Duo hold station after Giro TT

19 May 2019

Duo hold station after Giro TT

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Giro d’Italia – Stage nine: Riccione – San Marino (time trial), 34.8km

Pavel Sivakov and Tao Geoghegan Hart maintained their general classification efforts at the Giro d’Italia following a soaking wet ninth stage.
 
The 34.8-kilometre time trial featured a tough climb to the finish, with the young Team INEOS duo finishing 24th and 25th respectively, just two seconds apart. That result saw Sivakov unmoved in 26th place overall, with Geoghegan Hart elevated one spot to 31st as the race reaches the first rest day.
 
The weather conditions worsened as the day wore on, but not before Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) registered an unbeatable time of 51 minutes and 52 seconds. The victory moved the Slovenian to 1:50 seconds back on Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates), who was able to comfortably retain his lead on the day.

Eddie Dunbar and Ivan Sosa were the next INEOS riders home, 54th and 71st respectively.
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Pavel Sivakov

Pavel Sivakov

If I look at the numbers it's my best TT so far. When you do that after eight days of racing it's a good sign.
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- Pavel Sivakov

"I'm quite happy with my TT. I think I paced it really well and if I look at the numbers it's my best TT so far. When you do that after eight days of racing it's a good sign. I'm getting better and better every day. I'm happy but of course there are some points where I can improve, for example at the beginning of the stage it was raining heavily and I went really slowly. I took no risks and for sure I lost 15 or 20 seconds. In the end it's not a big difference. I couldn't do much more in terms of performance.

"I don't feel extremely tired heading into the rest day. The week was certainly hard - more stressful I think and more hard in terms of fighting for position every day. The real race will start next week. I just want to keep the focus and doing the same things."

What’s Next?
 
Monday sees a much-deserved rest day for the peloton, with a chance to recover and recoup energy before the second week. Stage 10 on Tuesday arrives in the form of a pan-flat test for the sprinters.
Stage nine result:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 51:52
2. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) +11"
3. Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) +1:00"
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +1:05"
5. Tanel Kangert (EF Education First) +1:10"
24. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +2:47"
25. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team INEOS) +2:49"


Overall standings:

1. Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) 36:08:32
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +1:50"
3. Nans Peters (Ag2r-La Mondiale) +2:21"
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) +2:33"
5. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +2:36"
26. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +6:01"
31. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team INEOS) +6:58"

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