders: Bouwman, Formolo, Dumoulin and Mollema. The stage victory came down to a sprint from these four and it was the young Bouwman who had the best legs after a tough 196 kilometres. The bunch came in at 3 minutes with López keeping the pink jersey.