They came tremendously close to their first stage win on Friday with Juanjo Lobato's second place in Fiuggi and Saturday finally brought the Movistar Team another prize to add to their permanent love story with the Giro d'Italia, thanks to Beñat Intxausti, The Basque rider rose his arms to the firmament in Campitello Matese to crown a really fought break from the very start of the 186km stage eight, the first real mountains of this edition.

A group of almost fifty riders leaving the peloton later left room to a more serious attack of twelve men, which rode broken into two echelons within a minute's distance. At the second one, Intxausti continued taking turns to keep the break's chances alive, the bunch letting them go to more than eight minutes before coming closer to less than 5' on the foot of the ascent (-13km) and dramatically approaching with the final attacks by Fabio Aru (AST), bravely resisted by a brilliant Ion Izagirre (11th), Visconti (12th) and Amador (13th) -the latter two still into the GC's top ten, 7th and 10th respectively-.

Intxausti broke the pursuit group together with Switzerland's Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM) and profited from Steven Kruijswijk's (TLJ) sinking at the front to take the lead and later attack his break companion with 3.5km to go. A supreme effort, with all race favourites just behind, led him to a solo victory dedicated to the late Xavi Tondo. Intxausti's win is the Movistar Team's 11th in the 'Corsa Rosa' since Telefónica took over as title sponsor.

REACTION / Beñat Intxausti: I didn't have a good day in the La Spezia stage due to the warm conditions, and even though I was already coming here with the intention of snatching a stage victory, I completely changed the focus from that moment and switched completely towards 'stage-win chasing' mode. I knew that breakaways stood a big chance today - there were actually loads of attacks from the start. I tried to make all moves I could in the beginning, and was lucky enough to reach the decisive move that was going away. We spent a lot of time chasing behind that first group, but I was still calm because the team always kept me confident and my sports directors gave me all references I needed. I kept my mind cold as I was well informed and confident that my legs were doing really well.

"I kept strong all the way until the finishing climb and waited for as long as I could before launching my attack. I jumped away with 4km to go - it was a matter of pushing the hardest I could towards the finish until that. Italy in general and the Giro in particular will always be a special place for me: the 'tifosi', the beautiful roads, a really nice race... It really makes me happy to snatch that second victory after the one in Ivrea two years ago, together with that day in 'maglia rosa'. There's still a long way left to go in this Giro; let's hope the team can keep this streak alive. We came here really excited to do well and this will surely be a boost to continue."