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May 18, Stage 9: Lugo - Sestola 172km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to live coverage of 172km long stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia from Lugo to the summit finish at Sestola.

  1. 12:20:12 CEST

    Welcome to today's coverage of the Giro d'Italia and we've got our second consecutive summit finish for the peloton.

  2. 12:21:46 CEST

    We've got our first truly sunny day since we began in Belfast. There is a little bit of wind, but we aren't expecting any rain today.

  3. 12:24:59 CEST

    We are around 15 minutes from the start in Lugo and the riders are beginning to make their way to the start line.

  4. 12:30:06 CEST

    Yesterday saw the first test for the general classification and Diego Ulissi take his second stage win of the race. Considering the gradients at the finish, Ulissi's win was hugely impressive. The Italian admits that his performance so far has put him in contention as one of the team's leaders. Read what he had to say here.

  5. 12:31:51 CEST

    A reminder of how things panned out yesterday with the top 10 from stage 8.


    1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:47:47
    2 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing
    3 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:06
    4 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
    5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:08
    6 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
    7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:14
    9 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17
    10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:00:20

  6. 12:36:17 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Michael Matthews had to had the pink jersey over to his compatriot Cadel Evans yesterday, after he was dropped on the Cippo di Carpegna. Here is a look at how the general classification looks after the summit finish on Montecopiolo.


    1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 34:22:35
    2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:57
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:10
    4 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:31
    5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:39
    6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:43
    7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44
    8 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:45
    9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:49
    10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:50

  7. 12:39:17 CEST

    • Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo

    We've got news of our first DNS today, Francesco Chicchi (Neri Sottoli). The Italian took a spectacular head-first dive over the roadside barriers into the grass on the other side yesterday, when he lost control of his bike. Chicchi finished the stage over 30 minutes down on the leaders.

  8. 12:45:08 CEST

    Julian Arredondo's attack nearly came off yesterday, but he was caught on the final climb of the day. However, his efforts did earn him the lead in the mountains classification. Trek Factory Racing took this picture of him with young riders classification leader Rafal Majka, who took it from Matthews yesterday.


  9. 172km remaining from 172km

    12:48:08 CEST

    The riders have rolled out in front of large crowds in Lugo and under blissfully sunny skies.

  10. 12:52:28 CEST

    Despite suffering heavily in yesterday's stage Michele Scarponi is still in the race, although his GC battle is over now.

  11. 12:54:18 CEST

    Here is a look at what the riders have to face today.


  12. 12:55:29 CEST

    You can also read our preview of today's stage right here

  13. 12:57:45 CEST

    The summit finish at Sestola could be a lot more difficult than everybody expects. It's has only been given category 2 status, but it is a grinding ascent at the bottom and many believe it should be given a higher categorisation. The riders will be given a little bit of respite as it flattens out towards the top.

  14. 162km remaining from 172km

    13:04:29 CEST

    The peloton have completed 10 kilometres and it is still gruppo compatto for now.

  15. 13:08:50 CEST

    Robert Kiserlovski finished second to Diego Ulissi in yesterday's stage. Cyclingnews spoke to him at the finish and you can watch the video here and don't forget to subscribe.

  16. 13:14:35 CEST

    We will have plenty more videos for you after today's stage and you'll be able to find them all in our Giro d'Italia play list. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss any of them.

  17. 13:20:07 CEST

    Cadel Evans currently holds a 57 second advantage over Rigoberto Uran in the general classification. Provided he can stick with his rivals, he should be safe in that jersey, but the tough finish gives the likes of Nairo Quintana a chance to take some time back on the Australian.

  18. 13:25:08 CEST

    Outside of the Giro d'Italia, Fabian Cancellara has decided to put his hour bid on hold after the UCI decided to change the rules regarding equipment. Over in California, however, Bradley Wiggins has signalled his intent to take on the challenge.

  19. 157km remaining from 172km

    13:26:25 CEST

    The pace is high in the peloton and an escape has not been able to form yet. They are all still together.

  20. 13:32:17 CEST

    This year is the first time that Sestola features as a finish town. However, it was a start town in 1971 with Marino Basso (no relation to Ivan) winning in Montova.

  21. 13:35:05 CEST

    Today's start town was a finish in the 1914 Giro d'Italia. Pierino Albini won on that day in a whopping time of 17 hours 45 minutes 47 seconds.

