Giro d'Italia: Roglic wins stage 9 as Yates loses major time

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) won stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia in San Marino, his second stage victory of the race. The Slovenian finished the individual time trial in 51:52, beating Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) by 11 seconds over the 34.8km course, while Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was third, a minute back.

It was another dismal day in Italy, with rain pouring all day at the start, and later finishers doused by a hellish rainstorm on the climb, which only got worse as time passed by.

Roglič and Campenaerts managed the weather just fine though, and were the only men to break a 40kph average speed. The former pink jersey holder set the fastest time up the climb to the finish to overhaul the Hour Record holder, who had suffered a mechanical 1.5km from the line.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was best of the rest among the GC men, finishing fourth, 1:05 down. Meanwhile, on a day which saw only 12 riders finish within two minutes of the winner, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had a nightmare, losing over two minutes on the climb and shedding 3:11 to Roglič by the finish.

Mikel Landa (Movistar) finished slightly faster than Yates, his time of 54:55 good for for only a top 30 placing. Miguel Ángel López (Astana) was another rider to disappoint; after his impressive outing in Bologna, he ended up outside the top 40 with a time of 55:37.

Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) held on to the pink jersey, finishing 3:34 behind Roglič. As a result, his advantage over Giro favourite Roglič falls from 5:24 to 1:50.

“It was again a nice time trial for me. I did my best so I’m happy with it,” Roglič said after the stage. “It was just different – [Campenaerts] had really dry conditions and I had rain so I couldn’t take any risks in the corner. Then I went all-out in the end.

“I went really slow in the corners in the beginning but otherwise then on the flat and on the climb [the weather] it didn’t matter so much.

“We’ll see at the end [who is still in the mix]. It’s still a long way to go, a lot of kilometres, a lot of mountains, so it’s always nice to have some seconds in your advantage and be focussing on the days to come.”

How it unfolded

The 34.8-kilometre time trial between Riccione and the microstate of San Marino would be the first major GC flashpoint since the first day, and another chance to gauge how the big names are faring, almost midway through the race.

Beginning with a ride inland and 22 kilometres of flat roads, it was the 12.8-kilometre climb to the finish that would provide the most interesting challenge. Nominally a 4.5 per cent climb, the rhythm-altering false flats and descents camouflaged an average of almost 7 per cent on the uphill sections. Yet more rain would make the challenge even tougher.

As expected, the early starters weren’t pulling up any trees on the wet roads, with times ranging between 57 minutes and 1:01 the norm. That all changed with the 30th man down the start ramp though, Hour Record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal).

The Belgian blitzed the timesheet, putting in a time of 52:03, minutes faster than any other rider at that point. He could’ve gone faster too, but suffered a mechanical in the final 2km, before switching to a road bike which was bizarrely set up in a huge gear.

The rain fell harder during the stage – especially at the start in Riccione – making an hour on the TT bike even more miserable. Chad Haga (Team Sunweb) was the only man to get close to Campenaerts’ time in the next hour, finishing in 53:06, over a minute down.

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) put in a good time – dead on 54 minutes – to go third fastest, but as he crossed the finish line, attention was turning back to the start, and the GC riders heading out to start their rides.

By that time, 15:30 in Riccione, it was still pouring rain at the start ramp, though that would give way to dryer roads mid-stage, and damp roads, but no rain, in the final kilometres.

Fortunes were contrasting at the 11.7km time check. Bob Jungels (14:27), Simon Yates (14:32), Mollema (14:37) and Nibali (14:42) put in good starts, while Miguel Ángel López (15:13) punctured early on, and Mikel Landa was slower at 15:21. Roglič, meanwhile, was predictably the fastest of the GC men with a time of 14:16.

At the finish, Tanel Kangert (EF Education First) was the first man within a minute of Campenaerts at 53:02, while Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Kangert’s teammate Hugh Carthy also impressed, briefly going top five at 53:47 and 53:22, respectively.

Yates lost time on the road to the second time check, crossing ten seconds down on Nibali, while Landa and López were outside the top 50 riders. Roglič, went third-fastest, putting down a time of 27:41 ¬– 48 seconds up on Yates.

Mollema set the pace for the GC men, going fastest up the climb and crossing the line in 52:52 to go second. Soon after the Dutchman finished, the rain started up again at the finish, complicating matters for those still out on the course.

