So close for Castroviejo in Giro break

11 Oct 2020

So close for Castroviejo in Giro break

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 9 » San Salvo › Roccaraso, 208km

Jonathan Castroviejo came tantalisingly close to a long-awaited Grand Tour stage victory with second place on stage nine.

On a soaking wet and cold day Castroviejo rode superbly in the breakaway, pushing clear on the Roccaraso summit finish alongside Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling). The INEOS Grenadiers man attempted to ride the Portuguese off his wheel in the steep final metres but was unable to prevent a stinging final attack.

Eventually crossing the line eight seconds back, it marked the second stage in succession where a loyal support rider was narrowly denied a victory at the Giro.

Back in the peloton, Tao Geoghegan Hart enjoyed strong support in the lead-up to the finale and launched a move of his own in the closing stages. The young Brit was able to open out an impressive gap, taking in excess of 20 seconds out of a splintered lead group, finishing sixth on the day and moving up to 17th overall. He sits 2:41" back heading into the first rest day.
Filippo Ganna would give up the blue jersey on the day but spirits were still high

Filippo Ganna would give up the blue jersey on the day but spirits were still high

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- Jonathan Castroviejo

"It was a super hard day and in the end the victory was not possible. With the cold and the rain I never felt super good out there. In the final I was on my limit. I tried from the bottom of the climb but Guerreiro rode well and I couldn't drop him. I knew that in the sprint he was the faster rider. 

"In the last 500 metres I expected more tailwind, but in the end it was a headwind and it was impossible to drop him. In the end I'm happy to be in the battle."
The team rode hard to enliven Gent-Wevelgem

The team rode hard to enliven Gent-Wevelgem

The team were also in action at Gent-Wevelgem where Luke Rowe came home 12th in Flanders.

It was the INEOS Grenadiers who enlivened the race early on, causing a barrage of attacks following the first pass of the Kemmelberg. With Michal Kwiatkowski, Chris Lawless, Owain Doull and Rowe in the mix, the race began to split apart. Doull was unlucky to go down in a crash, with Rowe riding his way to the head of the race.

The lead group split on the final run-in, with Rowe finding himself in the second section. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) claimed victory with a well-timed sprint.