Slovenian cyclist Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) has climbed to second place in the Tour of Italy today, having won the ninth stage of the race, a 34.8-kilometer individual counter in the rain.
Rogli, who triumphed in the first stage and led the race for five days, clocked 51.52 minutes, 11 seconds behind Belgian Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal), who was second and less than one minute Dutch Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), who got the third best time.
In general, the Slovenian is now 1.50 minutes away from the pink sweater, Valerio Conti (UAE-Emirates), 38th in the standings today, 3.34 minutes from the winner.
"I'm calm, Roglic got a good time, but I'm happy to keep the jersey pink, that's my goal," admitted Conti at the end of the run.
The Portuguese Amaro Antunes (CCC) was 46th, 3.56 minutes from the winner and dropped from sixth to seventh overall, to 3.05 of Conti.
In the batch of top favorites, only Italy's Vicenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), the winner of the Giro in 2013 and 2016, showed up, finishing the tie that linked Riccione to San Marino with the fourth fastest time, 1.05 minutes from Roglic.
The Slovenian considered that the result of the stage was "perfect", admitting even that he did not expect such a good time.
Briton Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) were the big losers of the stage finishing 3.11 and 3.45 of the winner, respectively, both falling below the top-2 of the general.
On Monday, the squad is on a day of rest, returning to the road on Tuesday with a 145-kilometer run between Ravenna and Modena.