Stage 9 Time Trial Plays Out in Tough Conditions15. May 2016, Chianti (ITA) — Road Team
The second individual time trial on Stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia was slated as an important stage for the General Classification contenders, even more so with the wet and slippery conditions that caused havoc on the course.
The early riders enjoyed relatively dry conditions which become progressively worse as rider after rider rolled down the start ramp, with eventual heavy rain and hail creating difficult conditions on the course.
Stefan Küng was hoping to make amends for the opening time trial where a crash ruined his chance of victory, but the slippery conditions saw him cross the line with the seventh-fastest time.
Quotes of the Day
“There was so much water on the road when I was on the course. I think it was five centimeters deep in some sections and then it started hailing at one point. When we did the recon of the course we had identified different sections and corners where I could go full gas but in the end you couldn’t at all, because you had to constantly sit up and stay safe. When you’re going 45 kilometers an hour on a dry road you don’t even think about it and just tuck into a good position, but when it’s wet you feel your wheels slipping and you can’t go as hard as you would like.”
“I ride time trials with no socks and my shoes were just full of water. There’s nothing you can do when you have conditions like this. I think there were times when I had to slow down to 20 kilometers an hour just to get around a corner safely, so you lose so much time. You lose focus when you know that you are losing time, so it really wasn’t ideal for anyone.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“More than anything it is a real shame that the conditions became so bad, not just for us, but for all of the teams with riders hoping to do well. We did a recon of the course early in the morning when the road was dry and it was a completely different race. When you do a time trial and can’t go in a straight line for more than 200 meters that tells you what it was like.”
“Stefan still did a great job to safely manoeuvre his way around the course and come home in seventh place, but we know he could have produced a better time had the conditions been different. It was the same for everyone though. It’s a wasted opportunity when the weather plays such a role in determining the outcome of a race, but that’s cycling!”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 9 Chianti - Chianti (40.5km)
Top 3: Primoz Roglic (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling), Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM Cyling)
Top 3 BMC Racing Team:
7. Stefan Küng
70. Daniel Oss
99. Manuel Quinziato
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