Healy goes long and wins solo at Giro.

//Healy goes long and wins solo at Giro.

Healy goes long and wins solo at Giro.

It was Ben Healy Day in the Giro d’Italia.

The EF Education Easypost rider celebrated by taking a solo victory on stage eight into Fossombrone. “I mean I had good legs today, and just gave it a good go,” said Healy. “On the first little dig, I could see that I went solo and just pushed onto the finish from there.”

Healy was part of an early break of four that eventually became a group of 12 riders. Then with 50 kilometers to the finish, he attacked uphill and gradually pulled away. Nobody behind had the wattage to bring him back.

“I knew I can time trial to the finish pretty well and I was confident in myself to do that and I just paced myself to the finish and it worked out alright.” It certainly did and you can expect this isn’t the only Giro stage he has marked for a potential victory.

It was his party and that’s the way he wanted it. “If you can solo, it’s always better. I know big groups like this, group dynamics can play a big role, and I didn’t want to take any chances,” said Healy. He continued to expand his gap to the chasers. He’d cross the finish line a whopping 1:49 ahead of Derek Gee(Israel-Premier Tech) in second and Filippo Zana (Jayco-AlUla) in third.

Healy clearly likes Italy a whole lot, picking up his first grand tour victory. “Italy has the sort of racing that I like and it suits me well,” he said.

It’s been a breakout season for the young Irishman, who notched a second place in Brabantse Pijl and Amstel Gold Race and then delivered a fourth place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Sports director Tejay van Garderen could see that that Healy was the real deal.

“We always knew he was a big talent, but this year he has shown his class, “said Van Garderen. Ben Healy is going to be a name you are going to be listening to for a long time. First grand tour and a stage victory in that fashion, that is the stuff of legend.”





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