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2017 Giro d'Italia
Note: This thread may contain a spoiler. Do not read further until you have seen the stage for yourself or have no objection to a spoiler.
Stage Nine Review
Stage Nine from Montenero di Bisaccia and up Blockhaus proved, as expected, to be a key stage in this year's race. Nairo Quintana and Tom Dumoulin came out looking very good. Nibali has some work to do after Quintana's show of dominance on the Blockhaus climb, having ceeded over a full minute to the younger Colombian on GC.
And Sky saw it's Giro dream destroyed by a crash when the Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) clipped a parked police moto and took down both Thomas (Sky) and Landa (Sky) with him just as the peloton was hitting the Blockhaus climb. Hard to blame the moto here, the peloton just rode too close and Kelderman became boxed-in and had no where to go. Should the peloton have slowed down for Thomas and Landa? You start climbing the Blockhaus and decide if slowing down is a realistic option!
Although there are ten men in my top ten here, pundits now believe it's really only about the top five or six from here on out:
General Classification Top Ten:
1) Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
2) Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 0’ 28”
3) Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) 0’ 30”
4) Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) 0' 51"
5) Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 1' 10"
6) Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2R-La Mondiale) 1' 28"
7) Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) 2' 28"
8) Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) 2' 45"
9) Andrey Amador (Movistar) 2' 53"
10) Duthman Kruijswijk (Lotto NL-Jumbo) 3' 06"
Stage Ten (ITT): Foligno - Montefalco, 39,8 km
Today, our Maglia Rosa, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will have one mission: Control the bleeding!
Names to watch are Jungels, Dumoulin, Nibali and Quintana. This is a highly technical TT route with plenty of chances for a catastrophic mistake. The winner will be more than fast, he will be a skilled TTbike handler.
According to the press, prior to his better than expected performance climbing the Blockhaus, Tom Dumoulin had put all his eggs in the TT basket – should he fall short here – the second spot on the podium in Milano might be all he can realistically aspire to.
Jungels will want his pink jersey back and has the skills to take this stage, but by how much over the reigning Maglia Rosa and Dumoulin? Nibali might be able to make up a chunk of lost time on Quintana, but will he fall further behind Dumoulin in the process?
This is going to be a nailbiter.
My call: Jungels for the stage win and Dumoulin for the pink jersey. Quintana gives up the Maglia Rosa briefly and his team gets off-the-hook during the next stage.
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