90th Giro d'Italia - Stage 9
A day for the long break... and the continuing
sprinters duels with T-Mobile looking for allies to defend the maglia rosa of
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Reggio Emilia - Lido Camaiore 177 km
stage is similar to yesterdays stage starting in an uphill challenge from the
start to the summit of Passo del Cerreto at 71.2 kilometers less than half way
through the stage. After 18 km on the long descent to Aulla the riders will have
100 kilometers of flats and rollers to the finish.
The major climbing test today and only opportunity for GPM points is the
Passo del Cerreto a 12.53 km climb after the long uphill grind of 55 kilometers
from the start. The climb of Cerreto averages 5% with sections of 9% not the
toughest of climbs but after yesterdays stage and the long run up to the climb
it will present an opportunity for those who missed the break yesterday to
attempt the long breakaway to the finish on the west coast of Italy. With more
than 100 kilometers to the finish the much of it along the coast winds may play
a part in any escape making it all the harder for an early escape to finish
ahead of a chase led by the sprinters teams to bring the fast men to finish.
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That is assuming they can guide their sprinters over the initial climb. At
any rate, with the shakeup of the general classification yesterday it will be
harder for those teams who missed the break yesterday to launch an early attack
and we'll most likely see a more united defense by the teams who have found a
perhaps momentary grasp on the top 20 spots on the standings. T-Mobile and Marco
Pinotti will have their job cut out for them to protect the Maglia Rosa's lead
of 28 seconds, but with any support from the other teams in discouraging breaks
we might see Marco slipping into the pink for his third day in the lead.
Saunier Duval had some comments on missing the break yesterday after the
Riccardo Riccò: "At first I managed to be
part of the breakaway group, but there were some 20 riders in that escape and
there was not much agreement," Riccò recalls. "We were heading nowhere. The
other riders were leaving gaps and trying to get me out of the break.
Eventually, my director told me to come back and I decided on my own to do so:
the riders didn´t want me in that escape. Now I think I probably made a mistake
to go back and join the peloton, because as soon as I left the breakaway group,
they came to an agreement and opened a considerable gap."
Pietro Algeri: "It was a little bit of
everything. We couldn´t hear the radio very well, so Riccardo didn´t get my
instructions as clearly as I´d have liked him to. We were telling him to stay in
the lead without taking the other riders over, and this is what he was doing,
until he fell behind and the leaders broke clear. It´s quite obvious this has
not been a good day to us, but I can´t believe what some teams did. Our men´s
attitude was the right one: they narrowed down the gap and minimised harms in a
race that could´ve decided the Giro. It´ll be difficult to recover from this
time loss, but as of Tuesday we´ll give it a try."
The peloton looks to be saving themselves today as the gruppo is still
together today at 52 kilometers with a good mix of all the teams with mountain
king Laverde attentive at the front ready to protect his maglia verde as we
approach the GPM on the Passo del Cerreto summit.
Last kilometer to the GPM and Elio Aggiano of Tinkoff attacks, followed by
the attentive Laverde, Pietro Caucchioli (Credit Agricole) and Aggiano's mate
Pavel Brutt joins the assault. Kunitski of Aqua & Sapone follows but struggles
with a mechanical problem. Sella joins the fight for the points.
Laverde leads at the summit followed by Sella an Caucchioli, with the peloton
following in a group 43 seconds after Laverde. The climbing is finished for the
day and we have 105 kms to the finish with the riders flying down the descent to
Four away on the descent considering the course ahead its a brave but futile
attempt to beat the peloton to th coastal finish at Lido Camaiore. Andrei
Kunitski and Simone Masciarelli of Acqua &Sapone/Caffe Mokambo Nicolas Crosbie
of Bouygues, and Frédéric Bessy (Cofidis), are the quartet away. Crosbie
overcooks a turn and rides off the road, but stays upright. The peloton follows
unconcerned by the attack gruppo compacto 40 seconds in arrears. Crosbie rejoins
his breakaway companions and we have the four away with Masciarelli leading the
quartet on the descent.
80-km to go, the quartet have 1:12 on the
peloton as it strings out on the twisting descent. One has to believe that the
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So with 76 kms to go it is T-Mobile at the front leading the chase with the
break 1:55 advantage. T-Mobile has to hope the sprinters teams will join the
chase as the riders finish the descent. As the peloton reaches the flats they
let the gap rise to 2:20 to the quartet working well together in the coastal
Milram move to the front with a few riders to help the magenta riders of
Valerio Piva in the chase. The gap of the quartet continues for the moment to
grow, now 2:48. Three Milram riders at the front lead the chase with Aaron Olson
next line. Milram are intent to give Petacchi another opportunity to add his
third stage victory and 23rd Giro stage victory.
69 km to go, and the gap bends to three
minutes as the four away are riding two abreast sharing the effort evenly among
them as they approach the feed zone. The quartet have 2:50 lead on the peloton
as they ride through the feed zone. The peloton strings out to pick out their
feed. 3 hours and 30 minutes into the race the last stragglers over the climb
ride through the feedzone.
A duo of T-Mobile riders lead the chase with a duo of Milram riders
assisting. Marco Pinotti is in fifth position with several Lampre/Fondital
riders in attendance.
60 km to go, The chase is closing in on
the break as the gap falls to 2:22. Axel Merckx and Aarron Olson lead the chase
for T-mobile with Milram switching with the duo. A smiling Maglia Rosa, Marco
Pinotti sits in 5th position attentive at the front as his chances to stay in
the lead look excellent today. The scarlet jersey of Petacchi is close in
An Euskatel rider falls but is back up and chasing back to the peloton. The
gap falls to just 2 minutes as the chase continues to close to the lead quartet.
