Italy’s Valerio Conti retains leader’s pink jersey but Slovenian up to second ahead of Monday’s first rest day
Last Updated: 19/05/19 6:45pm
Primoz Roglic emerged as the overwhelming favourite for the Giro d’Italia title after victory on Sunday’s ninth stage, a 34.8km individual time trial from Riccione.
Conti (Team UAE) finished 3:34 behind Lotto Jumbo-Visma rider Roglic to stay in the overall race leader’s position but it was Slovenia’s Roglic bossed the time trial to crush most of the overall contenders with his stage-winning time of 51 minutes 52 seconds.
Among those, two-time champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) of Italy limited the damage when he lost 1:05 following a strong showing in the finale, a 12.25-km climb in San Marino, to take fourth place. Belgian Victor Campenaerts and Dutchman Bauke Mollema finished second and third respectively.
“It’s a perfect performance in my mind, I did a good job,” said Roglic.
“I took it easy at the beginning and I gave it all at the end. It’s nice to take some time over the other GC favorites but the Giro is far from over.”
Briton Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) took a beating as he lost 3:11 to Roglic, and Spain’s Miguel Angel Lopez ended up 3:45 off the pace after all the general classification contenders rode the stage in wet conditions.
Stage 9 Results (Riccione – San Marino (ITT) – 34.8km)
|(1) Primoz Roglic (Slo)||Team Jumbo-Visma||51min 52secs|
|(2) Victor Campenaerts (Bel)||Lotto Soudal||at 11secs|
|(3) Bauke Mollema (Ned)||Trek-Segafredo||at 1min 00secs|
|(4) Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)||Bahrain-Merida||at 1min 05secs|
|(5) Tanel Kangert (Est)||EF Education First||at 1min 10secs|
|(6) Chad Haga (USA)||Team Sunweb||at 1min 14secs|
|(7) Bob Jungels (Lux)||Deceuninck-QuickStep||at 1min 16secs|
|(8) Hugh John Carthy (GBr)||EF Education First||at 1min 30secs|
|(9) Pello Bilbao (Spa)||Astana Pro Team||at 1min 43secs|
|(10) Mattia Cattaneo (Ita)||Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec||at 1min 52secs|
|(25) Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr)||Team Ineos||at 2mins 49secs|
|(32) Simon Yates (Gbr)||Mitchelton-Scott||at 3mins 11secs|
It was a spectacular reverse of fortune for Yates, who had been strong in the opening time trial after warning his rivals they should be scared of him.
Overall, Conti, who is not among the main GC contenders, leads Roglic, also winner of the first time trial and holder of the pink jersey for the first five stages, by 1:50. However Roglic now has 1:44 on Nibali in the overall standings before the Giro hits the mountains.
General Classification after Stage 9
|(1) Valerio Conti (Ita)||UAE Team Emirates||36hr(s) 08mins 32secs|
|(2) Primoz Roglic (Slo)||Team Jumbo-Visma||+1min 50secs|
|(3) Nans Peters (Fra)||AG2R La Mondiale||+2mins 21secs|
|(4) Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa)||Movistar Team||+2mins 33secs|
|(5) Fausto Masnada (Ita)||Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec||+2mins 36secs|
|(6) Andrey Amador (CRc)||Movistar Team||+2mins 39secs|
|(7) Amaro Antunes (Por)||CCC Team||+3mins 05secs|
|(8) Valentin Madouas (Fra)||Groupama-FDJ||+3mins 27secs|
|(9) Giovanni Carboni (Ita)||Bardiani CSF||+3mins 30secs|
|(10) Pello Bilbao (Spa)||Astana Pro Team||+3mins 32secs|
|(24) Simon Yates (Gbr)||Mitchelton-Scott||+5mins 36secs|
|(31) Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr)||Team Ineos||+6mins 58secs|
Monday is the three-week race’s first rest day before the race begins to head for the mountains with stage 10 on Tuesday heading from Ravenna to Modena. Tuesday and Wednesday’s predominantly flat stages prepare the way for the mountain stages in the middle of the week.