Hindley clever and fast at the blockhouse, Buchmann seventh

Lopez defends Rosa from Almeida

Jai Hindley (Bora – hansgrohe, right) won the 9th stage of the Giro. | Photo: Cor Vos

15/05/2022 | (rsn) – Jai Hindley gave Bora – hansgrohe a second day victory in this Giro d’Italia on the 9th stage. After 191 kilometers, the 26-year-old Australian was the fastest rider in a group of six on top of the mountain at Blockhaus, just ahead of Romain Bardet (DSM) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers).

Hindley’s teammate Emanuel Buchmann finished in seventh place after an impressive performance, 16 seconds behind. Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), Joao Almeida (UAE Emirates) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert) finished from fourth to sixth in that order. Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek – Segafredo) defended the pink jersey after a big fight in the fifteenth right in front of Almeida.

Several well-known names such as the sick Simon Yates (BikeExchange – Jayco), Wilco Kelderman (Bora – hansgrohe), Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Movistar) or Giulio Ciccone (Trek – Segafredo) lost many minutes on the approximately 14 kilometer long final climb.

The victory came as a surprise to Hindley. The Bora newcomer had to let Landa, Bardet and Carapaz ride away several times on the final climb and was not necessarily considered the best sprinter of the sextet. “I did not expect it, I was on the border the whole mountain and trying to survive as best I could,” he said in the goal interview.

Hindley with a smart final to win the stage

But with tactical skills and strong legs, Hindley then drove to his second stage victory in a Tour of Italy after celebrating in Laghi di Cancano in 2020. “Everything came together on the last kilometer and I knew the right corner before the finish. I was the first through there and gave everything to the finish line. The victory is incredible, “said the 2020 Giro top.

Bora had joys and sorrows – but with hansgrohe they were close to each other. In addition to today’s victory and Buchmann’s strong performance, Kelderman said goodbye to the battle for the classification with a deficit of 10:53 minutes early. Lennard Kennan fought for a long time for the pink jersey, but when he realized he could not shake Lopez, the man from Bremen fell back on the final kilometers. He finally reached the finish line 4:34 minutes later.

Bardet, Landa and Carapaz made the strongest impression on the last climb, breaking out several times but not quite following through. “The three of us did not work together, but it was also because everyone was on the border. I’m disappointed, Bardet said.

Carapaz can not crown his team’s initial work

Ineos Grenadiers had long set the pace to let Carapaz win the stage. “The feeling is good. The first week of the Giro is always important, but there is still a long way to go again. We drove hard with the team, it was good. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, that’s how it is Cycling, but overall we can be satisfied, ”said the Olympic champion.

In the overall standings, Lopez is still ahead of Almeida by 12 seconds. The bard is third, 14 seconds left, with Carapaz a second behind. Hindley is fifth, 20 seconds behind, four positions ahead of Buchmann (+1: 09), who is ninth, Kämman is now fifteenth (+3: 26).

Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) defended his lead in the points class. Lopez also continues to lead the junior rankings. In the mountain classification, on the other hand, there was a change of leadership. Diego Rosa (Eolo – Kometa) secured 80 points as an outburst and is now 14 points ahead of Koen Bouwman (Jumbo – Visma), the former blue jersey holder, with a total of 83 points before the rest day. Bora – hansgrohe regained the lead in the team classification

This is how the race went:

On stage 9, spiced with five mountain prizes and more than 5,000 meters of climbing, Felix Gall (AG2R Citroën) lived up to his promise and successfully fought for a place in today’s group, which came together after about 25 kilometers of aggression. driving.

In addition to the young Austrian, his French teammate Nans Peters, the British James Knox (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), the American Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan), the Argentine Eduardo Sepúlveda, the Eritrean Natnael Tesfatsion (both Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli), the Ecuadorian EF Education – EasyPost) as well as Rosa and his compatriot Filippo Zana (Bardiani – CSF) to the nine-man group, which was able to achieve a maximum lead of about six minutes.

After Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), who was the first of the 167 Giro professionals who went on the offensive shortly after the start and later came back, won the first early mountain classification (3rd cat.) Ahead of Rosa, the 33rd. the place secured -year-olds got the maximum number of 18 points in each of the following two mountain prizes in the 2nd category. With this, Rosa impressively announced her ambitions in the battle for Maglia Azzura.

At Passo Lanciano, Peter’s breakaway group explodes

In the field, a fall where, among others, Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) went down, aroused the greatest enthusiasm. As expected, Trek – Segafredo took over the pursuit of the escapees, whose lead leveled off about five minutes on the longer descent that followed. The first intermediate sprint 87 kilometers before the finish went to Sepulveda, shortly after the 10.5 kilometer long climb to Passo Lanciano (1st cat.), With which the refugees’ lead had shrunk markedly.

When the gap between the drivers and the field was just over two minutes, Peter’s breakaway group blew up with two attacks about 60 kilometers from the finish line before the start of the penultimate climb of the day. After being caught quickly in the first place, the 28-year-old escaped with Tesfatsion in the second attempt before Sepulveda fought his way through.

40 seconds later, Rosa began chasing the leading trio. He again caught up with exactly 50 kilometers to go and immediately got a counter, which only Tesfatsion was able to parry. In contrast, Gall, Dombrowski, and Caicedo were the closest pursuers, almost a minute later. In the mountain classification 44 kilometers before the finish, Rosa was the first to score 40 points without a fight and thus took over Maglia Azzura, followed 50 seconds later by Peters, Sepulveda and Dombrowski, who had been able to catch up just before noon. summit.

Ineos Grenadiers and UAE Emirates set the pace in the field

Gall and Caicedo followed after three minutes, but the field, now led by Ineos Grenadiers, breathed them into their necks. In a left turn on the subsequent descent, Tesfatsion steered straight into a meadow, where he toppled spectacularly, but apparently escaped easily. The Eritrean was able to get on his bike and continue the race in the field.

20 kilometers from the finish, Dombrowski and Peter’s leader Rosa, who had previously proved not to be a particularly stable alpine runner, caught up. Shortly after, the Astana driver left his companions, who in turn all disappeared into the field, where Ineos and UAE Emirates increased the pace. Just over 15 kilometers from the finish line and shortly before the second intermediate sprint, Dombrowski was also caught.

At the foot of the 13.6-kilometer final climb with an average climb of 8.4 percent, Carapaz, number three in the sprint class, received a bonus as number two without a fight, before two kilometers later Simon Yates (BikeExchange – Jayco ), who suffered from knee problems, fell backwards, one of the favorites. Other prominent names such as Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo – Visma), his teammate Koen Bouwman wearing the blue jersey and Wilco Kelderman (Bora – hansgrohe) fell victim to the final exclusion race. Lopez, on the other hand, was stuck at the end of the group of favorites, which was down to about 20 riders, with Richie Porte and Pavel Sivakov (both Ineos Grenadiers) keeping the pace high for Carapaz.

Buchmann almost creates the connection

Eight kilometers from goal, however, the wearer of the pink jersey lost touch when he touched the rear wheel of a competitor and had to stand off the pedals for a moment. Kämman was just before that from the leading group, which had shrunk to eleven riders with six kilometers left.

When 4.6 kilometers Carapaz opened the final with a first attempt, initially only Landa and Bardet could follow. But Almeida, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan), Hindley and Pozzovivo kept within striking distance, while Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Buchmann fell behind. With two kilometers left, Almeida led the small group, reduced by Nibali, back to the front.

However, an increase in the pace of the Bardet meant that Almeida, Hindley and Pozzovivo lost touch again – only to once again catch up with the leading trio with 900 meters to go. And Buchmann also seemed to be able to catch up on the final meters, but then his teammate Hindley started the sprint from scratch, which the 26-year-old narrowly won against strong Bardet and Carapaz.

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