Pogačar Extends Giro d'Italia Lead with Stage 9 Victory

Tadej Pogačar wins Stage 9 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia, extending his overall lead to nearly three minutes. Dani Martinez and Geraint Thomas follow in second and third place, respectively, in the general classification.

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Pogačar Extends Giro d'Italia Lead with Stage 9 Victory

Pogačar Extends Giro d'Italia Lead with Stage 9 Victory

Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates continued his dominant performance in the 2024 Giro d'Italia, winning Stage 9 and extending his overall lead to nearly three minutes. The Slovenian rider sprinted clear in the final hundred meters to take the win at Prati di Tivo, his third stage victory in this year's race.

Dani Martinez of Bora-Hansgrohe finished second on the stage, losing a couple of seconds due to the time bonus Pogačar claimed at the line. Martinez now sits 2:40 behind Pogačar in the general classification. Geraint Thomas of Ineos Grenadiers rounds out the top three overall, 2:58 behind the race leader.

Ben O'Connor of Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale finished third on the stage, helping him maintain his fourth place position in the overall standings. Other notable riders in the top 10 include Cian Uijtdebroeks of Visma-Lease a Bike, who leads the young rider classification, and Antonio Tiberi of Bahrain Victorious, who moved up two spots into sixth overall.

The challenging stage to Prati di Tivo saw some riders lose ground, with Luke Plapp of Jayco-AlUla and Alexey Lutsenko of Astana tumbling out of the top 10. However, Einer Rubio gained four places, landing in eighth, while Thymen Arensman of Ineos and Jan Hirt of Soudal-Quickstep round out the top 10.

Pogačar's impressive performance in the Giro d'Italia so far has put him in a strong position to challenge for the overall victory. "I was speechless," said Filippo Ganna of Ineos Grenadiers after being beaten by Pogačar in the Stage 7 time trial. The Slovenian rider's stunning success in that stage increased his overall lead, with Martinez moving above Thomas into second place.

As the 2024 Giro d'Italia enters its second week, Tadej Pogačar has firmly established himself as the man to beat. With a commanding lead and three stage wins already under his belt, the UAE Team Emirates rider is on track to make history as the first cyclist since Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve the Giro-Tour double. The battle for the remaining podium spots is still wide open, with Martinez, Thomas, and O'Connor all within striking distance of each other.

Key Takeaways

  • Tadej Pogačar wins Stage 9 of Giro d'Italia, extending overall lead to nearly 3 minutes.
  • Dani Martinez finishes 2nd, 2:40 behind Pogačar in general classification.
  • Geraint Thomas sits 3rd overall, 2:58 behind Pogačar.
  • Pogačar targets Giro-Tour double, first since Marco Pantani in 1998.
  • Battle for remaining podium spots remains open among top 4 riders.