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2020 Giro d'Italia stage 9

The profile of stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: RCS Sport)

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the ninth stage of the Giro, which runs 208km from San Salvo to the summit finish at Roccaraso

It's an early one today – the stage is set to start in 20 minutes.

After several days for the sprint and breakaway, the attention turns back to the GC contenders today with the second summit finish of the race. Over 4,000 metres of vertical gain await the peloton as they head through Abruzzo from San Salvo to the ski resort at Roccaraso.

Yesterday Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) took an emotional victory from the breakaway. You can read the stage report here and our news story about the Briton and his uncertain future here.

Alasdair Fotheringham, one of our men on the ground in Italy, wrote a preview of today's stage, pointing out that time gaps likely won't be large without hard racing beforehand.

A couple of the stars of the Giro so far head to sign in today. Race leader João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and double stage winner Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), who also leads the mountain classification.

It's a big day of racing today, with the mens' and women's Gent-Wevelgem also taking place, as well as Paris-Tours and the Superprestige cyclo-cross race in Gieten.

Meanwhile, back to Italy and the peloton has set off to start the stage.

Rudy Barbier (Israel Start-Up Nation) is the only non-starter today. The Frenchman has been suffering from stomach problems.

Rain at the start in San Salvo.

Difficulties on today's stage include the Passo Lanciano (also known as Blockhaus), the race's seventh visit, the second-category Passo San Leonardo and Bosco di Sant'Antonio before the final climb up to Roccaraso (9.6km at 4.4 per cent) and a further kick to the line afterwards.

201km to go

Blue jersey Filippo Ganna tried to make a move but he was brought back.

He's not the only man trying to get away, of course. Plenty of riders are attempting to instigate the break of the day but no luck so far.

Ganna is still trying. With four classified climbs on today's stage, there are 116 KOM points up for grabs, so his jersey will be under threat later on.

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178km to go

Pavel Kochetkov (CCC Team) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) have lost ground and are currently three minutes down on the peloton. It looks like they'll have a tough day ahead of them.

Still no breakaway after 36km of racing. The road doesn't really start going up for another 30km, so there might be a while of this.

167km to go

There's still no breakaway after 50km of racing. It has been a fast first hour or so along the flat roads early on the stage.

Vincenzo Nibali a familiar constant in a Giro d'Italia full of variables

That was a first hour raced at 50.7kph. Still no breakaway, though.

A small group including past breakaway men Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal) tried to get away but were brought back by Movistar.

The riders are approaching more rolling roads en route to the Passo Lanciano now. The town of Guardiagrele – of the brutally steep muro used in the 2014 Tirreno-Adriatico – is next up on the route. 

141km to go

More riders are on the move now. Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling), Eduardo Sepulveda (Movistar), Ben O'Connor (NTT Pro Cycling) and Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers) have 20 seconds on the peloton.

Movistar clearly want to do something today. They've been active on the front and have been throwing riders into various attacks.

133km to go

That group looks like our break of the day. They're two minutes up on the peloton now. They're approaching the climb of the Passo Lanciano where surely we'll see some more riders attempt to get away on the lower slopes.

Larry Warbasse (AG2R La Mondiale), Giovanni Visconti (Vini Zabù-Brado-KTM) and Kilian Frankiny (Groupama-FDJ) are chasing the leaders.

118km to go

The riders are climbing the Passo Lanciano now. More attacks from the peloton, including Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates).

5:45 for the breakaway now. It's the first time in the break for each of these men, bar Visconti. The Italian was in the break of the day on stage 3 to Mount Etna.

Incidentally, today is the first road stage that has seen Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec miss the break. The Italian squad have sent Mattia Bais, Jhonathan Restrepo, Josip Rumac, Simon Pellaud and Simone Ravanelli into moves on each day so far.

110km to go

Seven minutes for the break now as they close in on the top of the climb. Visconti will surely go for this – he's best-placed in the KOM classification at 18 points and there's 40 points up for grabs at the top.

And Visconti duly wins the sprint. He's the new mountain classification leader after beating Guerreiro and Castroviejo to the line.

102km to go

Trek-Segafredo lead the peloton with Jacopo Mosca, Giulio Ciccone and Vincenzo Nibali.

A look at the break of the day before Visconti, Frankiny and Warbasse made it across.

The gap has come down slightly on the descent to 5:50 as Deceuninck-QuickStep and Trek-Segafredo continue to lead the way.

89km to go

Feeding time for the riders now as the pass through the village of Scafa.

Jumbo-Visma are also working at the front of the peloton at the moment.

A nice arty shot of the peloton riding through a forest because why not..

82km to go

Tim Declercq is in a familiar spot – the Belgian is working at the head of the peloton for race leader João Almeida.

Lotto Soudal rider Tim Wellens triumphed from the break when Roccaraso last hosted a Giro stage finish back in 2016. You can read the report of that day here.

71km to go

The heavens have opened in Abruzzo. Miserable conditions for the riders on the climb.

