Roglic emerges as man to beat in Giro d’Italia after time trial win


Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) won the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday as Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) defended pink jersey.

Roglic, who also won the opening individual time trial, was quickest on the rain-soaked 35-kilometer (22-mile) route from Riccione that had an uphill finish in San Marino – the only time this year that the Giro crosses into another country.

The 29-year-old was 11 seconds faster than Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) and one minute ahead of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

Roglic had been more than five minutes behind Conti going into the time trial but moved into second overall, 1:50 behind the UAE Team Emirates cyclist, who had replaced Roglic in the overall lead after finishing second in Thursday’s sixth stage.

Moreover, Roglic gained time on his rivals. Simon Yates finished more than three minutes behind Roglic.

”It’s a perfect performance in my mind. I did a good job,” Roglic said. ”I took it easy at the beginning and I gave it all at the end.

”It’s nice to take some time over the other GC favorites but the Giro is far from over.”

”It was very rainy for me but I stayed calm. My goal was to keep the Maglia Rosa so I’m very happy with the result,” Conti said.

Vincenzo Nibali fared the best out of the rest of the pre-race favorites, finishing fourth on a day which saw only 12 riders finish within two minutes of the winner. The Italian is 3:34 behind Conti.

Monday is the race’s first rest day before Tuesday’s 10th stage, an entirely flat 145-kilometer route from Ravenna to Modena.

Giro d’Italia 2019 – stage 9 results (Riccione – San Marino ITT):

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)


3Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


4Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


5Tanel Kangert (EF Education First)


6Chad Haga (Team Sunweb)


7Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


8Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


9Pello Bilbao (Astana)


10Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


11Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


12Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


13Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


14Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


15Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)


16Victor De La Parte (CCC)


17Ben O’Connor (Dimension Data)


18Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)


19Scott Davies (Dimension Data)


20Ion Izagirre (Astana)



Giro d’Italia 2019 – general classification after stage 9:

1Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


2Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


3Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale)


4José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)


5Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


6Andrey Amador (Movistar)


7Amaro Antunes (CCC)


8Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


9Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF)


10Pello Bilbao (Astana)


11Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


12Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


13Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


14Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


15Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


16Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


17Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


18Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


19Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)


20Richard Carapaz (Movistar)



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