Australian Jai Hindley of Bora-Hansgrohe got through a stuffed gathering of riders to win stage nine of the Giro d’Italia, an overwhelming 187-km ride from Isernia to Blockhaus on Sunday, in front of 2019 hero Richard Carapaz.
Having arranged a progression of testing climbs, Eritrean Natnael Tesfatsion and home most loved Diego Rosa pulled clear of the peloton with 50 kilometers to go, yet a fantastic fall by Tesfatsion sliding Passo Lanciano finished his race.
The peloton immediately shut the hole and a huge gathering collected, drove by Ineos Grenadiers, with 15 kilometers to go, as they got their man, Ecuador’s Carapaz, into position.
Carapaz was joined by five others in a run finish, before Romain Bardet, Carapaz and Hindley went too far together, with Hindley punching the air having required his subsequent Giro stage win in front of Bardet in second and Carapaz third.
A gutsy ride from Spaniard Juan Pedro López, the main rider from his country to hold the pink shirt since Alberto Contador in 2015, empowered him to remain ahead on the overall arrangement.
England’s Simon Yates got through an extreme day, going too far 11 minutes and 15 seconds back on the stage champ, having been hampered by the knee injury he experienced in a fourth-stage crash. The BikeExchange-Jayco rider was dropped on the last move of the day.
Frenchman Bardet climbed to third in the general standings, 14 seconds behind López, with Carapaz fourth at 15 seconds. Hindley is fifth, 20 seconds off the speed. The Giro enjoys some time off on Monday, prior to returning on Tuesday with stage 10 – a 194-kilometer ride from Pescara to Jesi.