UAE Team Emirates’ Valerio Conti keeps pink jersey, Primoz Roglic soars at Giro d'Italia

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UAE Team Emirates’ Valerio Conti will remain in the Pink Jersey at the Giro d’Italia, taking it into the first rest day.

Sunday’s stage, a 33.4km Individual Time Trial (ITT) saw Conti finish with a time of 55:26, in what were difficult conditions for all riders. The Italian finished “3:34 behind the stage winner, Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo Visma), who climbed to second place in the General Classification (GC) standings and closes the time gap to Conti, which now sits at “1:50.

There were also positive individual performances from UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc (“1:55) and Diego Ulissi (“2:08) – who finished the stage 12th and 15th respectively, and both climbing in the GC standings.

Commenting on the stage, Conti said: “As planned, I did not take any risks, especially with this unbelievably bad weather. I raced the entire time trial in the pouring rain.

“It was hard to see, I tried to keep focus and to push hard on the climb. My goal was to retain the pink jersey and I achieved it; I made that promise to my team-mates.

“We will spend the rest day in pink, which is great.”

Riders will now take a day to rest, before hopping back on their bikes for Stage 10 on Tuesday morning. The 145km route is almost completely flat and a bunched sprint finish is the most likely outcome.

Stage Nine results

Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo Visma) – 51:52

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) – “11

Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) – “1:00

Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) – “1:55

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) – “2:08

Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) – “3:34

General Classification Standings

Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) – 35:08:32

Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo Visma) – “1:50

Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) – “2:21

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UAE Team Emirates’ Valerio Conti remains in the pink jersey after another tough day at the saddle.

Saturday’s stage saw riders tackle a mammoth 239-kilometre route from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro on the east coast of Italy, and spectators again saw a breakaway go early. They managed to hold off the chasing group until the final 6.5km, where the route started to twist and wind.

It was an anxious finale to the stage, with light rain causing many to question whether it could impact the downhill finish.

The cautious approach to the final hairpins paid off, and a thrilling sprint finish saw Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) cross the line to take the stage win.

Commenting on the stage, Valerio Conti said: “It was a tricky finish today but once again the team did a super job and they kept me out of trouble. Now I will try to relax and rest as much as possible so I can give my best tomorrow in the time trial and honour the pink jersey.”

Stage nine of the Giro d’Italia will see riders tackle their second Individual Time Trial (ITT) across a 34.8 km course, finishing in the province of San Marino.

Stage eight results:

  1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) – 5:43:32
  2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) – s.t.
  3. Pascal Ackermann (Bora–Hansgrohe) – s.t.
  4. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) –s.t.

General Classification standings:

  1. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) – 35:13:06
  2. Jose Rojas (Movistar Team) – 1:32
  3. Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani – CSF) – 1:41

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Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 6 as UAE Team Emirates rider moves into Tour of California GC lead

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UAE Team Emirates’ Tadej Pogacar picked up the Stage 6 win at the Tour of California, a result that gives him the overall lead in the race.

The victory gives Pogacar his first ever UCI WorldTour stage win.

In the General Classification (GC), the Slovenian is 16 seconds ahead of second place Sergio Higuita (EF Education First) heading into the final stage.

Commenting on the day, Pogacar, who is also the leader of the Youth Classification, said: ”It was amazing. Once again my team did a really good job protecting me all day, leading me onto the final climb and supporting me all the way that they could.

“I just did my best in the last five kilometres. I was starting my sprint behind Higuita and he made mistake on last corner and I went through it much faster than him so was able to come around for the win.

“It feels really good. I hope tomorrow I can hold onto the jersey – for sure it would be the biggest win of my career.”

The final stage of the Tour of California takes the peloton 126 kilometres from Santa Clarita to Pasadena where the sprinters will have a final chance to battle it out for a stage win.

Stage 6 results

1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 3:48:49

2 Sergio Higuita (Col) EF Education First s.t.

3 George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma +5″

General Classification

1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 30:01:56

2 Sergio Higuita (Col) EF Education First +16″

3 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-Quick-Step +20″

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