The ninth stage, Savignano sul Rubicone-Cesena, a 35-kilometer time trial, is Remco Eevenepoel who, with an exceptional time, also conquers the pink jersey.

The Belgian rider of Soudal-Quick Step respected the predictions by winning the race with a time of 41'24", at an average of 50.705 km/h, ahead of the British pair of Ineos Grenadiers respectively by 1" and 2" with Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart to complete the podium of the day.

As a result of today's result, the world champion in the road races also regains, as already mentioned, the pink jersey at the expense of the Norwegian Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM), who paid a delay of 1'15 '' from the winner.

A time trial for specialists, this ninth stage, partially conditioned by rain, exciting for the tests of the last starters. A time trial in which Italy felt the forced absence of Filippo Ganna, twice world champion of the specialty, who retired yesterday due to Covid.

Tomorrow the pink race will observe its first day of rest. It resumes on Tuesday with the tenth stage, the Scandiano-Viareggio of 196 kilometers.

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Remco Evenepoel - Giro d'Italia 2023 - stage 9

Eevenepoel: "Sona started too strong"

"I am not satisfied with my test, despite the victory", these are the first words of the Belgian, to the microphones of Rai Sport, after winning this ninth stage.

"I made a mistake starting too strong, I expected to take advantage more in this time trial", concluded Remco Eevenepoel who went to the first half-time with a good 30 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomasclosing the race with only one second less than the Briton

This is the order of arrival of the ninth stage:

1. Remco Evenepoel BEL (Soudal-Quick Step) in 41'24"  

2. Geraint Thomas GBR (Ineos Grenadiers) at 00'01"

3. Tao Geoghegan Hart GBR (Ineos Grenadiers) at 00'02"

4. Stefan Kung SUI at 00'04"

5. Bruno Armirail FRA at 00'08"

6. Primoz Roglic SVN at 00'17"

7. Thymen Arensman NED at 00'24"

8. Aleksandr Vlasov RUS at 00'30"

9. Joao Pedro Almeida POR at 00'35"

10. Damiano Caruso ITA at 00'42"

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106th Giro d'Italia 2023 - Stage 9

The time trial stage Savignano sul Rubicone-Cesena. The textual chronicle