Blockhaus renders harsh verdict but Giro d'Italia picture remains unclear

Bardet, Carapaz, and Landa emerged as the strongest riders on Blockhaus (Image credit: Getty Images)

Simon Yates needed a few moments to compose himself after reaching the top of the Blockhaus over 11 minutes down on stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia, adding another wing to the house of pain he has built at this race. He sat against a barrier past the finish line, while a scrum of cameras and microphones formed loosely around him.

A week ago in Budapest, Yates looked the favourite to win the Giro after his confident victory in the time trial over the Danube, but a lot of water had passed under the bridge since. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.