BORA-hansgrohe Team (Italy) - Press Release: With 5,000 meters of altitude and a brutal mountain finish, stage 9 was the first of three very tough stages in this year's Giro and an important day for the GC before the second rest day. It was therefore to be expected that the fight for the pink jersey would be in full swing today. After the last of the escapees was caught with 15km remaining, the stage came down to a battle between the favourites. Unfortunately, due to an untimely mechanical, and despite his best efforts, Wilco Kelderman was unable to catch up with the reduced field and as a result, the Dutchman was unable to mix things up in the finale. Under the high tempo set by Ineos Grenadiers, some GC riders fell back, but Jai Hindley and Emanuel Buchmann managed to stay in the ever-reducing leading group. After an attack by Carapaz on the steep section 5km from the finish, only Landa and Bardet were able to follow at first. Behind the trio, a small group including Jai was within striking distance and attempted to follow this attack. At this moment, Emanuel Buchmann was unfortunately a little too far behind to get involved. Eventually, the chase group with Jai managed to catch up with the leaders and an uphill sprint on the Blockhaus ensued. Jai opened his sprint early and took the victory ahead of his fast-approaching opponents. Teammate Emanuel finished seventh, just 16 seconds in arrears. After today's stage, Jai sits in fifth overall, while Emanuel is in 9th position. Lennard Kämna tried to fight for the pink jersey for quite some time, but wasn’t able to drop the current leader Lopez and fell back somewhat over the last kilometers.
01 J. Hindley 5:34:44
02 R. Bardet +0:00
03 R. Carapaz +0:00
07 E. Buchmann +0:16
19 L. Kämna +4:34
33 W. Kelderman +10:53
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