  22. 136km remaining from 172km

    13:39:33 CEST

    • Team Sky

    After 36km of racing we've had a lot of attacks, but the Sky-lead peloton is not letting any of them go. It's all still together at the moment.

  23. 13:46:48 CEST

    Katusha have had a terrible time at the Giro d'Italia this year. They are three men down and are out of contention in the general classification. Daniel Moreno is one of their best bests for victory and the Spaniard launched a late attack yesterday, but fell short. Despite losing out, Moreno remained upbeat about his performance.

  24. 13:49:06 CEST

    • Crash

    There has been a crash in the bunch and the peloton has split. No news as to who has been involved.

  25. 13:52:24 CEST

    • Trek Factory Racing

    Yesterday's second placed Robert Kiserlovski is one of the riders now in the second peloton, according to his Trek team.

  26. 13:55:34 CEST

    Sky still controlling the front of the peloton. They seem reluctant to let anyone go at the moment and we've still got no breakaway.

  27. 13:59:12 CEST

    • Break

    We finally have a breakaway forming, with 14 men in it.

  28. 116km remaining from 172km

    14:05:12 CEST

    The group of escapees have a gap of 1:16 on the peloton. The riders who have made it into the group are Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale), Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF), Marco Bandiera (Androni Giocatolli), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocatolli), David Tanner (Belkin), Oscar Gatto (Cannondale), Leonardo Duque (Colombia), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Jonathan Monsalve (Neri Sottoli), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Belisol), Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) and Davide Malacarne (Europcar).

  29. 14:07:46 CEST

    Both Julien Berard and Marco Bandiera were in yesterday's breakaway attempt. The teams not represented in that group are obviously those of the main GC contenders, who have other things to think about today.

  30. 110km remaining from 172km

    14:09:00 CEST

    The gap has ballooned out to 4:23, it looks like this will be our break for the day.

  31. 14:14:17 CEST

    There is little surprise that there is an Orica-GreenEdge rider in the breakaway today. With no pink jersey to worry about, all bets are off for the Australian team. Weening is a strong climber and could do well if the escapees can make it to the finish.

  32. 14:19:07 CEST

    Davide Malacarne is the best placed rider in the breakaway. He began the day 9:27 down on Cadel Evans this morning.

  33. 14:22:18 CEST

    Despite being part of the Colombia team, who are famed for their climbing abilities. Leonardo Duque is a sprinter and will struggle when the climbs come up in the second half of the stage.

  34. 14:24:13 CEST

    The average speed of the first hour of racing was a very quick 47kph, which is why the break took so long to form today.

  35. 96km remaining from 172km

    14:25:26 CEST

    After 76 kilometres of racing the gap back to the peloton is 5:30.

  36. 14:27:45 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Tinkoff-Saxo confirm that Christopher Juul-Jensen was one of the riders to come down in that crash earlier on. It's been a tough debut Giro d'Italia for the Danish rider, who has also been suffering with illness this week.

  37. 14:33:44 CEST

    Adam Hansen might not be in the break today, but he will be looking for stage victories later on in the race. Earlier this week, Cyclingnews spoke to Hansen. You can watch the video here and remember you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel right here.

  38. 14:40:59 CEST

    There are two riders in this lead group who have won stages of the Giro d'Italia before. Weening obviously won the opening team time trial in Belfast with his Orica-GreenEdge team. However, he also won a stage in the 2011 Giro d'Italia. Salvatore Puccio won the team time trial with Team Skylast season. Both have worn the maglia rosa two, Weening wore it for two days with Puccio wearing it for just one.

  39. 87km remaining from 172km

    14:42:39 CEST

    The escapees now have a gap of six minutes on the peloton.

  40. 14:44:59 CEST

    • Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo

    If the breakaway do manage to make it to the finish the favoured rider will be Jonathan Monsalve, the Venezuelan recently won the mountains classification at the Giro del Trentino.

  41. 14:46:46 CEST

    It seems like former maglia rosa Michael Matthews was involved in that big pile-up earlier on. Images show him missing a large chunk of his shorts and a bit of skin too.

  42. 80km remaining from 172km

    14:48:09 CEST

    The leaders have now passed the halfway point in the stage, as we approach the feed zone in Crespellano.