Things are kicking off in Gent-Wevelgem inside the final 70km.

Seven minutes for the breakaway now 8km from the top of the climb. The situation is only improving for the group.

18-8-6-4-2-1 points on offer at the top of the Passo San Leonardo, remember. Visconti will be eyeing them up as he looks to bolster his KOM lead. 

Nobody is in any trouble in the break yet. It's a long climb but not a particularly steep one. The group are losing some time – down to 6:15 on the peloton now – but they're still working well together.

There's 10km to go in Paris-Tours and it's been an exciting race. We'll have a report from that race soon after the finish.

Final kilometre of the climb for the breakaway. Who will take the points at the top?

53km to go

76 mountain classification points for Visconti now ahead of Ganna's 41 and Jonathan Caicedo's 40.

The peloton cross the summit 4:35 after the break. Deceuninck-QuickStep, Trek-Segafredo and Astana lead the way.

The gap is falling away now. Four minutes for the break on the descent, which is up and down rather than a quick and steep one.

Unless the peloton slows down the chances for the break don't look too great anymore. They've just tackled a rise in the road and are back descending again. 

37km to go

Bjerg makes a strong move at the base of the climb. Castroviejo chases and gets back to his wheel.

Visconti is in trouble at the back. Warbasse and Frankiny are with Bjerg and Castroviejo now.

Deceuninck-QuickStep are massed at the front of the peloton, 4:20 back. It looked calm for a moment there, but Trek-Segafredo have suddenly mobbed the front. An ominous sign for the break and Vincenzo Nibali's rivals?

Trek-Segafredo's move has shattered the peloton. Riders are being spat out of the back left, right and centre as the pace goes up.

Guerreiro has made it up to the leaders now. Five men up front.

30km to go

Trek-Segafredo have taken 35 seconds off the break's advantage since taking to the front. It's down to 3:45 now.

No challenge for the KOM points at the top of the climb. Guerreiro leads Castroviejo and the rest of the group over the top.

23km to go

And the gap goes back up to 3:35. The five breakaway riders are working together and now their situation looks pretty good with 20km to go.

There are maybe 50 riders in the peloton at the moment. More climbing to come.

Rolling roads for the break now as they ride towards the final climb of the day.

15km to go

The gap has gone up to four minutes since Trek-Segafredo left the front of the peloton.

Here's a look at the finale. The break are at the bottom of this right now.

9km to go

3:30 between break and peloton, by the way. The five men up front are certain to contest the victory.

Horrible weather conditions here. Most of the riders have their full wet weather gear on now. Nibali is in summer kit though, ready to go.

Antonio Nibali takes to the front of the peloton for his brother. Bahrarin, UAE, Bora are all present towards the front.

Maglia rosa João Almeida looks comfortable towards the front of the peloton at the moment. All the big names are still up there.

6km to go

Antonio Nibali peels off the front and Deceuninck-QuickStep take it up again.

5km to go

Tao Geoghegan Hart and Lucas Hamilton are the Ineos and Mitchelton-Scott men who jumped away from the peloton two kilometres ago.

15 seconds between the two leaders and the rest of the break. 2:40 back to the peloton. Geoghegan Hart and Hamilton are 20 seconds up on the peloton.

2km to go

Guerreiro and Castroviejo are only taking time on the chasers. They should contest the finish now. 40 seconds up.

1.5km to go

1km to go

Guerreiro is right with him. The pair ride on, 40 seconds ahead of the chasers.

500m to go

Geoghegan Hart and Hamilton still 30 seconds up on the peloton.

The leaders are grinding up to the finish. Castroviejo still on the front...

A brutal finish. Castroviejo pushes on but Guerreiro passes him and eventually dispatches him in the final hundred metres.

It looked like Guerreiro was struggling too, but he just kept grinding up and Castroviejo had no answer.

Kelderman and Fuglsang push on in the peloton.

Nibali didn't look good at all on those steep slopes. A gain for several of his rivals. Almeida and Kruijswijk finished behind him though.

Kelderman and Fuglsang together. Majka lost 3 seconds, Pozzovivo lost 6, Nibali lost 14, Almeida lost 18, Kruijswijk lost 21.

Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling) celebrates his win on stage 9.

Guerreiro now leads the mountain classification. Today he took 18 points apiece on the Passo Lanciano and Bosco di Sant'Antonio, 8 points at the Passo San Leonardo, and 40 at Roccaraso. He's on 84 points now, 8 points up on Visconti in second place.

It's the first Giro stage win for Portugal since Acácio Da Silva back in 1989. He won five stages across five years for Malvor, Kas and Carrera Jeans. 

Guerreiro celebrates his victory

Here's our stage 9 report, with a full photo gallery and brief results.

Here's what Guerreiro had to say after the finish.

A few other major races on today – Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Tours. Click through to read our race reports.

And here's our report on the women's Gent-Wevelgem.

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