Hugh Carthy flew the #PinkArgyle flag in the early breakaway and gave it a real go on the upper slopes of the final climb. Mike Woods did battle with the general contenders and climbed his way into the Giro d’Italia overall top 10, 2’25 down on Simon Yates (MTS). Solid work by the boys on stage nine ahead of the a well-deserved rest day.
Carthy said: [Sport directors] Fabrizio [Guidi] and Juanma [Garate] have been telling us to be more fearless and more aggressive. It was risky to attack at kilometer zero but a good group formed, and we quickly got a decent advantage. The rest of the day was more simple On the last climb, I tried to follow the strongest riders. We split the break and worked well until the attacks started […] I gave it one last go with a few kilometers left. It wasn’t to be. It hurts to get caught after 223km in the break, but that’s cycling”
Woods said: “Today was certainly a style of climb that does not suit me well, but we had Hugh riding a great race in the break The boys did a phenomenal job of placing me at the base of the climb. With the great work that they put in, I knew I had to suffer today in order to repay them.”