  43. 14:54:13 CEST

    This is the first stage the Matthews is not wearing the pink jersey and he's back to normal colours on his bike too. However, we got a chance to get up close and personal with his pink Scott Foil. You can watch the video here and you can subscribe to our YouTube channel here

  44. 74km remaining from 172km

    14:55:09 CEST

    As the peloton now make their way through the feed zone, lead by BMC's Daniel Oss, the gap has extended to 7:14.

  45. 14:56:46 CEST

    • Movistar

    Francisco Ventoso swerves out of the peloton and climbs off his bike to fix his shoe on the side of his road. The pace isn't too high in the peloton, so he hasn't lost too much time.

  46. 14:59:57 CEST

    A reminder of what the riders face today with the profile of stage 9:


    Stage 9 Giro d'Italia

  47. 70km remaining from 172km

    15:01:29 CEST

    The riders will hit the first climb of the day Sant'Antonio in around 9 kilometers. The intermediate sprint comes just after they crest the climb.

  48. 15:02:59 CEST

    • BMC Racing

    BMC are managing things on in the peloton with Daniel Oss sitting on the front. They have allowed the advantage to grow to 8 minutes now.

  49. 15:05:58 CEST

    This is Evans' fourth Giro d'Italia and it is the third time he has worn the maglia rosa. He became the first Australian to wear the jersey in 2002, holding onto it for two days. He also wore it in 2010 for a day, before going onto winning the points and climber's jerseys. Evans' best finish at the Giro d'Italia was his third place last season.

  50. 15:07:43 CEST

    Nobody in this break are a threat to Evans in his pink jersey, will BMC be happy to let them stay away to the finish?

  51. 15:14:41 CEST

    Some may think that taking the pink jersey on stage 8 is too early for Evans, but the Australian doesn't think so. “There’s still a long way to go, but I got some seconds today [on my rivals] and I’m very pleased to have the lead,” he said.

    You can read the full article here

  52. 61km remaining from 172km

    15:15:18 CEST

    The break are climbing now and we're into the crucial part of this stage.

  53. 15:20:18 CEST

    The 14 men out front still hold a gap of 7:50 and the peloton seem happy at this pace. A reminder of the men in this break. Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale), Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF), Marco Bandiera (Androni Giocatolli), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni Giocatolli), David Tanner (Belkin), Oscar Gatto (Cannondale), Leonardo Duque (Colombia), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Jonathan Monsalve (Neri Sottoli), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Belisol), Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky), Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) and Davide Malacarne (Europcar).

  54. 15:21:35 CEST

    Three men in this group were in the break yesterday, Bandiera, Berard and Vorganov.

  55. 15:24:52 CEST

    There are a few sprinters in this leading group, including Gatto, Tanner and Duque, who will be interested in this intermediate sprint at the top of the climb. We can expect to see them dropping back not too long after that.

  56. 15:28:31 CEST

    • Bardiani

    Bongiorno has to drop out of the peloton to get a quick adjustment on his saddle on the move.

  57. 54.7km remaining from 172km

    15:31:19 CEST

    The gap has come down a little bit, but the peloton don't seem too interested in catching them. It now stands at 7 minutes.

  58. 15:33:18 CEST

    As the peloton climbs we can see some riders turggling already. Steven Kruijswijk is on the back again, suffering with a broken shoulder.

  59. 15:35:37 CEST

    This climb shouldn't trouble too many, however, nor should the following fourth category ascent of Rocchetta Sandri. So we can expect the peloton to come to the final climb relatively intact.

  60. 51km remaining from 172km

    15:38:18 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Garmin-Sharp have amassed on the front with BMC, Movistar and Tinkoff-Saxo behind them. They missed out on the break today and need to shut this down if they hope to have a chance at victory today.

  61. 15:40:44 CEST

    Ryder Hesjedal is probably Garmin's best shot at victory today. The Canadian is sitting near the back of the Garmin train. It looks like they've put  their whole team on the front, but the gap isn't coming down as quickly as they would like.

  62. 15:43:15 CEST

    Vorganov attacks from the peloton for the KOM points but it's Monsalve who flys right by him to take the points.

  63. 15:45:06 CEST

    Monsalve, Vorganov and Malacarne miss a turning on the descent and have to make a quick change of direction. They are with the escape group and haven't lost any time.

