The ninth stage of the 18th annual Giro Rosa kicked off yesterday in Palinuro where the riders set out to cycle 141.8km to the finish in Palinuro.

To recap on Stage eight… We saw a strong peloton fractured towards the end of the stage on the cat climb. Two riders headed to the line neck-and-neck with a crash in the final 3km and with an extraordinary comeback, Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) took the win. With two more exciting stages to come, here’s a reminder of the stages of the Giro Rosa 2017:

Stage 1: Aquileia – Grado 11.5 km (TTT)

Stage 2: Zoppola – Montereale Valcellina 122.3 km

Stage 3: San Fior – San Vendemiano 100 km

Stage 4: Occhiobello – Occhiobello 118 km

Stage 5: Sant’Elpidio a Mare – Sant’Elpidio a Mare 12.7 km (ITT)

Stage 6: Roseto degli Abruzzi – Roseto degli Abruzzi 116.2 km

Stage 7: Isernia – Baronissi 142 km

Stage 8: Baronissi – Palinuro 141.8 km

Stage 9: Palinuro – Polla 122.3 km

Stage 10: Torre del Greco – Torre del Greco 124 km

There are five rider jerseys up for grabs each day and after Stage Three here’s who’s wearing what as riders went into Stage 9…

Maglia ROSA COLNAGO: Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)

Maglia CICLAMINO SELLE SMP: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)

Maglia VERDE PURPLE by GLOBAL STOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)

Maglia BIANCA COLNAGO: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team)

Maglia BLU GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)

Stage 9: Palinuro to Polla - 122.3 km

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141 riders set out for the lumpy start of stage nine. The first hour of racing had the peloton remain together without any attacks attempted.

The action came at the 48km mark when roughly 50 riders were dropped and a break away made by a handful but this breakaway didn't make it too far as they were caught 12km down the route. With the peloton together again, a few groups had fallen off the back some 4km down the way.

Jasinska, Kitchen and Trevisi made a break for it and maintained a lead over the peloton for a considerable length of the course as it closed to the final kilometres. With 20km left, the three leaders had a 60-second advantage, however, the break was caught in the final 3km resulting in a final sprint for the line where Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini) took the stage win.

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Results:
1. Marta Bastianelli (Alè – Cipollini – Galassia)

2. Lotta Lepistö (Cervelo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team)

3. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5)

Jersey results:
Maglia ROSA COLNAGO: Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans)

Maglia CICLAMINO SELLE SMP: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)

Maglia VERDE PURPLE by GLOBAL STOCK: Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)

Maglia BIANCA COLNAGO: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team)

Maglia BLU GSG: Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5)