Kelderman: I didn't have the pink jersey in mind today at the Giro d'Italia

ROCCARASO ITALY OCTOBER 11 Arrival Wilco Kelderman of The Netherlands and Team Sunweb Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark and Astana Pro Team during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 9 a 207km stage from San Salvo to Roccaraso Aremogna 1658m girodiitalia Giro on October 11 2020 in Roccaraso Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Wilco Kelderman finishes with Jakob Fuglsang on stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) picked up 14 seconds on Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and four more on the maglia rosa when he accelerated 400m from the summit of Aremogna above Roccaraso, but in the grand scheme of this Giro d'Italia, the handful of seconds won surely mean less than the confidence gained.

The Giro faced some 4,500m of total climbing on a sodden day in the Apennines on stage 9, and although a sizeable group was still intact at the base of the final ascent, the conditions eventually took their toll on the last haul towards the summit. Only Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Sunweb teammate Jai Hindley could stay with Kelderman all the way to the line, while the pink jersey group fragmented behind them.

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