Primoz Roglic wins Chianti Classico stage, individual time trial; Brambilla retains Maglia Rosa
The Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) won Stage 9 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, the Chianti Classico Stage, a 40.5 km individual time trial from Radda in Chianti to Greve in Chianti. Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) and Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling) finished second and third.
The stage was marked by a heavy rainfall on the last riders to start.
Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) retained the race leader and Maglia Rosa by a margin of only 1" over his team-mate Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step), with Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 32".
1 - Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - 40.5km in 51'45", average speed 46.956km/h
2 - Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) at 10"
3 - Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling) at 17"
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel - Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)
1 - Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step)
2 - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step) at 1"
3 - Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 32"
Seconds after the stage finish, stage winner Roglic said: "After approximately ten kilometres, I lost my computer and my bottle. I indicated to my sport director to pick my computer but I'm not sure if he understood what I was telling him. I also lost motivation and I decided to take it easy. But I was feeling fantastic uphill so I just pushed and pushed for the fun of it. I was really slow and unlucky at the beginning but very fast and lucky at the end because I only felt a drop or two while the riders after me got the pouring rain. This is strange, very strange".
The Maglia Rosa, Gianluca Brambilla, said: "Yesterday I expended a lot of of energy in the breakaway. I attacked and I went full gas all day. It was the same today: alone again, full gas again and nothing to lose. Everything went well. I kept the Maglia Rosa. Until now everything has gone well in the Giro. It's an amazing feeling".
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Stage 10 – Campi Bisenzio - Sestola – 219 km
After the first 25km, this mountain stage doesn’t feature one single flat metre. Just past Pistoia, the route climbs up Passo della Collina (on wide and ever-bending roads) and across the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. After dropping quickly into Porretta Terme, the route climbs up again to tackle the Pietracolora categorised climb, leading into Valle del Samone. A short flat sector follows, leading to Marano sul Panaro. Here the route starts to climb and descend constantly over 70km (with milder or harsher gradients), all the way up to the Pian del Falco KOM. The final part of the climb features long stretches with double-digit gradients (topping out at 14%). The last 15km run half downhill and half uphill.
The final kilometres comprise a fast and technical descent that leads from the KOM summit to Fanano. The descent can be divided into two quite steep parts: the first one runs on large roads, with just a few bends, and leads into a second section where the road is narrower at points, and which twists and turns all the way up into urban Fanano. Next on the route is the final 7km climb, with gradients of 5-6%, on a wide yet winding road that leads into the final 100m long, uphill home straight, on a 6.5m wide asphalt road.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
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