Giro d’Italia: Francisco Ventoso sprints to stage nine victory after final corner crash
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Giro d’Italia: Francisco Ventoso sprints to stage nine victory after final corner crash

by Ben Atkins at 11:24 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Giro d'Italia, Race Reports and Results
Most of the big sprinters come down in the final 350m after an action-packed end to a quiet stage

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Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) sprinted to victory in the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia, between San Giorgio del Sannio and Frosinone, after a crash on the final corner took out many of the big name sprinters. As a coming together between Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) brought down or stopped most of the front of the peloton, Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) made a long dash for the line. He was chased down by Maglia Bianca Damiano Caruso (Liquigas-Cannondale) before the finish however, with Ventoso coming around to take the stage.

Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) was gaining on the Spanish sprinter, but ran out of road and punched his bars in frustration as he was forced to settle for second, with Nizzolo just hanging on to third.

“I knew the small climbs in the finale since I rode the Giro in 2005 and I knew that it was going to be a hard finish,” said Ventoso. “We all suffered a lot with the attacks by Purito [Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)], and I had to recover a lot of positions in the descent before that final turn.

“I knew I was too far from the top places, but when I saw there were some riders not taking it properly, I saw a chance coming for me,” he explained. “I came into good position through the turn and knew that had to go on full steam until the finish. Nizzolo was really far, but I started recovering bit by bit and I was only thinking of not being overcome like him and keeping the lead until the line.

“To tell the truth, I haven't had many chances in the sprints until today,” Ventoso added. “I saved every bit of energy I could for this second week because I knew sprints like this would be happening, and we could snatch the win at the first attempt. We were really close to winning in the last few stages, and today's victory was the reward for that consistency and that superb level by all the team.”

The 166km stage featured a long breakaway from Brian Bulgaç (Lotto-Belisol), Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel-Euskadd) and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM), who escaped in the opening kilometres and built up a lead that reached a maximum of four minutes. With 35km to go, and with their advantage down to less than a minute, Keizer jumped away from the other two, but he himself was caught by the peloton with 17km to go.

Despite being nominated a sprinters’ stage, the three small hills in the final ten kilometres gave rise to a number of attacks, with the most dangerous coming from second place overall Rodríguez. The Catalan was caught with five kilometres to go however, as the sprinters’ teams reorganised themselves, and it looked as though the stage would be heading for the expected fast finish.

The final sharp corner with just 350 metres to go though, saw Pozzato ride into the side of Goss as he braked hard; the two of them came down, bringing down many of those behind them, including Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) and World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)

Nizzolo was the first to get around the incident, but was caught and passed on his way to the line.

Maglia Rosa Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) was close to the front, but far enough away to be able to avoid the incident, and crossed the line in seventh place. After a brief scare with the attack from Rodríguez, the Canadian’s race lead survived another day and the top of the overall classification remains unchanged.

The sprinters should have their day again but they won’t have it easy

After three tough days in the ‘medium mountains’, the sprinters of the Giro peloton were treated to a stage of their own, with the flattest course since the race left Denmark. Aside from the two time trials, this was also to be the shortest stage to date at just 166km. Having reached its southernmost point the day before, the Giro was now heading north again, with the mountainous final week almost visible on the horizon.

Although there were no classified climbs on the route, the road was to undulate for its entire length; a series of small bumps in the final ten kilometres threatened to make things difficult for some of the sprinters. The sharp left hander with just 350 metres to go would force them to almost a standstill however, as they turned almost 300 degrees towards the finishing straight.

With the change of terrain came a change of weather for the peloton, with the hot weather of the previous few days giving way to cloud, and a few light showers.

Bulgaç, Cazaux and Keizer attacked almost immediately and, within 12km had opened up a lead of 3’30”. The three riders managed to cover 47.8km in the first hour and, after 50km were four minutes clear. All three riders were more than an hour down on Hesjedal at the start of the day and, with no threat whatsoever to the Canadian’s Maglia Rosa, his Garmin-Barracuda team was happy to leave the policing of the break to the sprinters’ teams.

Team Sky, FDJ-BigMat and Orica-GreenEdge assumed responsibility and decided that the three fugitives had got far enough ahead. Gradually the gap closed and, with 100km to go, it was down to 3’16”. Having reduced it a little however, the three teams elected to let it slip out again to more than four minutes with 80km to go, before gradually chipping away at it again.

Through the feedzone at San Cataldo with 69.5km to go, the trio’s lead was still 3’33”. There was a brief drama as Hesjedal passed his pink jacket to Garmin-Barracuda teammate Jack Bauer and its sleeve caught in the New Zealander’s rear brake. Both were close to the back of the peloton however, and managed to slow down and pull it out without further problem.