  64. 15:46:32 CEST

    There are a number of teams coming to the front of the peloton. BMC, Astana, Trek and Lampre spread out on the road. Cadel Evans is on the back coming trough the cars.

  65. 45km remaining from 172km

    15:47:22 CEST

    The pace was high and the gap was coming down, but they seem to have knocked it off as Evans makes his way back. The gap to the escapees is now 6:16

  66. 15:48:05 CEST

    Davide Malacarne has attacked on the descent. He is quickly brought back into the group. We have 1 kilometre until the intermediate sprint.

  67. 15:49:46 CEST

    Bandiera goes off the front and takes the points in the intermediate sprint.

  68. 15:52:14 CEST

    Garmin rider Nathan Haas is riding his second Giro d'Italia this year. He's had a busy race, crashing on the first two stages and then going on the attack in stage 7. However, he took some time to talk to us about his bike. You can watch the video here, and don't forget to subscribe.

  69. 15:57:14 CEST

    Michael Matthews has been dropped by the peloton. He took a heavy fall earlier on in the race, in a multi-rider pile-up that split the peloton. He's mising quite a lot of his shorts and skin on his right leg.

  70. 37km remaining from 172km

    15:59:25 CEST

    The peloton have decided to up the pace finally, and have brought the gap down to 5:47. However, it's looking ever more likely that the winner will come from the escape group today. No team sees too interested in catching them.

  71. 16:01:02 CEST

    Away from the Giro d'Italia for a moment, Brad White took victory in the Wilmington Grand Prix. You can get the full results and report here.

  72. 33km remaining from 172km

    16:04:43 CEST

    BMC have put the hammer down and have sliced the gap down to 4:50. Perhaps we will see a catch after all.

  73. 16:05:41 CEST

    Steven Kruijswijk has abandoned the race. He's been riding with a fractured shoulder since the crash in Cassino on stage 6.

  74. 16:07:02 CEST

    Evans is currently second man on the road. BMC are really pushing it on this descent, making the most of Evans' skills on the descent. The peloton is strung out behind them.

  75. 16:08:19 CEST

    This is the final climb today to Sestola, as we said earlier, it's much harder than the second category status would have us believe. The bottom part of a grinding climb that will cause some big gaps before the road flattens out a little bit.


  76. 16:09:33 CEST

    The escapees advantage isn't coming down quite as quckly now. It has levelled out at around 4:45 for the last couple of kilometres. They peloton is still flying down this descent.

  77. 16:10:41 CEST

    We brought you the news that Kruijswijk had abandoned today. Here is what the Belkin rider had to say of his decision. "I'm still in pain after the crash in stage 6. My shoulder and ribs hurt to much."

  78. 16:12:29 CEST

    The escapees are still all together as they ride up the second climb of the day. However, that's unlikely to last once we hit the final climb in around 5 kilomtres time.

  79. 27km remaining from 172km

    16:13:47 CEST

    The rapid pace on the descent has trimmed the peloton down significantly, but there is a group chasing back on behind them

  80. 16:15:11 CEST

    • Astana

    Fabio Aru, the new GC contender for Astana, has a mechanical problem and has to take a wheel from his teammate. He is now chasing back on.

  81. 16:15:51 CEST

    Aru has four teammates with him, trying to bring him back to the peloton as Nathan Haas and Ryder Hesjedal take to the front.

  82. 16:16:57 CEST

    With 26km remaining, the gap to the escapees is 4:07. This is going to be a tight finish.

  83. 16:17:47 CEST

    David Tanner attacks from the breakaway group.

  84. 16:18:50 CEST

    Aru makes it back to the peloton along with his teammates. However he seems to have lost one along the way and only has thrree with him.

  85. 24km remaining from 172km

    16:19:48 CEST

    Haas still riding on the front of the peloton and he is brining the gap down at a rapid rate. It is now 3:36

  86. 16:20:48 CEST

    Aru getting a quick adjustment of his brakes after that wheel change. They are passing plenty of riders, who are being shelled out of the peloton.

  87. 16:22:16 CEST

    This second climb really kicks up at the top and Tanner has to get out of the saddle. He can see the KOM line now.

  88. 16:23:14 CEST

    Tanner takes full points at the top of the climb, but he only has a 5 second advantage over the chasers.

