"I have spent a lot to close the gap before the final climb - said Gatis Smukulis eighth at the finish line - but I'm happy with the result arrived after I was all day on the run."
"It 's been exciting climbing La Camperona - a terrible uphill with different road sections with steeper slopes greater than 20% - between two wings of crowd. I'll try again ".
"We made a good race - commented sport director Dmitri Sedoun - and Michele Scarponi remained with the best and deserves to enter the Top Ten”.
The stage went to Russian Sergey Lagutin, while the GC has been revolutionized and is now led by Colombian Nairo Quintana with our Scarponi in 14th place at 2'36 “ from the new race leader.
The ninth stage, from Cistierna High de Naranco of 164 km, has several climbs along the way and a tough final with the climb to the Oviedo mountain: 6 km with an average gradient of 6.1%.