With 4km to go, Italy’s Ivan Basso (CSC) made the attack which won him both the stage and the overall lead on stage eight of the Giro.
With a strong ride from the CSC team, Basso was protected within the fast paced group before he broke away towards the summit of the Passo Lanciano, and the finish line.
He came in 30 seconds ahead of Damiano Cunego (Lampre) and Jose Gutierrez (Phonak) putting him up on Gutierrez by one minute in the overall standings. Cunego sat in third at 1:48.
On Monday’s stage nine, 23-year-old Tomas Vaitkus (Ag2r) sprinted to win the race between Francavilla al Mare to Termoli.
He beat Basso in a photo finish but left the Italian CSC rider with the overall lead.
Giro d’Italia stage eight results:
1. Ivan Basso (Ita/Team CSC) 4:04:19
2. Damiano Cunego (Ita/Lampre) +30
3. Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Spa/Phonak)
4. Giampaolo Caruso (Ita/Liberty Seguros) +45
5. Luca Mazzanti (Ita/Panaria) +1:09
6. Leonardo Piepoli (Ita/Saunier Duval) +1:15
7. Gilberto Simoni (Ita/Saunier Duval)
8. Danilo Di Luca (Ita/Liquigas) +1:30
9. Jose Rujano (Ven/Selle Italia)
10. Julio Perez Cuapio (Mex/Panaria)
Stage nine results:
1. Tomas Vaitkus (Lithuania / AG2R) 3 hours, 05 minutes, 13 seconds
2. Paolo Bettini (Italy / Quick-Step) same time
3. Olaf Pollack (Germany / T-Mobile)
4. Robbie McEwen (Australia / Davitamon – Lotto)
5. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium / Francaise des Jeux)
6. Alexandre Botcharov (Russia / Credit Agricole)
7. Manuele Mori (Italy / Saunier Duval)
8. Maximiliano Richeze (Argentina / Panaria)
9. Leonardo Duque (Colombia / Cofidis)
10. Alessandro Spezialetti (Italy / Liquigas)
1. Ivan Basso (Italy) 34 hours, 46 minutes, 30 seconds
2. Jose Gutierrez Cataluna (Spain) 1:34 behind
3. Damiano Cunego (Italy) 1:48
4. Paolo Savoldelli (Italy) 2:35
5. Sergiy Honchar (Ukraine) 2:43
6. Danilo Di Luca (Italy) 2:48
7. Gilberto Simoni (Italy) 3:20
8. Giampaolo Caruso (Italy) 3:23
9. Tom Danielson (USA) 3:31
10. Jose Vigil Rubiera (Spain) 3:39