  89. 16:24:09 CEST

    As someone more suited to sprinting, Tanner is unlikely to stay out front for too much longer.

  90. 16:25:26 CEST

    • Europcar

    Europcar are now on the front. Rolland is sat in second position in the peloton. He came so close to victory yesterday, but was passed with less than 500 metres to go. We can expect him to make another move today.

  91. 16:26:34 CEST

    The peloton pass through the KOM 3:19 down on the escapees. It's going to be a close call for these 14 men out front.

  92. 16:26:59 CEST

    If the break do make it, Monsalve has to be the favourite to take it.

  93. 16:27:42 CEST

    Tanner has been brought back by the chasers and they are all together at the front.

  94. 16:28:25 CEST

    Weening attacks

  95. 16:29:14 CEST

    Weening was near the back of the group and caught his break companions by surprise. He immediately gets a good gap.

  96. 16:30:06 CEST

    The other escapees haven't managed to mount a chase yet and they are all looking at each other.

  97. 16:32:05 CEST

    Weening has a close call with a race motorbike, who cuts very closely to the Orica-GreenEdge rider. He isn't too disrupted by the incident though.

  98. 16:33:03 CEST

    The escape group is breaking up. Davide Malacarne has set off in chase of Weening with Van Der Sande, Barbin, Duque and Rodriguez behind him.

  99. 16km remaining from 172km

    16:33:55 CEST

    Weenging looks like he is labouring and the gap is now tubling once again. It's all uphil from here.

  100. 16:34:51 CEST

    Cyclingnews drove up the climb earlier today and there are a lot of fans out, especially at the most difficult section.

  101. 15km remaining from 172km

    16:35:17 CEST

    Malacarne catches Weening and the pair join forces

  102. 16:35:48 CEST

    Bandiera is the first of the escapees to be caught by the peloton.

  103. 16:36:27 CEST

    Van Der Sande attacks fromt he chasing group and is followed by Berard. Duque is trying to join them.

  104. 14km remaining from 172km

    16:37:23 CEST

    The gap to the peloton has gone up once again and favour is swinging in the direction of the escapees.

  105. 16:40:08 CEST

    There is a lot of action going on in the first chasing group Berard and Rodriguez have both made jumps out of the group.

  106. 16:40:43 CEST

    It is still all to play for, for the men out front. Weening and Malacarne hold a small advantage.

  107. 12km remaining from 172km

    16:41:52 CEST

    Actually Malacarne and Weening have done a fairly good job at distancing the chasers. They've got an advantage of 35 seconds.

  108. 16:45:09 CEST

    We will have video from today's stage later this evening, if you don't want to miss any of it make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel right here

  109. 10km remaining from 172km

    16:46:56 CEST

    The two leaders are working perfectly together. They've managed to build up and advantage of 1:12. However, the hardest stuff is still to come.

  110. 16:49:17 CEST

    Once we pass through the town of Sestola, where much of the fans are, the road kicks up to its maximum of 13%. That will be the sternest test for the two leaders, who now lead by 1:27

  111. 8km remaining from 172km

    16:51:19 CEST

    The two leaders are going through Sestola now, holding an advantage of 1:30 at the moment.

  112. 16:52:35 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Back in the peloton, TInkoff-Saxo have taken up the pace setting. They've got Rafal Majka in the young rider's classification jersey.

  113. 16:54:51 CEST

    Weenging and Malacarne are increasing their lead to 1:40. With just under 7km to go, they can almost smell victory.

  114. 16:56:08 CEST

    Crash in the pelotn. Colombian champion Rubiano is down as it Gorka Izagirre, who looks like he's in a lot of pain.

  115. 16:56:37 CEST

    It looks like Izagirre has hurt his ankle, but we'll have to wait and see.

  116. 16:57:11 CEST

    The Movistar rider tentatively gets back on his bike, but he's not going at any great speed.

  117. 16:57:21 CEST

    Alexander Geniz attacks

  118. 16:57:52 CEST

    Tinkoff-Saxo are trying to chase down Geniez, who isn't getting too much ground on the peloton.

  119. 16:58:22 CEST

    Up front Barbin has dropped his compatriots as he chases down the two leaders.

  120. 16:59:49 CEST

    Geniez is still pursuing his attack. The FDJ team missed out on the break, but this seems like it could be too little too late.

