Sestola - Dutchman Pieter Weening has won the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia on
Sunday following a 172km run from Lugo to Sestola while Australian Cadel
Evans kept the leader's pink jersey.
Weening outsprinted Italian
Davide Malacarne of Europcar after the two men rode in tandem over the
final 15km after breaking away from their escape group.
It was the Orica rider's second stage on this year's race after winning the team time-trial and third of his career in Italy.
Domenico Pozzovivo came home alone in third and 42 seconds behind while
the main pack crossed the line 1min 8secs adrift to comfortably keep
Evans in pink.
Pozzovivo thrived on the final climb and was the
day's biggest winner in the overall rankings as he used his bonus points
to close within 1min 20secs of Evans but still in fourth spot.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran is second at 57secs while Polish rider Rafal Majka remains third at 1min 10sec.
last few days I lost some time after a perfect first week but I'm not
here for the overall rankings," said Weening after his victory.
was a bit tired yesterday but today was a perfect day to do something
nice. I could see I wasn't one of the best climbers so I decided to
attack with 20km to go but (Davide) Malacarne was very strong on the
last climb and I had to wait right until the end to attack," he added.
group of 14 riders including Weening and Malacarne took advantage of a
mass crash in the middle of the peloton around the 40km mark to open up a
gap of just over 7mins before the peloton stepped began reel them in.
the front, the 33-year-old Weening then attacked on his own as the
final ascent came into view before being caught by Malacarne with 15km
The two men led the rest of the original escape group
onto the final hill and led by 1min 40 with 7km to run while the main
pack closed within 3mins 40secs.
Evans' BMC teammates were
controlling proceedings at the front of the peloton before another
pileup in the race for home left several riders injured and struggling
"It wasn't an easy stage," admitted 2011 Tour de France winner Evans.
"But the team did a good job of controlling the race and it's been a good day.
saw in the final climb that the overall contenders have more or less
the same level. I don't see someone capable of making a big difference
on these kinds of climbs and that suits me fine."
The two leaders
rode together up the final climb before the terrain flattened out to
lead to a cat-and-mouse sprint for the line.
Weening, who also won
a stage on the Tour de France in 2005 and won last year's Tour of
Poland, used his experience to burst past the Italian and deprive the
26-year-old what would have been a first ever stage win in his home
Monday will be a rest day.
Results from the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia, over 172km from Lugo to Sestola on Sunday:Stage:
1. Pieter Weening (NED/ORI) 4hr 25min 51sec, 2. Davide Malacarne (ITA/EUC) s.t., 3. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) at 42sec, 4. Diego Ulissi (ITA/LAM) 1min 08sec, 5. Rigoberto Uran (COL/OPQ) 1:08, 6. Wilco Kelderman (NED/BKN) 1:08, 7. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 1:08, 8. Dario Cataldo (ITA/SKY) 1:08, 9. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 1:08, 10. Fabio Duarte (COL/COL) 1:08, 11. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/TRE) 1:08, 12. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 1:08, 13. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 1:08, 14. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 1:08, 15. Wouter Poels (NED/OPQ) 1:08, 16. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 1:08, 17. Maxime Monfort (BEL/LTB) 1:08, 18. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 1:08, 19. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 1:08, 20. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 1:08
1. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 38 hr 49min 34sec, 2. Rigoberto Uran (COL/OPQ) at 0:57sec, 3. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 1:10, 4. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 1:20, 5. Steve Morabito (SUI/BMC) 1:31, 6. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 1:39, 7. Diego Ulissi (ITA/LAM) 1:43, 8. Wilco Kelderman (NED/BKN) 1:44, 9. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 1:45.
10. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/TRE) 1:49, 11. Ivan Basso (ITA/CAN) 2:01, 12. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 2:56, 13. Wout Poels (NED/OPQ) 3:03, 14. Maxime Monfort (BEL/LTB) 3:41, 15. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/OPQ) 3:45, 16. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 4:25, 17. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 4:30, 18. Matteo Rabottini (ITA/NRI) 4:36, 19. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 5:36, 20. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/SKY) 5:42
22. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 6:35, 24. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 6:37, 42. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST) 18:37. 50. Pieter Weening (NED/ORI) 25:00