Giro d'Italia: Roglic wins Chianti time trial

Primoz Roglic (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) took a surprise win in the Giro d’Italia stage 9 time trial after a heavy rain shower hampered the chances of the overall contenders.

Roglic, who finished second in the opening time trial, was the 42nd rider to start the undulating 40-kilometre course and used his speed - as well as the dry roads – to set the fastest time of 45:29.

Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) pulled off another superb ride, saving his maglia rosa at the death, and holding a one second lead into the rest-day over his young teammate Bob Jungels.

Although the race lead remained on Brambilla’s shoulders the most established GC contenders had varying degrees of success and failure in the race of truth. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) may have finished ahead of his principle rivals but he was only able to put 11 seconds into Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and seven into Mikel Landa (Team Sky), who both rode consistently through the Italian countryside. So too did Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo), who finished three seconds behind Landa.

Rafa Majka lost 43 seconds to Nibali in the fight for pink but he came through relatively unscathed. Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEdge) rode above himself but still lost closer to two minutes.

Worse was to come for Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) who started the day with a strong chance of taking the race lead. He looked on course for at least a strong ride until a crash midway through the stage. He changed bikes soon after but fell again inside the final kilometre, his GC ambitions severely dented on day in which he was expected to shine.

Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) arguably had the worst day of all. The Colombian had been a major force in time trials of this nature for the last few years but he consistently lost time and crumbled completely after a crash, finishing four minutes off the lead and nearly two minutes down on Nibali.

Brambilla leads Jungels by just one second with Andrey Amador (Movistar) in third at 32 seconds. Kruijswijk is fourth at 51 seconds and leads Nibali and Valverde by two and four seconds respectively.

Tom Dumoulin (Giant Alpecin) who threatened to run away with the Giro a few days ago had another forgettable performance but his time trialing skills were enough to move him back into the top 10, from 11th to seventh. Landa sits in 8th at 1:18 with Majka and Jakob Fuglsang completing the top 10 overall. Uran, Zakarin and Chaves all dropped out of the top 10.

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How it unfolded

After the early skirmishes of the first week the 40 kilometre time trial provided a major test for the riders aiming for the GC. When the race route was unveiled last year Nibali, Uran and Valverde would have pinpointed the importance of today’s stage but like every Giro d’Italia there were far more angles and plotlines and characters who would play a part in this ever changing show.

Fabian Cancellara (Trek Segafredo), riding in his final Giro was aiming to win a stage, while Tom Dumoulin was looking resurrect his Giro ambitions – in the time trials at least – after a surprise capitulation on stage 8. However it was the weather that ultimately played the biggest role on stage 9.

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The dry roads saw Roglic confirm his newfound talent at time trialing with a consistent, rapid display over a course that tested riders precision and expertise as well as their brute strength.

He was seventh at the first time check, with Amador starting the strongest. By that point, only 11.6km in Majka has lost 50 seconds and Uran over a minute, while Nibali, Landa and Valverde were all within ten seconds of each other.

At the second split Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) who would ultimately finish second on the stage, posted the fastest time as further down the time gaps began to grow as the weather worsened for the late starters.

Dumoulin and Zakarin were within five seconds of each other, as Valverde opened up a brief gap on Nibali and Landa. Jungels continued to impress and was only 16 seconds off the stage lead.

At the third check, positioned at the top of the last climb and before the sweeping descent Roglic had moved back into the lead. Cancellara was not quite on the level required but for Zakarin and Uran the picture was even bleaker – both of them around three minutes down with almost ten kilometres still to go.

Zarakin’s first crash was not picked up by the television cameras, but his resulting bike change certainly was. He was already limping to the line when, on one of the final bends, he slid out, and came down for a second time.

