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Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli), despite struggling earlier, has found a second wind and has come across to the leaders. He goes straight to the front. 

Diego Rosa has a go and attacks out of the chase group. He needs to make up 23 seconds to get to the two leaders. 

Rüdiger Selig (Lotto Soudal) has called it a day and abandoned the Giro. 

Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) and Nans Peters (Ag2r Citroën Team) lead the race with a 25 second advantage over their chasers. The peloton is at 2’22”. 

60km to go

This time, Peters gets some daylight and takes Tesfatsion along with him. 

Tesfatsion and Sepúlveda have managed to come back into the group, but Peters goes again! 

As the climb starts, the attacks do also. Nans Peters (Ag2r Citroën Team) puts the pressure on, and drops teammates Natnael Tesfatsion and Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli). 

The leaders have started the official climb – Passo Lanciano. It’s a brutal climb in its own right. 10.3km long with a 7.6 percent average. The maximum is 14 percent. 

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We see Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) moving up in the peloton. The gap is still waning at 2’45”. 

The nerves have started as they start up the penultimate climb.

For the first time, we’re seeing the gap decrease to inside 3 minutes, which means this breakaway is likely doomed. We’ll see! Ineos is doing the damage. 

The peloton is strung out with a 3 minute deficit as they start to jockey for position. 

70km to go

The leaders are on the approach to the base of Passo Lanciano (Cat. 1). 

The race has been in progress for three hours, so it’s time for that average speed update. It’s gone up slightly to 37.4kph after that long downhill section into the valley. 

75km to go

What a beautiful road surface the riders are on! I’m sure the pros have other things on their minds, however. Maybe the summit of Passo Lanciano (Cat. 1) coming up in 33km. 

Results of the first intermediate sprint at Filetto (103.5km):

1. Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) 

2. Felix Gall (Ag2r Citroën Team) 

3. Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan Team) 

4. Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) 

5. Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) 

6. Filippo Zana (Bardiani CSF Faizanè) 

7. Nans Peters (Ag2r Citroën Team) 

8. Jonathan Caicedo (EF Education – EasyPost) 

The peloton rolled though the intermediate sprint point with a gap of 3’30”. We still have plenty of climbing to come. 

Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) makes a move to nab the 12 points in the ciclamino competition. There’s no interest from the rest of the breakaway group. 

“I’m pretty motivated. Obviously we have Carapaz here who is also motivated. I think its going to be the first real GC battle up to Blockhaus. We’ll assess the situation when we’re there, but we’re all in for Richard. He can perhaps do something today. If the foot’s on the throat then you go for it.” ~ Richie Porte (Ineos)

The leaders are inside 5km to go to the first intermediate sprint of the day. The gap to the peloton is 4’34” with 93km to go.

Despite what we reported earlier, an updated weather report at Blockhaus indicates it should stay warm and sunny. That’s a relief! 

Jonathan Castroviejo is the first rider from Ineos Grenadiers to move to the front of the peloton. He’s helping Trek with the pace setting. 

95km to go

The gap is up to 5 minutes again as they ride through the valley. The leaders have travelled 95km and almost at the halfway point. 

10km to go until Filetto, where the leaders will see the first intermediate sprint. 

It looks like we’re in a holding pattern as the riders mentally and physically ready themselves for what’s to come. The gap is still 4’30” to the nine up ahead. 

100km to go

There’s still about 20km to go until the first intermediate sprint of the day. 

Here’s a look at the stage map. The riders are heading north with almost 5,000m of climbing along the way.

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The gap to the leaders: Felix Gall (ACT), Joe Dombrowski (AST), Jonathan Caicedo (EFE), Nans Peters (ACT), James Knox (QST), Natnael Tesfatsion (DRA), Diego Rosa (EOK), Filippo Zana (BCF) and Eduardo Sepúlveda (DRA) is 4’30” with 110km to go.

110km to go

An average speed update coming your way! After two hours of racing, the speed averages out at 36.5kph. 

Let’s take a look back at yesterday’s stage again when Thomas De Gendt won in Naples. Here’s more about the 35-year-old’s victory, 10 years after he won on the Stelvio. De Gendt delivers breakaway masterclass for second Giro d’Italia stage win

We have three riders from Trek-Segafredo leading the peloton, with Team DSM following. The gap is still 4’45”.

Joe Dombrowski is the oldest rider up the road today. He’s 31 years old, which is a little strange to write considering he’s been a talent for so long. They grow up so fast! 

The downhill section continues and the situation remains the same. The leaders have about 37km to go before they reach the first intermediate sprint at Filetto.

125km to go

We’re at km 60 and they’re rolling down a long, gradual descent off of Roccaraso.

The gap to the Trek-Segafredo led peloton is holding at five minutes. 

130km to go

De Gendt: “I even doubted whether I would come to the start of this Giro in good shape. But this victory proves that I’m back at it. This stage reminded me of the stage in Barcelona during the Volta a Catalunya. The succession of climbs where it is difficult to recover suits me well, so I rode a tight pace up all the time to not really give anyone a rest.”

Remember yesterday’s chaotic and action-packed stage? Here’s what stage winner Thomas De Gendt had to say about his victory: “I really had a great day and with three teammates in the breakaway we could play a bit” De Gendt said. “We played it out perfectly. Due to illness and bad luck, I wasn’t able to perform the way I wanted the last few years and that’s why this win feels maybe even more special than the one on the Stelvio.”

