Primož Roglič of Jumbo-Visma won stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia in San Marino, his second stage victory of the race.
The Slovenian finished with an individual time trial of 51:52, beating Victor Campenaerts from team Lotto Soudal by 11 seconds over the 34.8km course, while Bauke Mollema of team Trek-Segafredo was third.
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.
— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 19, 2019
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 to the climb.
Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali was best of the rest, finishing fourth, 1:05 down. On the other hand, 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 from Movistar finished slightly faster than Yates, his time of 54:55 good for only a top 30 placing.
UAE Team Emirates racer Valerio Conti 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.
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) May 19, 2019
“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.”
*Odds are subject change