Primoz Roglic gave LottoNL-Jumbo a stage win today in the Giro d’Italia’s Chianti time trial. The Slovenian went 10 seconds faster than Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) over 40.5 kilometres, before the rain came down to slow a number of the later finishers.
16 May 2016 - 10:54 AM  UPDATED 16 May 2016 - 5:46 PM

Primoz Roglic gave LottoNL-Jumbo a stage win today in the Giro d’Italia’s Chianti time trial. The Slovenian went 10 seconds faster than Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) over 40.5 kilometres, before the rain came down to slow a number of the later finishers.

Roglic, who finished a fraction of a second behind the winner in the opening time trial in Apeldoorn, could not be stopped today.

“Awesome,” the former ski jumper said. “This victory still comes as a surprise for me, but I was more self-confident after that first stage. I felt strong and knew that I would have a chance if I was able to give everything.

“A time trial is a fight against yourself, you have to control yourself. That comes quite close to ski jumping. That didn’t mean that I immediately knew that time trials suited me, but it seems to be so.”

“Roglic has a lot of power,” Sports Director Jan Boven added. “We did some tests with him, as well. He made the difference in the second part of today’s time trial. He delivered some steady and quick descents and was very strong on the final climb. During the last descent, he won another eight seconds on his main competitors.”

It was a strong day for the rest of the team as well, with the squad's general classification rider Steven Kruiswijk in fourth overall and looking comfortable as he heads into the second rest day.

Behind Roglic, Jos van Emden, Maarten Tjallingii, Martijn Keizer and Steven Kruijswijk finished eighth, ninth, 16th and 21st, respectively.

Monday 16 May 2016

Which riders stole a march on their rivals in the time trial this time? We run through some of the best performers on a wet day in Chianti.

Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) 1st overall, 17th on stage: After a superb ride to take the jersey yesterday, Brambilla managed to hang on by the barest of margins over team-mate Bob Jungels to stay in pink for another day. Whilst obviously ecstatic, there were some mixed emotions for Brambilla at the finish.

“It was a demanding, technical and difficult ITT, and all that I can say now is that I’m very happy. I came at the start very relaxed and confident, as I was thinking of giving my all, while also staying safe. I am happy for having the opportunity of spending at least one more day in the maglia rosa, but I’m also sad for Bob, because I know how he’s feeling."

 

“I’m definitely happy with today’s result. I have no regret that I miss out on the Maglia Rosa because a team-mate of mine has it. It’s rare in a Grand Tour that two riders from the same team occupy the first two spots after so much racing.

"I’m especially happy regarding the weather conditions. I was riding under a pouring rain. I had to be careful in the curves but without losing too much time. I made a pretty good impression. I gave it all."

Andrey Amador (Movistar) 3rd overall, 10th on stage: Andrey Amador continues to show how much he loves competing at the Giro d'Italia after turning in a top class performance in the wet to move up again of the general classification.

After surprisingly losing some time on the hilly finish to Stage 4, Amador was expected to fall into a super domestique role for Valverde, but he stayed with the front group over the tough gravel climbs of Stage 8 and with this time trial, he's right back at the pointy end of the fight for pink.

Mikel Landa (Sky) 8th overall, 20th on stage: In last year's Giro, Landa was right in contention until he conceded almost four minutes to Contador in the long time trial. His 20th in this year's time trial is a marked improvement and he was on par with his biggest rivals like Valverde and Nibali.

"It's been a really nice day for us," Landa said. " I concentrated well during the stage and I think that led to a really good performance. The bike, the tyres - everything came together and it gave me a lot of confidence to be safe out there in difficult conditions. As the stage went on my condition got better and better.

"Now I have to rest tomorrow, take it easy and then we can look towards the next week. For us it's a really important part of the race. The first week has not been easy for anyone, but the team have always supported me and now is the moment to try to repay their confidence in me."

 

It was a bad day for some in the test of truth, with the wet conditions causing problems for many on the nerve-wracking descents, even if they didn't crash.

Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) +3'51 on stage (54th), 11th overall: Zakarin was a contender to move into the pink jersey on the stage after coming into the day 2nd overall, but two crashes and a bike change saw him tumble down the standings. Particularly disappointing for the Russian as he would have hoped to have taken time on his rivals in the discipline which is normally one of his strengths.

"Not much to say. I am deeply disappointed. I did not expect to have such a bad luck today. The feelings were really good and I hoped to do a strong race. Two crashes and a bike change in one day... that's too much. But the weather made this course quite dangerous. I have some injuries, mostly on the left leg, hip and around my knee. I really hope to recover in the next days. I am motivated to keep on fighting in this Giro. The team supports me and I know I can do well."

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) +3'39 on stage (52nd), 12th overall: The tiny Italian can produce some great time trial results, but was a bit cautious on the descents. He crashed out of last year's Giro in sickening fashion and that may have made him a bit gun-shy in treacherous conditions.

"It was a time time trial which was not too bad for me in dry conditions but wet roads led me to take no risks,” said Pozzovivo. “I lost time in the descending part that was technical. I think I have limited the losses overall. The last two days were hard, but they are now over."

Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) +4'12 on stage (64th), 15th overall: Coming into the stage sitting happily in 7th overall, Uran would been very happy with how his Giro has gone to date. A crash and a bike change ensured that the Colombian finished well off the pace.

He'll now have to make up a significant amount of time in the mountains now, not insurmountable, but it will be a significant handicap for Uran who has twice finished second in the race.