Giro d’Italia: Stage 9 reactions
Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo): “It was the first time that I had done a time trial of more than 10km”
“After approximately ten kilometres, I lost my computer and my bottle. I indicated to my sport director to pick my computer but I’m not sure if he understood what I was telling him. I also lost motivation and I decided to take it easy. But I was feeling fantastic uphill so I just pushed and pushed for the fun of it. I was really slow and unlucky at the beginning but very fast and lucky at the end because I only felt a drop or two while the riders after me got the pouring rain. This is strange, very strange.
I didn’t expect it, I was just trying to do my best. In the end, I had some luck with the weather and that was it. It was the first time that I had done a time trial of more than 10km and it was fun. It was all the time up and down, left and right. I had luck with the weather and I could just do my best.”
Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step): “I had nothing to lose”
“I’m really happy actually. Today was different of course, it was difficult to defend the pink jersey. I rested well last night, I woke up well. When I started my time trial I had nothing to lose. I had my pink jersey on and I had my stage and I’ll do my best to defend it.
I also tried today to go maybe not as fast as I could but my descent was ok. The last turn was very difficult because I saw riders crashing earlier in the day. It was wet and slippery but by a second I managed to keep it.
Yesterday I expended a lot of of energy in the breakaway. I attacked and I went full gas all day. It was the same today: alone again, full gas again and nothing to lose. Everything went well. I kept the Maglia Rosa. Until now everything has gone well in the Giro. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana): “I didn’t want to take any risks in the final part”
“My sensations were good, I was pedalling well on the climbs but I was very careful not to take risks on the descents because I could feel my rear wheel slipping in the wet and I didn’t want to end up on the ground.”
“I went flat out on the first climb and I was a few seconds up but I didn’t want to take any risks in the final part. It was very nervous on the descent but I think I did a good time trial,” he said. “I had to take the last corner very gently, too.”
“Landa went strongly. Certainly compared to last year he’s going a lot stronger in the time trial. He’s clearly growing in form and in the final week he’s going to be a contender for the win overall. Today showed that he’s already going very well.”
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): “My legs feel very good”
“I did the time trial in pretty much the same time as rivals like Nibali and Landa, and I’ve managed to put distance some distance between myself and some very important contenders, like [Rigoberto] Urán (Cannondale), [Ilnur] Zakarin (Katusha) and Estaban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge);” Valverde said later.
“It was a very difficult route, with two or three really tricky, dangerous corners, but I came through it OK. I’m also very pleased for Andrey [Amador], it gives Movistar two riders to use in the overall. My legs feel very good, and hopefully I’ll go on feeling the same after the rest day, too.”
Mikel Landa (Sky): “I’m very optimistic for the days to come”
“It went really well, losing so little time to a specialist like Dumoulin is really important, and I’m very optimistic for the days to come. I’ve come out of this time trial with my overall position a lot stronger.”
“I haven’t been feeling so great in the last few days with the heat, but yesterday I took a little step forwards and today things have gone even better.”
“I didn’t want to be optimistic or pessimistic until this stage was over, but it’s gone well and there’s a lot of the Giro to come. There had been a lot of talk about how much time I would lose on this stage, and very little about how much I could take, but in fact it’s been a very good stage.”
Matthias Brändle (IAM): “Today I was powered by a sense of revenge”
“I am very happy for myself and for the team. I didn’t do as well in my prologue as I wanted (9th). So today, I was powered by a sense of revenge. After previewing the course, I did a perfect warm-up, and immediately found a good rhythm.”
“The ten seconds that cost me the victory are easy to find,” explained Matthias Brändle. “Roglic is a few kilos lighter than me, and on that last climb, I was just not able to compete with him. But I have no regrets because I was still able to race over perfectly dry roads.”
Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo): “You win you lose that is just how it is”
“I did a good time trial performance-wise, I had good sensations, I calculated good, but I didn’t have enough power,” Cancellara said. “Maybe it was my condition, maybe the sickness…I don’t know it could be a lot of things. I just did my best, what I could, and the rest is just racing. You win you lose that is just how it is.
“It was a tough one, a hard one, and not maybe the nicest one for my style of racing. In the end, I paid a bit for trying to gain on the rider I saw in front of me. I went a bit over the edge and then I paid the price, but in the end, I could manage in the downhill to recover a bit. That’s how it is. I knew it was my last [stage], so I did it all-in.”
Rafal Majka (Tinkoff): “It was a hard time trial and the rain made it even tougher”
“I think I did my best today. It was a hard time trial and the rain made it even tougher. I was going pretty well in the climbs but lost some time on the descents as I wasn’t risking it on the slippery roads. I didn’t lose too much overall and I’m still in the top ten so it was quite a good day.”
The Polish team leader continued. “We still have a long way to go and I hope my shape will keep improving. It is important to put on a strong performance in the last week. Tomorrow will not be a complete rest day as I will turn the legs over so that I feel better in the coming days.”
Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida): “I didn’t want to risk”
“I didn’t want to risk and play everything for, in a fraction in which I knew that specialists and men of the standings could give me detachment. I am happy however about the feelings that I felt, because I feel that the legs continues to be good and I am confident for the next stages of the Giro. Tomorrow there will be a day of rest which will help us to dispose of a little bit of water absorbed today and will allow us to recharge a little the batteries”