Guillaume Martin’s Giro d’Italia challenge blooms again in shadow of Vesuvius

Guillaume Martin’s overall challenge at this Giro d’Italia looked to have been submerged on Mount Etna, but it sprouted once again in the shadow of a different volcano on stage 8. The Frenchman clawed back three minutes on the favourites by infiltrating the early break on Saturday’s short, intense stage around Naples, and now his Giro takes on a very different hue.

“I was very disappointed after the Etna stage. I had prepared a lot for that stage and then I lost time there,” said Martin after he wheeled to a halt on Via Caracciolo, Vesuvius shimmering in the haze across the bay. “Now underneath another volcano, I’ve gone a bit better.”

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