Carapaz (11th) strong yet again in Giro’s longest TT

19 May 2019
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Giro de Italia (et. 9)

Ecuadorian from Movistar Team less than 2′ behind winner Roglic (TJV), continues to make up terrain overall as Rojas sits in 4th, Amador in 6th.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic (TJV) completed another authoritative performance on his TT bike during the demanding stage nine of the 2019 Giro d’Italia, a 34km course from Riccione, in the Adriatic coast, to San Marino over flat roads turning into a hilly finale as the race entered the Serenissima Repubblica.

Carapaz through the hilliest sector of today’s TT. (c) BettiniPhoto

Bauke Mollema (TFS) and Vincenzo Nibali (TBM), one minute behind the man also winner of the inaugural TT in Bologna, were the race contenders closest to Roglic in a tough test, where the Movistar Team had -just like atop San Luca- Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz as best performer, 11th at 1’55” from the winner.

The ‘Carchi Locomotive’ was the best news from the Blues on Sunday, with Andrey Amador (+2’46”) and José Joaquín Rojas also completing solid performances to remain within the overall top-ten –‘Rojillas’ now in 4th, with Andrey in 6th-. In turn, Mikel Landa concede 3’03” against Roglic, sitting next to most of the race’s pure climbers.

Rojas under the deluge. (c) Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

The gap between Roglic and Carapaz in the GC is now 3’16”, while Landa now ranks 4’52” behind the Slovenian rider. Rojas, 2’33” after pink jersey holder Valerio Conti (UAD) and 43″ off Roglic, and Amador, six seconds behind his team-mates, remain as top Blues in the ‘Corsa Rosa’ GC. The riders will enjoy a well-deserved first rest day on Monday.

Cover picture (c): BettiniPhoto