The gap continued to fall slowly and, as the leaders passed through Cassino with 56km to go - beneath the iconic hilltop monastery of Monte Cassino, which saw so much bloodshed towards the end of World War II - it had dropped to 2’30”; there it was to stay for some time.

Keizer goes alone but his move is doomed

Into the final 40km Orica-GreenEdge came forward and lifted the pace considerably, and with 35km to go, the Australian team had cut the leaders’ advantage to 55 seconds. This was Keizer’s cue to leave his companions behind and the Dutchman attacked and set off alone.

Under the 30km banner Keizer was 14 seconds clear of Cazaux and Bulgaç, and still had 52 seconds on the peloton. A number of teams began to mass at the front however, meaning that the peloton’s speed had dropped again, and the gap had stopped coming down.

No longer in the lead, Bulgaç quickly surrendered, and was immediately swallowed up by the peloton; Cazaux soon followed.

At the Traguardo Volante sprint, in Ceprano with 23.9km to go, Keizer still had 40 seconds, as Cavendish outsprinted Keizer’s Vacansoleil-DCM teammate Thomas De Gendt to take more points towards the red jersey classification.

As Keizer arrived at the 20km to go banner the neutral service car was pulled from the gap. It was still too early for the Dutchman to be captured however, and the sprinters’ teams eased up; Garmin-Barracuda came through to the front though, stringing the peloton out, and the final seconds of the gap disappeared in a matter of less than a kilometre.

With just under 17km to go Keizer’s adventure was over, but the race was about to enter the complicated closing kilometres. Garmin-Barracuda was keeping the speed high, but Farnese Vini-Selle Italia and Orica-GreenEdge were both moving forward. Lampre-ISD also brought Michele Scarponi forward to keep him out of trouble, as did Liquigas-Cannondale for Ivan Basso.

The hills arrive and the attacks begin

Shortly before the 10km to go banner though, Dennis Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) escaped on the first of the three small hills; the young Belgian was only able to stay clear for just over a kilometre however, as Garmin-Barracuda hunted him down on the short descent.

On the next short climb it was Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) that was the next to try, but his attack was countered by Gaëten Bille (Lotto-Belisol), with Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago-Selle Italia), which proved far more

Katusha duo Angel Vicioso and Joaquim Rodríguez bridged across to the two leaders and, on the final hill with 6km to go the Catalan set out alone. With many of the sprinters having difficultly coping with the pace set on the climb, it was Colnago-CSF Inox leading the chase and Rodríguez was caught with five kilometres to go, just before he reached the top.

Suddenly, with just a few kilometres to go in a sprinters’ stage, the leading riders of the general classification were shoulder to shoulder at the front.

Into the last four kilometres Fabio Felline (Androni-Giocattoli) jumped away but he wasn’t able to get far on the descent; Pozzato joined him briefly but the former Italian champion had the peloton on his heels. As they was caught however, Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) got away in one of his trademark late attacks but, with just under two kilometres to go he too was swept up by the Orica-GreenEdge train.

As it had done in the third stage in Horsens, Denmark, the Australian team led into the final kilometre but, with not enough riders, found itself overcome by Farnese Vini-Selle Italia as they approached the final bend. Daryl Impey was around first with Goss on his wheel but, as the Australian was turning around the 300 degree corner, he was hit by Pozzato, who had come in to it too fast.

Both riders came down, with most of the sprinters lined up behind them coming down on top of them. Maes and Heado were among the first to hit the ground, while a late arriving Cavendish was not quite able to stop himself in time and slowly went over his bars.

Nizzolo had avoided the incident and, as Impey slowed to see where Goss had gone, the Italian opened up his sprint. Despite having a gap as he entered the final 200 metres, Nizzolo was hunted down by Caruso, but he had the faster Ventoso on his wheel.

As the line approached, Ventoso came around Caruso and the Spanish sprinter took the second Giro stage of his career. Felline had followed the Movistar rider around Caruso, but could not come around him in time and had to settle for second.


