Australian Hindley beats Carapaz to win Giro stage nine | More sports news

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BLOCKHAUS (Italy): Australian Jai Hindley of Bora-Hansgrohe won the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, a grueling 187-kilometre race between Isernia and Blockhaus, ahead of 2019 champion Richard Carapaz.
After negotiating a series of difficult climbs, Eritrean Natnael Tesfatsion and local favorite Diego Rosa broke free from the peloton with 50 kilometers to go, but a spectacular crash by Tesfatsion in the Passo Lanciano ended his race.
The peloton quickly closed the gap and a large group formed, led by Ineos Grenadiers, with 15 kilometers to go, as they got their man, the Ecuadorian Carapaz, into position.
Carapaz was joined by five others in a sprint finish, before Romain Bardet, Carapaz and Hindley crossed the line together, Hindley slamming into the air after claiming his second Giro stage victory ahead of Bardet in second and Carapaz third.
A daring ride by Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez, his country’s first rider to wear the pink jersey since Alberto Contador in 2015, kept him at the top of the overall standings.
Frenchman Bardet moved up to third place overall, 14 seconds behind Lopez, with Carapaz fourth at 15 seconds. Hindley is fifth, 20 seconds off the pace.
The Giro takes a break on Monday, before returning on Tuesday with stage 10 – a 194 kilometer route from Pescara to Jesi.
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