Giro d’Italia: Szmyd strong coming into second week

Sylwester Szmyd was the strongest CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider on an undulating, 215km stage 9 of Giro d’Italia. He arrived in the shredded bunch and claimed 41st place. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) grabbed a victory.

Grega Bole took part in a very lively and chaotic process of forming a breakaway of the day. He was in the lead for some time, riding with Sylvain Chavanel, with around 20-30 second advantage. Peloton didn’t let them go clear and reeled the back in. After next few attempts, around 55km into the stage, 11-man group pulled away and it turned out to be the crucial move. This time none of the “riders in orange” made the cut.

The break gained over 6-minute lead over the Tinkoff-Saxo-paced peloton. Tom Jelte Slagter (Team Cannondale – Garmin) launched an early attack from the leading group and was pedaling in the front by himself. With 15km to go, on the last climb other escapees were trying to accelerate and bridge the gap. Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) was the only one who managed to do that. He joined Slagter and when it was 4km left, Italian left the Dutchman behind.

Tiralongo held on to win the stage. Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), who attacked also yesterday, took 2nd and Simon Geschke (Team Giant – Alpecin) 3rd. Sylwester Szmyd came in in the main, 40-man group, 1:43 behind the winner and claimed 41st place. He now sits in 45th overall.

Tomorrow is the first rest day of the race.