Italy – Saturday’s epic Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, which subjected riders to rain and muddy roads in the Tuscany region of Italy, caused much damage to some of the race’s GC hopefuls, but Garmin-Transitions rider David Millar rode brilliantly, moving up to third place overall.
Crashes and struggles among some riders on the Strade bianche roads made it a manic stage. Rain caused the last 45 kilometers of the 222km race to resemble a spring classic.
Australian Cadel Evans won the stage, but Millar put in a strong performance on his Felt F1 team bike to finish near the front and move into third place overall, behind new race leader Alexandre Vinokourov and second-place Evans. Millar is 1:29 behind Vinokourov heading into Stage 8, another tough day in which riders will face the first summit finish of the three-week race.
Stage 8, Carrara-Montalcino, 222km
1. Cadel Evans (Aus), BMC, 5:13:37
2. Damiano Cunego (Ita), Lampre-Farnese Vini, at 0:02
3. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), same time
4. Marco Pinotti (Ita), HTC-Columbia, at 0:06
5. David Arroyo (Spa), Caisse dEpargne, at 0:12
Overall (after Stage 8)
1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Astana, 24:09:42
2. Cadel Evans (GB), BMC, at 1:12
3. David Millar (GB), Garmin-Transitions, at 1:29
4. Vladimir Karpets (Rus), Katusha, at 1:30
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita), Liquigas-Doimo, at 1:33