Congratulations to Movistar's Alex Dorsett in winning Stage 8 ITT in Saltara. Alex's winning time of 1.16.27 was 10 seconds clear of second placed Bradley Wiggins. Alex Dowsett has notched up a spectacular success on stage eight of the 2013 Giro d'Italia this Saturday. After Friday's immense joy with the 'maglia rosa' achieved by Beñat Intxausti, the British elite time trial champion kept happiness alive for Movistar Team by beating some of the best specialists in the world for the day's win. Dowsett rolled down the start ramp almost three hours before his rivals to stop the clock in 1h16m27 at the end of the hard, 54.8-kilometer course from Gabicce Mare to Saltara, whose central part -he was only beaten into the first intermediate point by Nibali- saw the Essex rider excelling to gain a decisive advantage before the final 3k, where Wiggins (SKY) and Nibali (AST) were close to beat hime, ending up in 2nd and 3rd, ten and twenty-one seconds behind the rider directed today by José Luis Arrieta.
Dowsett, aged 24, crowns himself in the first-ever grandtour he's ever raced in four years as pro cyclist. Winner of the British national TT for the last two years, 8th in the 2012 Worlds and U23 European champion, this victory sets him definitely into the club of the world's best timetriallists. In turn, Beñat Intxausti went through a bad day and lost almost four minutes on his team-mate, sitting now in 14th overall, three and a half minutes behind Nibali, the new pink jersey. Dowsett's victory today keeps alive Movistar Team's winning streak in the GT's, all seven (3 Giros, 2 Tours, 2 Vueltas) since Telefónica sponsors the team in 2011. It's also the 12th victory from Eusebio Unzué's squad so far this season. Sunday will see the riders covering the final 170k before the first rest day: Sansepolcro-Firenze, with four categorized climbs where Giovanni Visconti will fight to defend his 'maglia azzurra' as KOM. Stage Report can be found at: Movistar Team News.