Nibali’s 52:57 was a strong, well-paced ride, only shedding 11 seconds to Mollema on the final climb, which he raced in the rain. Yates was more disappointing though, a time of 55:03 meaning he’d lose minutes on the day. The Briton was only 40th fastest up the climb to the finish, losing over two minutes to the fastest men there alone.

Roglič, the favourite to take the stage win, duly did just that, going fastest on the climb with a time of 24:11 to beat Campenaerts’ time by 11 seconds. All that remained after was the wait and see if Conti would hold onto pink. He duly did, though he and the rest of the top ten endured a torrential downpour as they completed their rides.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma0:51:52
2Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:11
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:01:00
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:05
5Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First0:01:10
6Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:01:14
7Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:16
8Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:01:30
9Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:43
10Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:01:52
11Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:01:55
11Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:56
14Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:04
15Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:08
16Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team0:02:20
17Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:02:23
18Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:32
19Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:02:37
20Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:02:39
21Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:40
22Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:02:44
23Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:02:46
24Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos0:02:47
25Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Ineos0:02:49
26Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:52
27Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:56
28Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:57
29Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:03
30Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:09
31Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:11
32Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education FirstRow 31 - Cell 2
33Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:14
34Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:03:21
35Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:03:27
36James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:03:30
37Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb0:03:33
38Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:34
39Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:35
40Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:37
41Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:03:39
42Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:03:45
43Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:46
44Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:47
45Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb0:03:49
46Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team0:03:54
47Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:03:56
48Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:04:01
49Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension Data0:04:07
51Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:21
52Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb0:04:22
53Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:04:25
54Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos0:04:29
55Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:04:31
56Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team0:04:34
57José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:35
58Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data0:04:40
59Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:44
60Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 59 - Cell 2
61Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:47
62Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:55
63Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:04:57
64Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:58
65Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team0:05:01
66Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:14
67Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:05:18
68Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:05:21
69Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:05:22
70Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:23
71Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Ineos0:05:29
72Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:05:31
73Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:05:33
75Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:34
76Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:38
77Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:05:43
78Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:44
79Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:49
80Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 79 - Cell 2
81Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data0:05:53
82Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83HONORE' Mikkel Frolich0:05:54
84Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 83 - Cell 2
85Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:05:56
86Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First0:05:57
87Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:00
88Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott0:06:02
89Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ0:06:04
90Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos0:06:07
91Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team IneosRow 90 - Cell 2
92Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:08
95Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:06:20
96Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Ineos0:06:21
97Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:26
98Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:28
99Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-AlpecinRow 98 - Cell 2
100Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:06:31
101Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:06:35
102Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:06:36
103Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 102 - Cell 2
104Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data0:06:38
105Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:06:39
106Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:41
107Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:06:42
108Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:06:43
109Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:06:44
110Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma0:06:45
111Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education First0:06:47
112Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 111 - Cell 2
113Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:06:51
114Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 113 - Cell 2
115Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:06:52
116Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:58
117Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 116 - Cell 2
118Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:06:59
119Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy0:07:05
120François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 119 - Cell 2
121Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 120 - Cell 2
122Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:07
123Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team IneosRow 122 - Cell 2
124Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:07:08
125Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 124 - Cell 2
126Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team0:07:15
127Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:07:17
128Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:07:22
129Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 128 - Cell 2
130Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:07:23
131Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:07:24
132Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 131 - Cell 2
133Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:07:26
134Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:07:30
135Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:07:31
136Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:07:35
137Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:07:36
138Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:07:40
139Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:07:43
140Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:44
141Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:07:50
142Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:07:59
143Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data0:08:03
144Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:08:04
145Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling Academy0:08:07
146Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:08:09
147Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 146 - Cell 2
148Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:08:14
149Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:08:15
150Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:08:16
151Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:08:18
152Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:08:24
153Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:08:29
154Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ0:08:30
155Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:08:32
156Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:08:42
157Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
158Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:08:49
159Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:09:22
160Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:09:44
161Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:10:47
162Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:11:41
163Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team0:13:06
DNSUmberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 163 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma15pts
2Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 2) San Marino, km. 34.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma18pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma9pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb1Row 5 - Cell 3
7Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team1Row 6 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Education First2:41:27
2Bahrain-Merida0:01:15
3Astana Pro Team0:01:40
4UAE Team Emirates0:01:46
5Movistar Team0:01:53
6Team Sunweb0:02:23
7Deceuninck-QuickStep0:02:51
8Dimension Data0:03:16
9Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:03:28
10Lotto Soudal0:03:34
11Bora-Hansgrohe0:04:03
12Trek-Segafredo0:04:05
13Mitchelton-Scott0:04:11
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