25-year-old Australian Hindley was fastest in the last few 100 meters in the uphill sprint ahead of France’s Romain Bardet and Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz. Mikel Landa (4th) and Joao Almeida (5th) also classified at the same time as the now two-time Giro stage winner.
Leader Juan Pedro Lopez lost contact with the leading group in the middle of the almost 14 km long final climb. But the Spaniard didn’t break and completed the difficult section at his own pace. In the end, Lopez defended the Maglia Rosa with a twelve-second advantage over the Portuguese Almeida. The new overall third is Bardet (0:14 behind).
The big loser of the day was Simon Yates. The Briton, who after the first eight stages was classified fifth overall and was the best of the candidates for overall victory, had to be demolished very early on up to the blockhouse. At the finish, Yates was more than eleven minutes behind.
After the second rest day, the 10th stage of the 105th Tour of Italy follows on Tuesday over 196 km from Pescara to Jesi. (SDA)