Good morning from Stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia, the Chianti Classico Stage, a 40.5 km Individual Time Trial from Radda in Chianti to Greve in Chianti. The wonderful scenery of Chiantishire stages a compelling battle between the GC contenders, and is destined to shape the racing to come.
The first 172 riders will start at 1 minute intervals. The last 15 riders depart at 3 minute intervals.
First rider to start: Cheng Ji (Team Giant – Alpecin) – 12.40
Last rider to start: Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step) – 16.16
Radda in Chianti: Variable, 15°C. Wind: weak – 9kmh.
Greve in Chianti (approx. 17.30 – Finish): Scattered clouds, 18°C. Wind: moderate – 15kmh.
1 – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 23″
3 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) at 33″
Stage 9 – CHIANTI CLASSICO STAGE (ITT) – Radda in Chianti – Greve in Chianti – 40.5km
Finish: Approx. 17.30
Race Headquarters: Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado “G. Da Verrazzano”, Via G. Da Verrazzano, 8
This Individual Time Trial is hilly and sinuous throughout: rolling and slightly uphill all the way to Castellina in Chianti (split time 1), undulating and mainly downhill up to Madonna di Pietracupa (split time 2). Here, the roadway narrows for about 4km. Next on the route are two climbs; the second one is steeper and leads to Panzano in Chianti (split time 3). Here begins the final descent leading into the finish.
The final kilometres run downhill all the way up to 2km from the finish line, along wide and mainly straight roads, just bending slightly at points. 300m from the finish there is a final bend, nearly a U-shaped curved, leading into the old town centre and to the finish. The home straight is 180m long, on a 6m wide, flat asphalt road.