  121. 17:00:57 CEST

    Vuillermoz has attacked the peloton now. He did a lot of work for Pozzovivo yesterday. The two Frenchmen pass Van Der Sande.

  122. 17:01:46 CEST

    Weening and Malacarne are having a few cross words between themselves. Weening doesn't seem happy with the amount of work Malacarne is doing.

  123. 17:02:37 CEST

    Vuillermoz has dropped Geniez now and is on his own.

  124. 4.7km remaining from 172km

    17:03:14 CEST

    The peloton are closing it down now. The two leaders now only have 2:30 on the main group and it continues to fall

  125. 17:03:49 CEST

    Barbin is now 1:46 behind the two leaders. It's still a large gap to try and bridge.

  126. 17:05:24 CEST

    Pozzovivo attacks

  127. 17:05:58 CEST

    The Italian has passed and dropped Vuillermoz

  128. 17:06:29 CEST

    Uran sets off in chase, he is followed by Evans, Majka, Kiserlovski, Keldermann and Quintana

  129. 3.3km remaining from 172km

    17:07:07 CEST

    Bsso has made it into this group of favourites.

  130. 17:07:53 CEST

    Pozzovivo has now passed Berard who has been in the break all day. He now has Duque and Monsalve on his wheel. This is a great move by the Italian and his team.

  131. 2.6km remaining from 172km

    17:08:47 CEST

    Pozzovivo can see Barbin up the road now.

  132. 17:09:17 CEST

    Pozzovivo is 31 seconds ahead of Evans and 2:01 behind the leaders

  133. 17:10:18 CEST

    Pozzovivo started the day 1:50 behind Evans. He probably won't take pink today, but this is great for later in the race.

  134. 1.7km remaining from 172km

    17:11:02 CEST

    Uran is leading the chase of Pozzovivo but they're around 35 seconds back on the Italian, who is now with Barbin.

  135. 1.1km remaining from 172km

    17:12:12 CEST

    It's now Poels on the front of the main group. Which has swelled in ranks as they bring back some of the escapees.

  136. 17:12:38 CEST

    Malacarne and Weening have gone under the flamme rouge.

  137. 17:13:17 CEST

    They're now almost coming to a standstill as they look at each other.

  138. 17:13:32 CEST

    Pozzovivo is under the flamme rouge

  139. 17:14:12 CEST

    Malacarne leads the sprint

  140. 17:14:24 CEST

    Weening wins stage 9

  141. 17:15:05 CEST

    Pozzovivo takes third and the bonus seconds, let's wait for the time gaps.

  142. 17:16:00 CEST

    The group of favourites cross the line 1:07 back on the winners. That looks like Pozzovivo has gained 27 seconds and then the bonus seconds to boot.

  143. 17:17:01 CEST

    This has been a great race for Orica-GreenEdge. This is their third stage win and they also held the pink jersey for the first 8 stages.

  144. 17:18:36 CEST

    It was a great effort by Weening to out-sprint Malacarne. This is his second individual victory at the race, after taking victory on stage 5 in 2011.

  145. 17:19:00 CEST

    Here is the top 10 for today's stage


    1 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge 4:25:51
    2 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
    3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:40
    4 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:08
    5 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
    6 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky
    9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
    10 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia

  146. 17:19:49 CEST

    Pozzovivo has moved himself into fourth place, 1:20 down on Evans, who still leads the race.

  147. 17:22:58 CEST

    Weening obviously a happy man at the finish here is whatr he has to say:

    "Actually the guys weren't working perfect in the group and it went slightly uphill. At the roundabout I saw everybody going to wrong way around and I thoguht that was the moment. normally you wait for the climb but this climb is not so steep to attack, so I thought I would attack before the climb.

    "Malacarne came back and he was really strong. It was really steep and I thought I would accellerate, but I couldn't drop him. I heard that we had enough time to the other guys so I knew we could gamble a little bit and I was stronger int he sprint."

  148. 17:23:34 CEST

    Here is how the general classification looks after that stage


    1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    5 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
    6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    9 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
    10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing

  149. 17:25:04 CEST

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  150. 17:25:56 CEST

    Tomorrow is the second rest day for the the riders with a sprint stage on the menu for the riders on Tuesday

  151. 17:26:31 CEST

    That's all from stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia, but join us later for live coverage of the final stage of the Tour of California.