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2016 Giro d'Italia - Stage 9: Chianti ITT, 40.5 km

Who is gonna take the jersey?

  • Brambilla will keep it

    Votes: 8 6.6%
  • Zakarin

    Votes: 21 17.2%
  • Kruijswijk

    Votes: 19 15.6%
  • Valverde

    Votes: 18 14.8%
  • Nibali

    Votes: 12 9.8%
  • Chaves

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Uran

    Votes: 10 8.2%
  • Domoulin

    Votes: 29 23.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 5 4.1%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Poll incoming...

Eshnar said:
STAGE 9: Radda in Chianti – Greve in Chianti 40.5 km ITT

Stage start: 12.35 CET, 15 May



Technical Overview:
The Giro continues its trend of wine-themed time trials with a twisty, rolling ITT set in the Chianti area. With its moderate length and complicated terrain, this TT will help the climbers limit their losses with respect to the specialists. The biggest hamper to the specialists will be the almost complete absence of straights: the course is filled with bends and hairpins, making it look strikingly similar to the first sector of the Saltara 2013 ITT. The terrain is not as hard as it looks however, as the profile has been “doped”, to make it look hillier than it really is, by stretching the altitude axis. Over the whole course there are only a few ramps that go beyond 5%. For example, the final hill measures 4.9 km at an average of 3.6%, with the first 3.5 km at an average of 4.5%... it is quite easy really.. Furthermore, the final ramp of the same hill, the one that ends in Panzano in Chianti, does not exist. I have no clue how they managed, but they messed it up, just look at the altitudes: a gain of 11m over 1.3 km... less than 1%. And before you ask, yes, the altitudes are correct, it is the profile that is wrong. Apart from this geeky remark, the final descent is very gentle but technical just as all the stage is.


What to expect:
The specialists to do their thing, and the best bike handlers between the GC guys to do extraordinarily well (I'm thinking about Nibali and Valverde). Gaps will not be too big, though. The winner will make it in around 55'.

damian13ster said:
Damn, that's a lot of turns. Unfortunately it means significant time loss for Majka. Nibali and Valverde should do great. Zakarin, Chaves, Lands are a mystery to me. No clue what to expect. Really exciting!

I think he will take a bit more risks tomorrow... He can't afford to lose too much time. Hope he somehow finds his 2014 Giro TT form. Then he should be fine...
Voted for Valverde to take the pink, but it could as easily go to Nibali. Dumoulin's effort today could well cost him the stage win tomorrow. Also decent TTers and good bike handlers like Bala or NIbali are likely to limit their losses against him quite well and not let him take the maglia rosa again.

Zakarin has this year been much better at climbing than TT-ing, and is not a particularly excellent bike handler. As such I don't believe he ends up in pink tomorrow evening.