Vincenzo Nibali is still in the game at the 2019 Giro d’Italia after a good time trial in stage 9 as he lost only 1:05 minutes to Primoz Roglic.
“You know, the time trial is always important. You have to defend yourself against the TT specialist who also goes very well in the mountains. So from this point of the view, Roglic is a very good TT rider who also goes very well in the mountains,” Nibali said.
“He’s obviously the one who gained the most on everybody. The climbers needed to lose a bit less. I think I did a good time trial in that sense, and now we’ll look ahead.”
“It was very good to gain something on Yates. Roglic is a specialist so losing a minute to him is all right,” Nibali continued.
“Is it now a Roglic-Nibali duel? No, it’s not like that. It’s too early to say that. There are still a lot of leaders. They still want to play their cards.
“I’m still keeping the other GC riders like Landa, Yates and Lopez in consideration, the riders who have lost a bit more will have to attack and that will make the race more interesting.”
“In this moment, yes, I’m in it. I’m certainly looking to fight. I’ve trained and worked hard for this objective, I’ll look to give the best of myself. There are a lot of hard days ahead of us still so you have to go one step at a time.”