Giro d’Italia stage 9 as it happened: The race heads to the coast in Naples


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214km to go: We’re underway for stage nine of the Giro d’Italia after a slight delay due to a mechanical for Roel van Sintmaartensdijk (Intermarché-Wanty) at the back of the peloton.

213km to go: A two-man breakaway has formed at the front of the race, but the attacks are not over yet with more moves going behind in the peloton.

200km to go: Alpecin-Deceuninck are already on the front of the peloton for Kaden Groves, as they are keen to control the gap to the breakaway, which currently sits at around a minute.

195km to go: Polti-Kometa are the only team that are represented at the head of the race, as their riders Mirco Maestri and Andrea Pietrobon got away at the very start of the stage and immediately began working together to pull out the gap. Manuele Tarozzi (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) had attempted to bridge across to them, but he has now been caught by the peloton.

192km to go: The breakaway now has over two minutes of an advantage on the peloton, as the main group seem content to let the gap go out.

Here’s how the general classification looked at the beginning of stage nine:

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180km to go: The gap to the breakaway had been allowed to go out as far as two and a half minutes, but that has now been brought back to around two minutes, as Alpecin-Deceuninck are keen to keep them on tight leash on today’s stage.

173km to go: Andrea Pietrobon (Polti-Kometa) will be hoping for another chance at a stage win after he took an agonising third place finish on stage five after a late attack from a four-man group in the finale. However, it is unlikely that he will have the opportunity to go for the win today, as the sprinters’ teams seem keen to control the gap to the breakaway.

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Tobias Foss eating some food on stage nine of the Giro d'Italia

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155km to go: The gap to the breakaway has gone back out to three minutes, as the peloton looked somewhat disorganised as Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Deceuninck) took a quick nature break.

153km to go: A weird situation occured in the peloton, as Janssens began to set the pace in the main group, the rest of the riders let his wheel go and he unintentionally began to open up a gap on those behind him.

148km to go: Davide Ballerini (Astana Qazaqstan) has begun a string of attacks as some of the riders are looking to animate the stage with a move off the front. 

140km to go: After a short flurry of attacks, the peloton are nearing the end of a long downhill section of the course. There is still a long way to go to the intermediate sprint in Mondragone and it seems to have settled down in the main group.

A map of the finale for stage nine of the Giro d'Italia

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117km to go: The race has settled down once again and there has been a steady pace in the peloton for a few kilometres now. The main group is currently in one long line, as the riders are clearly not concerned about being caught out of position, with no indication that there will be any splits in the bunch anytime soon.

100km to go: Nothing much has changed in the race. The gap to the two-man breakaway has come down to around a minute and a half with Alpecin-Deceuninck still riding on the front of the peloton. There is around 15km to go until the first intermediate sprint of the day.

Mirco Maestri and Andrea Pietrobon in the breakaway on stage nine of the Giro d'Italia

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80km to go: Maestri and Pietrobon roll through the first intermediate sprint of the day in Mondragone, with the latter taking the maximum points.

Geraint Thomas on stage nine of the Giro d'Italia

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58km to go: There has been a crash in the peloton on the exit of a roundabout. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) has gone down, with several of his teammates stopping to help him. Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was also involved.

55km to go: Maestri takes the Intergiro sprint ahead of his teammate Pietrobon, swapping positions from the first intermediate sprint.

53km to go: Geraint Thomas is now back in the peloton after his crash after an extended chase due to the Intergiro sprint and a small attack in the peloton from the main group.

50km to go: The gap to the breakaway sits at around a minute as the teams in the peloton are beginning to get organised, with Bahrain Victorious setting the pace at the front of the bunch.

40km to go: The breakaway is now onto the only categorised climb of the day, which is the Monte di Procida. At 4.1km in length with an average gradient of 3.8% and a maximum gradient of 9%, this will be the first test for the sprinters on the stage and we will see which teams will come to the fore in an attempt to drop some of the fast men out of the back.

36km to go: Fabio Jakobsen (dsm-firmenich PostNL) and Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) have been dropped from the peloton under the pace of Alpecin-Deceuninck.

36km to go: Andrea Pietrobon takes the maximum points at the top of the Monte di Procida ahead of his teammate Maestri, as Alpecin-Deceuninck continue to pull on the front of the peloton over the top of the climb.

30km to go: Alpecin-Deceuninck are clearly confident that they can drop the majority of the other sprinters on the upcoming uncategorised climbs to set up Kaden Groves for the stage win. They are content to stay at the front of the peloton, not accepting help from any of the other teams.

30km to go: Andrea Pietrobon once again takes maximum points at the intermediate sprint, but the gap to the breakaway is now well under a minute as the peloton close in on the two riders at the head of the race.

27km to go: Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) attacks on a short rise with Nicola Conci (Alpecin-Deceuninck) chasing him down. They have now caught the two riders from the breakaway. Kevin Vermaerke (dsm-firmenich PostNL) and Lewis Askey (Groupama-FDJ) have also jumped out of the peloton, making it a six-man group at the head of the race.

23km to go: With Alpecin-Deceuninck having a man up the road in the form of Conci, Lidl-Trek have taken over the pacing in the peloton as they look to bring everything back together. Ewen Costiou (Arkéa-B&B Hotels) has joined the front group, making it seven riders at the head of the race.

20km to go: A move off the front from Alaphilippe is followed by Costiou and they haved pulled out a small advantage over the rest of the breakaway riders. Their gap to the peloton currently sits at around 20 seconds.

15km to go: Maestri and Vermaerke tried to chase down the two riders at the front, but they have now been caught by the peloton, along with the other riders from the chasing group.

10km to go: The peloton are in sight of the two leaders as they reach the foot of the final climb to Posillipo, which could be the final opportunity for a late attack.

9km to go: Alaphilippe has gone solo at the head of the race, with Costiou caught by the peloton. The Frenchman looks to be tiring with Lidl-Trek pulling at the front of the main group for Jonathan Milan.

8km to go: Alaphilippe is caught by the peloton as Jhonatan Narváez (Ineos Grenadiers) launches an attack. More riders are attempting to follow the Ecuadorian, but for now he is solo at the head of the race.

5km to go: Crash at the back of the peloton, with Martin Marcellusi (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) hitting the deck.

3km to go: Jayco AlUla are trying to get organised on the front of the peloton alongside Lidl-Trek. The Australian team will be looking to set things up for their sprint Caleb Ewan.

1.5km to go: Narváez has a gap of over ten seconds now and it is looking good for him going into the final kilometre.

500m to go: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) is looking to leadout Juan Sebastián Molano, but Narváez might be able to hang on.

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