The Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) won Stage 9 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, the Chianti Classico Stage, a 40.5 km individual time trial from Radda in Chianti to Greve in Chianti. Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) and Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling) finished second and third.
The stage was marked by a heavy rainfall on the last riders to start.
Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step) retained the race leader and Maglia Rosa by a margin of only 1″ over his team-mate Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step), with Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 32″.
1 – Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) – 40.5km in 51’45”, average speed 46.956km/h
2 – Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) at 10″
3 – Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cycling) at 17″
Seconds after the stage finish, stage winner Roglic said: “After approximately ten kilometres, I lost my computer and my bottle. I indicated to my sport director to pick my computer but I’m not sure if he understood what I was telling him. I also lost motivation and I decided to take it easy. But I was feeling fantastic uphill so I just pushed and pushed for the fun of it. I was really slow and unlucky at the beginning but very fast and lucky at the end because I only felt a drop or two while the riders after me got the pouring rain. This is strange, very strange”.
The Maglia Rosa, Gianluca Brambilla, said: “Yesterday I expended a lot of of energy in the breakaway. I attacked and I went full gas all day. It was the same today: alone again, full gas again and nothing to lose. Everything went well. I kept the Maglia Rosa. Until now everything has gone well in the Giro. It’s an amazing feeling”.