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Giro d'Italia (WorldTour) Stage 9 Results: San Giorgio nel Sannio to Frosinone, 166 km:

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar Team) 03:39:15
ita ITA 2 Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
ita ITA 3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
ita ITA 4 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
aut AUT 5 Daniel Schorn (Team NetApp) s.t.
nor NOR 6 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha Team) s.t.
can CAN 7 Ryder Hesjedal (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
aut AUT 8 Matthias Brändle (Team NetApp) s.t.
ita ITA 9 Manuel Belletti (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
rsa RSA 10 Daryl Impey (GreenEdge Cycling) s.t.
ita ITA 11 Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago - CSF Inox) s.t.
ita ITA 12 Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 13 Dario Cataldo (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
esp ESP 14 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 15 Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 16 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) s.t.
bel BEL 17 Francis De Greef (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.
uzb UZB 18 Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil - DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 19 Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 20 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) s.t.
ita ITA 21 Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil - DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 22 Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
swe SWE 23 Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil - DCM) s.t.
esp ESP 24 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 25 John Gadret (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 26 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
pol POL 27 Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp) s.t.
esp ESP 28 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 29 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Movistar Team) s.t.
ven VEN 30 Jose Humberto Rujano Guillen (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
fra FRA 31 Hubert Dupont (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 32 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha Team) s.t.
col COL 33 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
ita ITA 34 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ita ITA 35 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
aut AUT 36 Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil - DCM) s.t.
col COL 37 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 38 Marzio Bruseghin (Movistar Team) s.t.
aut AUT 39 Thomas Rohregger (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
ita ITA 40 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 41 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 42 Diego Ulissi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
bel BEL 43 Bart De Clercq (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.
esp ESP 44 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 45 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 46 Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
bel BEL 47 Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil - DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 48 Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ned NED 49 Stef Clement (Rabobank) s.t.
ger GER 50 Grischa Niermann (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 51 Amets Txurruka Ansola (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 52 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 53 Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 54 Julien Vermote (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
esp ESP 55 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
svk SVK 56 Martin Velits (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
gbr GBR 57 Ian Stannard (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
bel BEL 58 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana) s.t.
ita ITA 59 Alessandro Ballan (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
cze CZE 60 Roman Kreuziger (Astana) s.t.
est EST 61 Tanel Kangert (Astana) s.t.
sui SUI 62 Oliver Zaugg (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
pol POL 63 Sylwester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 64 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) s.t.
usa USA 65 Christian Vande Velde (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
sui SUI 66 Johann Tschopp (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
lux LUX 67 Fränk Schleck (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 68 Arnaud Demare (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
esp ESP 69 Jose Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 70 Andrey Zeits (Astana) s.t.
fra FRA 71 Sandy Casar (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ven VEN 72 Jackson Jesus Rodriguez Ortiz (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
ita ITA 73 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
bel BEL 74 Serge Pauwels (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
col COL 75 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
lux LUX 76 Ben Gastauer (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
den DEN 77 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.
ita ITA 78 Adriano Malori (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
pol POL 79 Michal Golas (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
aus AUS 80 Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) s.t.
usa USA 81 Peter Stetina (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
ita ITA 82 Francesco Chicchi (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
ita ITA 83 Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
den DEN 84 Jonas Aaen Jørgensen (SaxoBank) s.t.
aus AUS 85 Luke Roberts (SaxoBank) s.t.
ita ITA 86 Cristiano Salerno (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 87 Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
gbr GBR 88 Mark Cavendish (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 89 Evgeni Petrov (Astana) s.t.
por POR 90 Nelson Felipe Santos Oliveira (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 91 Mathieu Perget (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
rus RUS 92 Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) s.t.
ukr UKR 93 Volodymir Gustov (SaxoBank) s.t.
sui SUI 94 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 95 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil - DCM) s.t.
ita ITA 96 Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago - CSF Inox) s.t.
ltu LTU 97 Tomas Vaitkus (GreenEdge Cycling) s.t.
sui SUI 98 Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
fra FRA 99 Francis Mourey (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
esp ESP 100 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha Team) s.t.
ven VEN 101 Carlos Jose Ochoa (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
ita ITA 102 Elia Favilli (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
