• Team Israel Start-Up Nation rider Alex Dowsett celebrates his Stage 8 victory at the Giro d'Italia (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Alex Dowsett of Team Israel Start-Up Nation took a second career Giro d'Italia win when he soloed to victory in the eighth stage, a 200 kilometre trek from Giovinazzo to Vieste on Sunday (AEDT).

The six-time individual time trial British champion attacked from a small group of breakaway riders some 17km from the finish and maintained his advantage to beat Italian Salvatore Puccio and Briton Matthew Holmes.

Portugal's Joao Almeida retained the overall leader's Maglia Rosa after a quiet day in the main bunch.

The overall contenders are set to be the main focus on Monday when the ninth stage takes the peloton over 208km from San Salvo to Roccaraso in the Abruzzo mountains.

Briton Simon Yates of Mitchelton-Scott was withdrawn from the race on Saturday after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

Simon Yates withdraws from Giro after positive Covid test
Simon Yates has been forced to withdraw from the Giro D'Italia after testing positive for COVID-19