Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) found himself in the Maglia Rosa again three years after he was victorious in the first Giro d’Italia he contested, winning stage 9 today atop the Blockhaus. He soloed away in the last 5km and maintained an advantage of more than 20 seconds over Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The Dutchman is in a potentially strong position with a deficit of just 30 seconds ahead of Tuesday’s individual time trial, the Sagnatino Stage, from Foligno to Montefalco (39.8km). The first rider to start will be Matteo Pelucchi (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 12.45; the last starter will be Nairo Quintana at 16.24.
1 – It’s the third Giro d’Italia stage victory for Nairo Quintana after wins at Val Martello and Cima Grappa in 2014. Also the 24th Giro stage win for Colombian riders, matching The Netherlands; Russia is in reach with 26.
2 – The first Giro d’Italia podium placing for Thibaut Pinot in his first Giro. His last Grand Tour podium was his stage victory at L’Alpe d’Huez in the 2015 Tour de France. He’s the first Frenchman in the Giro GC top 3 since Pierre Rolland who was third after stage 18 in 2014.
3 – The third Giro podium placing for Tom Dumoulin after he won at Apeldoorn and came second at Praia a Mare last year.
1 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) – 149km in 3h44’51”, average speed 39.759km/h
2 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 24″
3 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) s.t.
4 – Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) at 41″
5 – Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida) at 1’00”
Today’s stage winner and new Maglia Rosa Nairo Quintana said: “I’m happy. It went just as we initially planned it as a team. We’ve prepared for the Giro very well. Some of our guys have had a few muscular problems but they’ve recovered. I’m also happy with the advantage I got today over rivals who are very strong and time trial specialists. I’d like to retain the Maglia Rosa as long as I can. We have the team to defend it. There’s still a lot of the Giro to come. We’re not at half way yet. Tom Dumoulin surprised me today by how well he went but many of my rivals are strong so I’ll have to pay a lot of attention, particularly in the last week.”
THE NEXT STAGE – TUESDAY 16th: Stage 10 – Foligno – Montefalco 39.8km – total elevation 400m