A few of the stragglers are working their way through the cars behind the
peloton. Milram and T-Mobile escorting Pinotti, lead the chase followed by
Lampre and Quickstep following. Cunego is inside the Lampre escort with Bettini
and Garzelli lingering at the back of the peloton enjoying a chat.
45 km to go, Pinotti takes to the front
to pick up the pace, the gap is 2:08. Quickstep/Innergetic have moved closer to
the front with Paolo Bettini having moved back up to the front of the pack.
Milram and T-Mobile still sharing the chase effort changing off at the front.
The break continues working well together as they approach the Tropeo Garibaldi
The race is now riding along with the beaches on their right with sunbathers
enjoying the fine weather on tap today. Marco Pinotti moves to the front setting
the pace. The gap falls to below one minute.
40 km to go, the gap is 1:45 as the gap
it falls shortly after to 1:18... J.J. Haedo, Petacchi, McEwen and the sprinters
are present in the peloton. T-Mobile and Milram still lead the chase.
35 km to go, Bouygues rider Crosbie
starts the attack for the Garibaldi points and leads Simone Masciarelli who
takes second, Frederic Bessy of Cofidis third Kunitski. The gap is 1:18 as the
39 km to go, as the break rides over a
lagoon bridge and palm lined streets with the Tifosi lining the roads and
sitting on roof tops to watch the race fly by below; our cameraman is distracted
by a topless sunbather coming out of the water on the beach. The quartet at the
front continues to work well together with the same teams leading the chase,
with Credit Agricole and Predictor/lotto teams moving closer to the front with
McEwen and Thor Hushvod in escort.
25 km to go, the peloton passes under the
banner 1:21 after the break who continue to press on working well together. Ale
Jet is now following in the wake of the Milram and T-Mobile led peloton with
Olson, Bernucci and Merckx leading.
20 km to go, the break rolls up a small
hill through Pietrasanta with 1:15 lingering in the wind no doubt until the
sprinters teams take the wheel to take command of the finish. The peloton is
stringing out as the chase picks up speed.
15.8 km to go, 58 seconds the gap...
ATTACK two Tinkoff riders Ignatiev and Rovni as Liquigas moves closer to the
front of the chase. The Tinkoff duo gets a gap of 43 seconds the gap to the
break is 56 seconds. Milram puts 5 riders on the front.
17:37 CEST - 10 km to go, the Tinkoff duo are time trialing and are
pulling the quartet back. The break has doubled its efforts at the front. The
sprinters teams are quick to reply with Quickstep leading the chase and the duo
is pulled back. 38 seconds the gap with the peloton on the heels of the break as
the Tinkoff duo are swept up.
6 km to go, Predictor/Lotto joins the
chase the break is pulled back. Gruppo compatto.
5 km to go, The riders are racing along
the ancient harbor, Predictor/Lotto and Credite Agricole take the lead
4km to go, Bettini, Forster, Rojas,
Petacchi and McEwen move to the front, all the sprinters are present in the
first 20 riders.
3km to go, the peloton is in full flight
with Lotto, Milram and Credit Agricole lead, an attack by a Tinkoff rider is
chased down as fast as it happens. Bettini moves to follow on the right.
2km to go, Julian Dean leads with Thor
Hushvod on his wheel. Gerosteiner tries to make a move on the inside but is
blocked out of the action by Quickstep.
1km to go, Dean pulls off and Hushvod
makes the early move, Petacchi, Napolitano, and McEwen follow.
500 metres - Petacchi launches around the
final turn, Bettini tries to follow but he is trapped on the left in a late
move. Thor and Ale Jet side by side, McEwen on Ale Jets wheel. Petacchi first
position, Thor has attacked too early.
150 meters and the sprinters are a mass
approaching the finish, a crash as a Bouygues rider hits the barrier. Luckily it
is only one rider down as the peloton avoids the danger.
At the line it is Danilo Napolitano coming through the center of Petacchi,
McEwen in a photo finish. Some how Paolo Bettini has evaded the trap, and
follows but to late to count.
Giro d'Italia - Stage 9 Results
Reggio Emilia - Lido Camaiore
177 km - 35.741 km/h
1 NAPOLITANO Danilo ITA LAM 4:57:08 0:00 20"
2 MC EWEN Robbie AUS PRL 4:57:08 0:00 12"
3 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA MRM 4:57:08 0:00 8"
4 BETTINI Paolo ITA QSI 4:57:08 0:00
5 FERNANDEZ Koldo ESP EUS 4:57:08 0:00
6 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 4:57:08 0:00
7 RICHEZE Ariel Maximilian ARG PAN 4:57:08 0:00
8 DUCLOS-LASSALLE Hervé FRA COF 4:57:08 0:00
9 FORSTER Robert GER GST 4:57:08 0:00
10 HAEDO Juan José ARG CSC 4:57:08 0:00
T- Mobile and Marco Pinotti have successfully protected the Maglia Rosa with
the major help coming from Ale Jet Petacchi's Milram squad. The top of the
general classification remains unchanged from yesterday.
1 PINOTTI Marco ITA TMO 0:00
2 NOE' Andrea ITA LIQ 0:28
3 YAKOVLEV Serguei KAZ AST 0:54
4 BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA LAM 1:06
5 VILA ERRANDONEA Francisco J. ESP LAM 1:10
6 RUBIERA VIGIL José Luis ESP DSC 1:36
7 ARROYO DURAN David ESP GCE 1:43
8 PETROV Evgeni RUS TCS 1:51
9 CIONI Dario David ITA PRL 2:13
10 AREKEEV Alexandr RUS ASA 2:17
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