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Alexander Kristoff registered his third top 10 finish of the season. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Alexander Kristoff registered his third top 10 finish of the season. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 8: Kristoff Fourth

14. May 2011

Tropea, Italy

Alexander Kristoff scored his best result of the season for the BMC Racing Team with fourth place on Saturday's stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Tricky Finish

Kristoff and the rest of the peloton were unable to follow an attack by Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini) on a hill in the final 1.5 kilometers. Gatto soloed to the win ahead of Alberto Contrador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) while Pieter Weening (Rabobank) kept the overall lead. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) nipped Kristoff at the line to take the bunch sprint. "I started a little bit early, so I died a bit at the end," Kristoff said. "But I got some super help from Danilo (Wyss) and Simon (Zahner)." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said: "It was a very dangerous and technical finish, with one really dangerous corner with about three kilometers to go."