At 10km out
Ben Healy has taken his first Grand Tour stage win in stunning style brilliantly attacking from 50km out. Thanks to a long range attack on a climb that suited a rider who’d excelled in the hilly Classics just a few weeks ago.
"I went from far out but I thought this was the right move. I didn't want to lose my chance to win. I had good legs all along. This is a good day. It's a massive win for the team and myself. I've always been successful in Italy, even before I turned pro. Racing here suits me well and hopefully there's more to come."
IPT's 25-year-old Canadian track cyclist is having a neo-pro dream. He was first in the breakaway at Paris-Roubaix entering the Arenberg Forest, and today he sprinted to second place on Giro d'Italia stage eight.
"It feels like a win. I'm over the moon. Coming into this Giro, I thought I had no chance, I was just trying to survive and get experience so this is amazing. It's really confidence inspiring to have the team believe in me and put me in a calendar like this so I'm really happy that I can validate that."
"It was a strong breakaway with quite a few riders typically better suited to the stage profile so what we saw today is just how strong and gutsy Derek is. I don't think even he realizes how big a ride he did today and it won't be the last time we see him ride like this."
-Sam Bewley. DS IPT