Castroviejo is left without a prize at the Portuguese Giro festival

The Spaniard from Ineos reached the finish line with Rubén Guerreiro (EF), who beat him on the sprint. Almeida struggled in the end, but the lack of movement allowed him to hold out in pink.


Jonathan Castroviejo came close to victory on the 9th stage of the Giro. The versatile Ineos runner, no longer a clear leader after Geraint Thomas retired, got loose on the way to Roccaraso and showed his quality, that which he almost always uses in the service of the British team leaders. This time he was free to join the breakout of the day, made up of eight runners, which was blown up when the Basque attacked on the final climb. The problem is that Rubén Guerreiro, a brave Portuguese cyclist who had not managed to capture his potential in the record, did hold his wheel. This time he was able to finish off a Castroviejo who could not beat him in the rainy goal of Roccaraso.

It was the outcome of this very Portuguese Giro, which Joao Almeida will continue to lead. The Deceuninck runner was able to hold the lead due to the lack of movement among the favorites. Nibali's Trek and Kelderman's Sunweb threatened to make things difficult for him. However, nobody moved until the last kilometers, which uncovered the cards: neither the Italian was doing so well nor the Dutch, who was strong in the final meters, had the necessary ambition to make a riskier bet. The general, yes, tightens even more, with Kelderman at 30 "and a Pello Bilbao now third at 39" behind the pink jersey.

Emotion was always ahead since Castroviejo and Guerreiro left with Warbasse, Kilian, O'Connor, Visconti and Bjerg, who joined shortly after. The group went ahead more than 120 km and they played the victory in the ascent to Roccaraso. Castroviejo, who had controlled the movements of his fleeing companions, launched his attack more than six kilometers from the goal, with the only response from Guerreiro.

Despite the good pace of the Basque, the Portuguese held his wheel aware that he had a change of pace that he used to make his debut in a big one. A Giro that for the moment speaks Portuguese before arriving this Monday for the tense rest day, in which the PCR controls, after the worrying positive of Simon Yates, will dictate whether he can continue the race normally.

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