The stage of the day at the Giro: the mountain examines the leader

Four ports in the Abruzzo area, with a high end at Roccaraso, will measure the reliability of the leader, Portuguese Joao Almeida, and the ambition of the applicants.


Follow stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia live

The Giro d'Italia reaches its climax in this first week of competition. An opportunity in the mountains of Abruzzo to measure the reliability of the leader, the Portuguese Joao Almeida, in a day with four ports. These are Lanciano (a first category of 12.4 km at 7% still 100 km from the finish line) and three ports linked in the last 50 km: San Leonardo (14.4 km at 4.3%), Sant'Antonio (9.4 km at 5.1%) and the high end in Roccaraso (9.6 km at 5.7%, with the hardest at the end, on its ramps of up to 12%). 444 444

Plenty of land to test the Portuguese pink jersey and a Deceuninck a priori not prepared for the high mountains. Among the candidates to unseat him is the Spanish Pello Bilbao (Bahrain), who is 43 ". Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), who is 49" and has shown an offensive side, is also within reach. However, everyone will be watching Vincenzo Nibali (at 1:01), at the moment the runner who is putting the most intentions. Fuglsang (at 1:19) and Kruijswijk (at 1:23), other big names expected to show their cards.

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