The pace has slowed enough to let all of the dropped sprinters back into the bunch. 

Jacopo Mosca (Trek – Segafredo) has been doing a ton of work for the team’s maglia rosa this past week. He’s back at the front again, pacing the peloton.

Today’s stage is a special one for riders Dario Cataldo and Guilo Ciccone. Read about the unique relationship between the riders here: The Abruzzo connection – Cataldo and Ciccone come full circle at Giro d’Italia by Barry Ryan

It’s another pleasant day at the Giro, with temperatures at 20 degrees celsius under sunny skies. That could all change when they reach Blockhaus, as we’re hearing they’re getting some weather on the mountain. 

Trek-Segafredo is really allowing this gap to grow. It’s ballooned out to 5’45” with 149km to go. 

Results of the third KOM at Roccaraso – Cat 2 (37.6km):

1. Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) 

2. Felix Gall (Ag2r Citroën Team) 

3. Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) 

4. Nans Peters (Ag2r Citroën Team) 

5. Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan Team) 

150km to go

And that’s another 18 points to Rosa toward the maglia azzurra competition. That will boost him up to virtual second. 

Rosa attacks the breakaway just before the GPM line. It’s obvious what he’s after today! Lots of points on offer today in the King of the Mountains classification. 

The Roccaraso climb is 7.7km long, and averages six percent, topping out at 10 percent. 

The breakaway’s advantage is growing to 4’50” with 155km to go

155km to go

In the first hour of racing, the average pace is 33.7kph. 

We’re 35km into the race, and already so much has happened. The break of 9 is currently climbing Roccaraso (Cat. 2) and the peloton is holding a 4’30” gap. It’s settling down for the moment. 

Diego Rosa was the breakaway instigator at the start of today’s stage. 

BLOCKHAUS ITALY MAY 15 Diego Rosa of Italy and EoloKometa Cycling Team competes during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 9 a 191km stage from Isernia to Blockhaus 1664m Giro WorldTour on May 15 2022 in Blockhaus Italy Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

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Felix Gall is the rider who’s highest on GC at 6’48” so the peloton will be happy to have this group up the road. 

Breakaway: Felix Gall (ACT), Joe Dombrowski (AST), Jonathan Caicedo (EFE), Nans Peters (ACT), James Knox (QST), Natnael Tesfatsion (DRA), Diego Rosa (EOK), Filippo Zana (BCF) and Eduardo Sepúlveda (DRA).

The chasers just made contact with the leaders, so now we have a group of nine with a 4’30” advantage over the peloton. 

The bunch has really eased off now. The gap to the leaders is 4’10. Many riders who were dropped earlier have made it back in. 

The leaders are inside 5km to the base of Roccaraso. The trio have just a 15 second advantage over a chase group of six. 

165km to go

Joe Dombrowski (AST) and Natnael Tesfatsion (DRA) have made contact with Diego Rosa (EOK) with 167km to go. 

Our next KOM point comes in another 13.5km at Roccaraso (Cat.2). 

And here are the results of the second KOM that we just passed at Rionero Sannitico – 17.8km (Cat 3):

1. Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) 

2. Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan Team) 

3. Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) 

4. Felix Gall (Ag2r Citroën Team) 

Things are happening so fast we haven’t updated you on the first KOM results. Here they are:

Results of the first KOM at Valico del Macerone at 4.3km (Cat. 3):

1. Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal) 

2. Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) 

3. Natnael Tesfatsion (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) 

4. Luca Covili (Bardiani CSF Faizanè) 

Here’s the current race situation: With 174km to go, Diego Rosa (EOK) is leading solo with Joe Dombrowski (AST) and Natnael Tesfatsion (DRA) at 30 seconds. The second chase group includes Felix Gall (ACT), Jonathan Caicedo (EFE), Nans Peters (ACT), James Knox (QST), Filippo Zana (BCF) and Eduardo Sepúlveda (DRA) and they’re at 1 minute. The peloton is 2’30” behind. 

Bilbao is being seen by the medical car. 

It looks like the peloton is easing off a bit. 

176km to go – Callum Scotson (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) and Jorge Arcas (Movistar Team) are the other two names we saw go down. It looked like a touch of wheels.

Crash! Pello Bilbao is involved along with Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious). 

The peloton is a further 1’07” behind with 177.6km to go.

Rosa has 20 seconds on a chase group of two –  Joe Dombrowski (AST) and Natnael Tesfatsion (DRA).

So We have Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) as our solo leader, but attacks are coming fast and furious out of the peloton, and we’ve only gone 15km so far. 

Now three leaders, Natnael Tesfatsion (DRA), Diego Rosa (EOK) and Matthew Holmes (LTS). They have 23 seconds on their chasers – a group that includes the KOM leader, Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma).

It’s Davide Villella (COF), Merhawi Kudus (EFE), Luca Covili (BCF), Jaakko Hänninen (ACT), Natnael Tesfatsion (DRA), Diego Rosa (EOK), Filippo Zana (BCF) and Matthew Holmes (LTS) who are the first to attack.

And we have an official race start! Already it’s a fast start on the first climb. Lots of attacks including one from the KOM leader, 

The riders have a 3.4km neutral zone before they see the flag drop for the race proper. 

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage of Stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia! It’s going to be a huge day for the GC favourites today, and we’re just about to get started. 

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