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Yates loses time in stage 9 time trial at Giro d’Italia

Sun 19 May 2019

After a strong performance on the opening time trial for second place, Briton Simon Yates has had a tough day in the saddle on stage nine, conceding valuable minutes to some of his biggest rivals at the Giro d’Italia.

The 2018 Vuelta a Espana champion, who noted ‘blocked legs’ at the finish, got the most he could out of his body on an off day, dropping three-minutes and 11seconds to stage winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and two-minutes six-seconds to Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).

Yates had a reasonable start to the race, crossing the first intermediate with a 10-second lead to Nibali and 16-second deficit to Roglic.  By the second intermediate checkpoint and start of the climb Yates sat 10-seconds behind Nibali and 48seconds behind Roglic, but as he attempted to step on the pedals on the climb, it was clear it wasn’t going to be his day.

Whilst never wanting to concede time to rivals, there’s plenty of racing still to come in Italy, including all of the mountain stages on this year’s route. 

Simon Yates:
“I had bit of a stinker. I was going OK on the flat section there but when I tried to step on it once we reached the climb, I just didn’t have anything. 

“It’s one of those things. We’ll have to come up with a new plan now, a new strategy and go from there.

“We’re still early on in the race. We’ve only done one effort before today, and that was in the prologue, all of the other days have been flat and in the wheels.

“I’m looking forward to getting more and more into the mountains now to see what we can do.” 

Matt White – Head Sports Director:
“Obviously the TT didn’t turn out how we wanted. It shifts the race a little bit as it obviously wasn’t in our plans to be in this position on the first rest day, but things happen and plans can be changed and we will adapt accordingly. 

“The climbing of the Giro hasn’t started yet, we haven’t done a single mountain stage yet so there’s still a lot to unfold. 

“We’ve seen in the past that the Giro has big surprises.  A bad day in the Giro, as we know, doesn’t mean 30seconds. The gaps in the Giro tend to be bigger than other Grand Tours and we’re looking forward to Friday when the race kicks off in earnest again.”

Giro d’Italia – Stage 9 Results:
1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 51:52
2. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) +0:11
3. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +1:00
31. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +3:11

Giro d’Italia – General Classification after Stage 9:
1. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) 36:08:32
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +1:50
3. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) +2:21
24. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +5:36

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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