Guerreiro the best breakaway in the ninth Giro stage, Kelderman looks strong

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Ruben Guerreiro has won the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia from an early break. On the last climb of the day he was stronger in the final sprint than Jonathan Castroviejo. Wilco Kelderman took some time back from a few competitors in the final phase.

After a relatively quiet day, the riders were allowed to prepare for a tough mountain stage in the ninth stage with an uphill finish in Roccaraso. However, the initial kilometers of the race were largely flat, so many riders ventured to attack. Filippo Ganna, wearer of the mountain jersey and recognized speed rider, often stirred, but was not allowed to leave the peloton.

Eight riders leave after a quick opening phase

It led to an opening hour at a very high speed (50 kilometers per hour on average). Among the many attack attempts, there was even one by Vincenzo Nibali, but the platoon did not want to give him an inch. Seven riders took advantage of the situation that followed and formed the leading group of the day in several parts: Eduardo Sepulveda, Jonathan Castroviejo, Ben O’Connor and Ruben Guerreiro were joined by Larry Warbasse, Giovanni Visconti and Kilian Frankiny. The leading group eventually had a five-minute lead before Mikkel Bjerg started his attempt. The Dane quickly closed the gap with an impressive effort.

The eight riders took a maximum lead of 6.30 minutes together. Behind them, the men from Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Trek-Segafredo took turns controlling the pace so as not to give Castroviejo, as the best classified, too much time. On the first two climbs Visconti proved to be twice the strongest and gathered many points for the mountain jersey. This allowed him to take over the blue jersey from Ganna after the race.

Bjerg opens final, but Guerreiro wins

On the penultimate climb of the day, the front runners noticed that they had to speed up a bit. Behind them, Trek-Segafredo seemed to have plans, but the team suddenly stopped driving just before the top of the climb. In the meantime, the leading group had been completely disbanded. Castroviejo, Guerreiro, Frankiny, Warbasse and Bjerg drove away from the others after an attack by the Dane.

On the final climb, the five riders stayed close to each other for a long time until Castroviejo started at six kilometers from the end. The INEOS rider got Guerreiro along and together they rode towards the final kilometer. In it, the two men from the Iberian Peninsula let it come to a final sprint. Guerreiro waited a long time in Castroviejo’s wheel, but started at two hundred meters from the end. The Spaniard could not hold back the upcoming Portuguese and had to settle for second place.

Kelderman drives a strong final

Wilco Kelderman showed to be among the favorites for the overall victory this Giro d’Italia among the classification riders. Sovereignly, he put his teammates, who appeared to be present in large numbers, in the lead. It turned out to be a short takeover, after which the pace was slowed down again. That opened up space for Lucas Hamilton and Tao Geoghegan Hart to attack. They took a small lead over the group of favorites.

Where a lot of spectacle was expected, the final climb eventually gave birth to a mouse. The rest of the classification riders kept a close eye on each other and made no attempt to run away. In the sprint, Kelderman was still strong and took some time on his closest competitors.

More later.

(Photo: Sirotti)

Results stage 9 Giro d’Italia 2020

1. Ruben Guerreiro
2. Jonathan Castroviejo +0.08
Mikkel Bjerg +0.58
4. Kilian Frankiny +1.16
5. Larry Warbasse “
6. Tao Geoghegan Hart +1.19
7. Lucas Hamilton +1.32
8. Wilco Kelderman +1.38
9. Jakob Fuglsang “
10. Jai Hindley “

GC after stage 9 Giro d’Italia 2020

1. João Almeida
2. Wilco Kelderman +0.30
3. Pello Bilbao +0.39
4. Domenico Pozzovivo +0.53
5. Vincenzo Nibali +0.57
6. Jakob Fuglsang +1.01
7. Harm Vanhoucke +1.02
8. Patrck Konrad +1.11
9. Jai Hindley  +1.15
10. Rafal Majka +1.17

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