Through all this the one man who remained the calmest was Brambilla. He finished 17th and ahead of Nibali and only seven seconds down on Dumoulin to keep his fairytale Giro d’Italia alive for at least one more stage.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:51:45
2Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:10
3Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling0:00:17
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:00:28
5Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:30
6Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:45
7Stefan Kueng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:58
8Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:08
9Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:16
10Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:01:19
11Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team0:01:31
12Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:38
13Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:47
14Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:01:56
15Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:58
16Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:03
17Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:05
18Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:12
19Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:13
20Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky0:02:20
21Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:02:23
22Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:24
23Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 22 - Cell 2
24Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:25
25Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:02:33
26Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:41
27Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:44
28Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:47
30Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:52
31Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:02:56
32Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 31 - Cell 2
33Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo0:02:58
34Alexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:02:59
35Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 34 - Cell 2
36Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:03:02
37Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:03
38Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:11
39Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:13
40Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:03:18
41Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:03:19
42Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:21
43Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:03:25
44Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:29
45Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:03:32
46Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:38
47Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJRow 46 - Cell 2
48Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:39
49Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:03:40
50Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:03:41
51Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:48
52Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:49
53Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:03:51
54Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:53
56Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:54
57Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:55
58Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:04:00
59Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:04:04
60Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data0:04:07
61Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:04:09
62Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:10
64Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:04:12
65Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:16
66Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:04:18
67Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:19
68Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:22
69Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ0:04:24
70Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:04:25
71Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:29
72Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling0:04:31
73Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:32
74Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 73 - Cell 2
75Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:34
76Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data0:04:35
77Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 76 - Cell 2
78Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:04:38
79Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:04:39
80Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:43
81Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:04:45
82José Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:48
84Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:49
85Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ0:04:51
86Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:04:53
88Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:57
89Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:59
90Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 89 - Cell 2
91Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:05:07
92Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:05:09
93Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data0:05:14
94Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:05:16
95Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:19
96Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:05:20
97Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:05:22
99Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:05:24
100Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 99 - Cell 2
101Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:05:26
102Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:05:27
103Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team0:05:29
104Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:05:31
105Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ0:05:32
106Rein Taaramae (Est) Team KatushaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:33
109Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:34
110Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:37
111Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:05:38
112Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:43
113Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:05:44
114Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin0:05:45
115Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:47
116Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:48
117Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 117 - Cell 2
119Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:50
120Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJRow 119 - Cell 2
121Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:53
122Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:05:55
123Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:05:59
124Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - Merida0:06:04
126Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:06:05
127Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:06:09
128Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:06:10
129Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team0:06:13
130Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:06:15
132Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:16
133Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:06:17
134Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data0:06:20
135Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:06:21
136Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:06:22
137Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:06:26
138Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:06:28
139Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJRow 138 - Cell 2
140Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:06:29
141Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida0:06:36
142Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 141 - Cell 2
143Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 142 - Cell 2
144Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team0:06:37
145Songezo Jim (RSA) Dimension Data0:06:38
146Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:39
147Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:43
148Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:06:46
149Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 148 - Cell 2
150Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:06:48
151Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:06:49
152Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:50
153Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:06:51
154Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:06:54
155Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:06:55
156Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:56
157Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 156 - Cell 2
158André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:07:01
159Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:04
160Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha0:07:08
161Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:07:10
162Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:07:11
163Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:07:14
164Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:16
165Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:17
166Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 165 - Cell 2
167Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 166 - Cell 2
168Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:07:20
169Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 168 - Cell 2
170Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:07:26
171Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:07:27
172Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:07:33
173Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ0:07:41
174Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha0:07:46
175Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:07:49
176Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge0:07:50
177Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:07:52
178Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:07:57
179Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:00
180Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:08:01
181Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:08:07
182David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky0:08:29
183Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 182 - Cell 2
184Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin0:09:02
185Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:09:10
186Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling0:09:26
DNSMarcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 186 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo15pts
2Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Stefan Kueng (Swi) BMC Racing Team4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo6pts
2Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step1Row 5 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team LottoNl-Jumbo2:37:39
2IAM Cycling0:00:36
3Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:13
4Movistar Team0:03:15
5Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:10
7Team Katusha0:04:38
8AG2R La Mondiale0:06:04
9Tinkoff Team0:06:12
10Astana Pro Team0:06:13
12Team Sky0:07:15
14Lotto Soudal0:08:18
15BMC Racing Team0:08:23
17Lampre - Merida0:10:10
18Bardiani CSF0:10:39
19Dimension Data0:11:32
20Cannondale Pro Cycling0:11:59
21Nippo - Vini Fantini0:12:00
22Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:12:03
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Team points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Team LottoNl-Jumbo65pts
2IAM Cycling60Row 1 - Cell 3
3Trek-Segafredo18Row 2 - Cell 3
4Etixx - Quick-Step15Row 3 - Cell 3
5Team Katusha14Row 4 - Cell 3
6BMC Racing Team10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Movistar Team8Row 6 - Cell 3