Stage nine time trial brings 14th place for Rafal Majka and movement in the GC at the Giro d’Italia
The 34.8 km-long ninth stage from Riccione, on the Adriatic coast, to the small state of San Marino, brought with it the second individual time trial of the Giro d’Italia. Initially the route ran along the coast before the riders reached the border to San Marino. After 22km came a climb with an average slope of 4.5 per cent, in one section of even 11 per cent. After a short descent, the course climbed again in the last two kilometres, before reaching the finish line in San Marino. At around midday the first rider took to the start of the individual time trial and set a bench mark of 59:36 minutes for the riders to come. Shortly after his arrival at the finish, it began to rain heavily and the riders had to contend with a more difficult road surface. The first BORA - hansgrohe rider to roll out of the start house was Cesare Benedetti who started the race against the clock 40 minutes later and completed the course in 58:50, followed by teammates Rudi Selig and Michael Schwarzmann. At this time, the European time trial champion V. Campernaerts had set a new best time of 52:03. Pascal Ackermann, the leader of the points classification, started his race shortly afterwards and took 58:39 minutes to complete the course, setting the the best performance of any BORA-hansgrohe rider yet. Pawel Poljanski subsequently reached the finish line in 59:00 minutes while Jay McCarthy arrived in 56:50 minutes. Rafal Majka and Davide Formolo, who were both placed in the top-20 in the General Classification, started as some of the last riders in the field. The Polish BORA - hansgrohe rider needed 53:56 minutes to complete the time trial while his Italian teammate took 54:44 minutes to arrive at the finish. At the end of the day, P. Roglic won the race against the clock with a time of 51:52 minutes, with Rafal taking 14th place was the best rider of the squad from Raubling. After his ride today he now sits in 18th position In the general classification while Davide is placed 17th, both more than four minutes behind the current leader.
01 P. Roglic 51:52
02 V. Campernaerts +0:11
03 B. Mollema +01:00
14 R. Majka +02:04
From the finish line
"On the wet and slippery roads I did not want to take many risks, particularly in the curves, and there were a lot of corners today. I was riding the whole time in the rain and I started with full rain as well, and this was certainly not an ideal situation. But all in all I am still satisfied with my result."
- Rafal Majka
“After the first nine stages, our tally at the Giro d’Italia has been outstanding, with two stage wins, three third places and seven days in the points jersey. Our two GC riders had to take on today’s time trial in very difficult weather, which were, with 11 degrees and pouring rain, very unfavourable. Despite that, Davide and Rafal put in a solid performance and are in a good position for the upcoming mountain stages.”
- Jens Zemke, Sports Director