aus AUS 103 Adam Hansen (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.
bel BEL 104 Jan Bakelants (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 105 Mickael Delage (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
crc CRC 106 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Movistar Team) s.t.
gbr GBR 107 Geraint Thomas (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
gbr GBR 108 Peter Kennaugh (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
blr BLR 109 Branislau Samoilau (Movistar Team) 00:00:59
fra FRA 110 Julien Berard (Ag2r - La Mondiale) 00:01:02
pol POL 111 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - ISD) 00:01:03
ita ITA 112 Paolo Longo Borghini (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:01:19
ita ITA 113 Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago - CSF Inox) s.t.
ita ITA 114 Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
lat LAT 115 Gatis Smukulis (Katusha Team) 00:02:01
ita ITA 116 Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
esp ESP 117 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Katusha Team) 00:02:05
ita ITA 118 Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 00:02:08
ita ITA 119 Simone Ponzi (Astana) 00:02:11
ita ITA 120 Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago - CSF Inox) 00:02:12
ita ITA 121 Pierpaolo De Negri (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
ita ITA 122 Matteo Rabottini (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
bel BEL 123 Nikolas Maes (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
ita ITA 124 Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre - ISD) 00:02:12
cze CZE 125 Jan Barta (Team NetApp) s.t.
sui SUI 126 Reto Hollenstein (Team NetApp) s.t.
blr BLR 127 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) s.t.
slo SLO 128 Gregor Gazvoda (Ag2r - La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 129 Marco Bandiera (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
bel BEL 130 Ben Hermans (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
ita ITA 131 Matteo Tosatto (SaxoBank) 00:02:19
sui SUI 132 Andreas Dietziker (Team NetApp) s.t.
den DEN 133 Mads Christensen (SaxoBank) s.t.
arg ARG 134 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (SaxoBank) s.t.
arg ARG 135 Juan Jose Haedo (SaxoBank) s.t.
den DEN 136 Anders Lund (SaxoBank) 00:02:19
ita ITA 137 Enrico Battaglin (Colnago - CSF Inox) 00:02:33
bel BEL 138 Jens Keukeleire (GreenEdge Cycling) s.t.
can CAN 139 Svein Tuft (GreenEdge Cycling) 00:02:34
pol POL 140 Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil - DCM) s.t.
aus AUS 141 Brett Lancaster (GreenEdge Cycling) 00:02:39
rsa RSA 142 Robert Hunter (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:02:40
jpn JPN 143 Fumiyuki Beppu (GreenEdge Cycling) s.t.
aus AUS 144 Matthew Goss (GreenEdge Cycling) s.t.
nzl NZL 145 Jack Bauer (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:02:40
ita ITA 146 Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team) 00:02:43
nzl NZL 147 Jesse Sergent (Radioshack - Nissan) s.t.
col COL 148 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
ita ITA 149 Stefano Locatelli (Colnago - CSF Inox) 00:02:46
ita ITA 150 Luca Mazzanti (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 00:02:53
ita ITA 151 Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp) 00:03:02
bel BEL 152 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.
bel BEL 153 Dennis Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.
den DEN 154 Alex Rasmussen (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
bel BEL 155 Gaëtan Bille (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.
ita ITA 156 Manuele Boaro (SaxoBank) s.t.
aut AUT 157 Bernhard Eisel (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 158 Adrian Saez De Arregi Egurrola (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 159 Daniele Righi (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fin FIN 160 Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 161 Angelo Pagani (Colnago - CSF Inox) 00:03:28
ita ITA 162 Sacha Modolo (Colnago - CSF Inox) s.t.
ita ITA 163 Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) 00:04:11
ita ITA 164 Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) s.t.
nor NOR 165 Gabriel Rasch (FDJ - BigMat) 00:04:51
can CAN 166 Dominique Rollin (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
bel BEL 167 Sébastien Rosseler (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
kaz KAZ 168 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Astana) s.t.
ned NED 169 Tom Leezer (Rabobank) 00:04:57
ita ITA 170 Marco Coledan (Colnago - CSF Inox) 00:05:14
fra FRA 171 William Bonnet (FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 172 Matteo Bono (Lampre - ISD) 00:05:27
pol POL 173 Michal Kwiatkowski (OmegaPharma - Quick Step) s.t.
pol POL 174 Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 175 Theo Bos (Rabobank) s.t.
rus RUS 176 Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 177 Victor Cabedo Carda (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 178 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ger GER 179 Andreas Schillinger (Team NetApp) s.t.
ger GER 180 Timon Seubert (Team NetApp) s.t.
ita ITA 181 Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
can CAN 182 Christian Meier (GreenEdge Cycling) 00:06:20
usa USA 183 Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
aus AUS 184 Jack Bobridge (GreenEdge Cycling) s.t.
aus AUS 185 Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
ltu LTU 186 Ramunas Navardauskas (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
gbr GBR 187 Jeremy Hunt (Sky Professional Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 188 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ita ITA 189 Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
ned NED 190 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil - DCM) 00:08:00
ned NED 191 Brian Bulgac (Lotto - Belisol) s.t.

General classification after stage 9:

Country Result Name Team Time
can CAN 1 Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin - Barracuda) 36:02:40
esp ESP 2 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha Team) 00:00:09
ita ITA 3 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:15
cze CZE 4 Roman Kreuziger (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:35
esp ESP 5 Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team) s.t.
ita ITA 6 Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:40
ita ITA 7 Damiano Caruso (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:45
ita ITA 8 Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:00:46
lux LUX 9 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:48
ita ITA 10 Eros Capecchi (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:52
col COL 11 Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling) 00:00:53
ita ITA 12 Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD) 00:00:54
ita ITA 13 Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:00:55
col COL 14 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Sky Procycling) 00:01:10
ita ITA 15 Damiano Cunego (Lampre - ISD) 00:01:14
pol POL 16 Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:01:16

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