Alberto Contador has continued to display his impressive form winning the 8th stage of the Giro D’Italia and taking the Maglia Rosa as a result. The main group was blown to pieces after an massive attack by Contador about 8km out from the finish. Initially, it was responded to by Michele Scarponi and then Jose Rujano joined on as the two passed, but Contador kept the pace so high that Scarponi exploded and fell back to the chasing group.
The main group of favorites looked helpless to respond as each scanned the field to see who was going to chase down the Spaniard, but no one did and instead Vincenzo Nibali did the pacemaking for the group. Impressively, Rujano held Contador’s wheel after two attempts by the Alberto to shake him off. Going into the last two km and the main field was surprisingly docile. John Gadret and Kanstantsin Sivtsov tried a few short attacks but none looked really dangerous.
With 1.2 km remaining Contador surged again, this time letting go of the tiny Venezuelan Rujano, and took the stage win with an impressive margin over his main rivals. Rujano, who battled the entire way up to stay with Contador finished just 4 seconds behind having nearly closed the gap again. Stefano Garzelli lead the select group into the finish narrowly edging Nibali for third, but trailing Contador by 51 seconds.
Stage 9 Top Five
1. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)_____4h54’09”
2. Jose Rujano (Androni)____________+:03″
3. Stefano Garzelli (Acqua e Sapone)__+:50″
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)
5. Roman Kreuziger (Astana)
Full Stage results: Gazzetta official
General Classification after 9 stages
1. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)_____33:03:51
2. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC)_______+:51″
3. Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin)_____+1:19″
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)________+1:21″
5. Michele Scarponi (Lampre)_______+1:28″
Full GC: Gazzetta official