After a six-man sprint at the top of the Blockhaus, Jai Hindley proved to be the strongest to win the 9th stage of the Giro 2022 ahead of Romain Bardet and Richard Carapaz. Juan Pedro Lopez fought and retains the leader’s pink jersey.
Jai Hindley is once again making a name for himself on the Giro roads. The leader of the Bora-Hansgrohe team was able to play his card in the final of the Blockhaus climb to put an end to two years without success since… the 18th stage of the Tour of Italy 2020. A 191 kilometer long stage between Isernia and the Blockhaus which promises to be terrible with five listed climbs including three in the first 40 kilometers. A start to the stage marked by the offensive tendencies of Matthew Holmes, who was able to get out of the peloton with Diego Rosa and Natnael Tesfatsion while the sprinters quickly formed the gruppetto. Diego Rosa, in search of the blue jersey of leader of the mountain classification, continued his solo effort on the slopes of Rionero Sannitico while Felix Gall, Alex Dombrowski and again Natnael Tesfatsion launched against, quickly imitated by Nans Peters and several clusters of runners. After 30 kilometers, a large group formed a group of nine riders, who quickly took a five-minute lead over a peloton marked by the fall of Pello Bilbao. Faced with such a gap, the Trek-Segafredo team increased the peloton’s pace to reduce it.
Trek-Segafredo ran out to come back
However, it was when the Ineos Grenadiers team took matters into their own hands with Jonathan Castroviejo that the breakaway saw its lead dwindle very clearly. While Romain Bardet used his teammates to get back into the peloton after a puncture, Nans Peters shook the coconut tree up front at the foot of Passo Lanciano, with Natnael Tesfatsion able to follow him before Diego Rosa and Eduardo Sepulveda don’t come back. The Italian then countered with the Eritrean in his wheel. Diego Rosa went for the points at the top of Passo Lanciano before finding himself alone in the lead on the descent, Natnael Tesfatsion shooting straight into a bend. The peloton then saw Trek-Segafredo struggle to get back to the front of the race, an effort that had consequences for the end of the stage. The breakaway, after coming together, saw the peloton end their effort sixteen kilometers from the goal. The doors of the great explanation in the slopes of the Blockhouse then opened. The Ineos Grenadiers team imposed a steady tempo from the foot of the last difficulty, causing vacuum cleaning.
Hindley took a chance
Mauri Vansevenant, Tom Dumoulin, Giulio Ciccone, Bauke Mollema then Simon Yates were outdistanced then irremediably dropped by a group bringing together the strongest of this 105th Giro. A time slowed down by a sudden brake from Alejandro Valverde, Juan Pedro Lopez was in turn released. It was just under five kilometers from the finish, after a final stint from Richie Porte, that Richard Carapaz started. Only Romain Bardet and Mikel Landa were able to immediately follow the Ecuadorian and collaborate with him. Under the impetus of João Almeida, a trio made up of Jai Hindley, Domenico Pozzovivo and the Portuguese made the connection despite a nudge from Mikel Landa. After an acceleration from the Italian, a six-man sprint became inevitable. Jai Hindley made his effort 300 meters from the line and resisted the return of Romain Bardet and Richard Carapaz. While the leading group often dithered in the final, Juan Pedro Lopez gave everything to defend his pink jersey. Crossing the line 1’42” after the winner of the day, the Spaniard reached his goal for twelve seconds against João Almeida and fourteen against Romain Bardet, new third in the general classification.