Jai Hindley wins Stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia. Juan Pedro Lopez defends the Maglia Rosa

Jai Hindley wins Stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia. Juan Pedro Lopez defends the Maglia Rosa

Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) has won stage 9 of the 105th Giro d’Italia, the 191km-long Isernia-Blockhaus. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) finished second and third, respectively.

Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Trek-Segafredo) retains the Maglia Rosa.

STAGE RESULTS
1 – Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) – 191km in 5h’34’44, average speed 34.236km/h
2 – Romain Bardet (Team DSM) s.t.
3 – Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Trek-Segafredo)
2 – Joao Pedro Almeida Goncalves (UAE Team Emirates) at 12″
3 – Romain Bardet (Team DSM) at 14”

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Jai Hindley, said: “I wasn’t feeling well the whole climb so I just tried to survive. I knew it was flattening a bit in the last kilometres. I also knew I had to take the last curve in first place. Then I gave it all. I went through hard times last year so… winning here… I’m lost for words.”

The Maglia Rosa,Juan Pedro Lopez Perez, said: “I want to say sorry to Sam Oomen because after we touched each other and I had to put one foot on the ground, I threw my bottle. When I came to my first Giro I didn’t expect to have the Maglia Rosa so it was hard to believe my soigneur who told me that I still have it. I’m very tired but luckily I have a rest day tomorrow.”