UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc maintained his lead in the Mountains Classification at the end of the ninth stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia on Sunday.
The brutal Blockhaus climb was conquered by Nairo Quintana (Movistar) making him the General Classification leader.
The UAE outfit have a day off racing after nine hard stages and 1,667 km, as Monday will see the second rest day of the Giro before stage ten begins in Foligno.
Stage ten is a hilly Individual Time Trial on a route between Foligno and Montefalco and is the first of two at the Giro d’Italia. At 39.8km, the riders cover an undulating route with the last 4.5 kilometres going slightly uphill.
General Classification after Stage Nine
1 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 42:06:09
2 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 0:00:28
3 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 0:00:30
15 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) 00:04:46
18 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) 00:05:52
Mountains Classification after Stage Nine
1 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) Points = 44
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) Points = 35
3 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) Points = 27
Teams Classification after Stage Nine
3 UAE Team Emirates
Emirati rider Yousif Mirza has vowed to give his best on his WorldTour debut after he was named in UAE Team Emirates’ seven-man squad for the Amgen Tour of California.
The 28-year-old will line up in the race, which begins on Sunday, alongside colleagues Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Marko Kump, Vergad Stake Laengen, Kristjian Durasek, Federico Zurlo and Andrea Guardini.
For Mirza, who became the first road cyclist to represent the UAE at the 2016 Olympic Games, is looking forward to testing himself.
“This will be my first WorldTour tour and I will do my best to give all my support to the team,” he said. “The weather is wonderful in California and just ideal for cycling. We are ready to take on the Tour of California and looking for some stage wins.”
— @UAE-TeamEmirates (@TeamUAEAbuDhabi) May 13, 2017
The seven-stage race starts in Sacramento on Sunday with the course involving sprints, a mountain climb and an individual time trial before the grand finish in Pasadena on May 20.
Marco Scirea, sporting director of UAE Team Emirates, said: “Our goal in this race is for our young riders to gain experience as well as some great results.
“For the first time the Tour of California is now part of the UCI WorldTour calendar and it is important that the team does well. Our confirmed line up for this race is strong as we have riders like Consonni, for the sprint, Ganna for the Individual Time Trial and Durasek for the General Classification.”
World champion Peter Sagan, winner of the 2015 edition, of Bora-Hansgrohe will be aiming to add more honours to his CV, while the field also includes two-time defending Dubai Tour champion Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and Team Sky’s Elia Viviani.
UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc was the first rider from the peloton to crest the only categorised climb of the day during stage seven of the Giro d’Italia.
The Polish rider will defend the maglia azzurra (the blue jersey) once more in stage eight after extending his overall lead in the mountains classification.
Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) won stage seven after a three-up sprint whilst Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floor) continues to lead in the general classification.
Stage eight begins in Molfetta and ends 189 km later in the tourist town of Peschici with a steep uphill finish. For the climbers, there is a category 2 (Mt. Saint Angelo) and category 4 (Coppa Santa Tecla) climb after 84km of relatively flat riding alongside the Adriatic Sea.
Mountains Classification after Stage Six
1 Cannondale 85h 03′ 15”
2 UAE Team Emirates +5”
3 Movistar +32”
General Classification after Stage Seven:
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 33:56:07
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky +10
3 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott
17 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +46s