Splendid stage nine by whole Movistar squad ends with convincing win by the Colombian -new Maglia Rosa- atop the Blockhaus.

Nairo Quintana and the Movistar Team took a step forward in their aspirations to win the 100th Giro d'Italia as they claimed a convincing win on stage nine, 152km from Montenero di Bisaccia to the Summit of the Blockhaus (Cat-1), which saw the Blue squad taking over the race with an outstanding display.
The labour by Sutherland, Bennati and Rojas, into the flatter sections; Amador, Izagirre and Herrada, taking care of the Colombian and starting the big selection at the foot of the climb; and a superb combined effort from De La Parte and Anacona to shatter the GC group during the ascent, all led to the decisive accelerations from Quintana, which started 7km from the finish and did not end before the Colombian left his whole opposition behind.

Nairo left behind Vincenzo Nibali (TBM) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), the only ones able to follow his first move, and reached the finish line with 24" over the Frenchman and Tom Dumoulin (SUN), who climbed on his own pace to take 3rd; 41" over Bauke Mollema (TFS); 1' to Nibali and more than 2' over Zakarin (KAT). A crash against a motorbike took three big GC contenders down in Adam Yates (ORS; +4'39"), Geraint Thomas (SKY, +5'08") and Mikel Landa (SKY).

It's the Movistar Team's 25th victory of a record 2017 season for the Blues and also for Nairo, who claims his sixth since February -37 as a pro cyclist- again in astonishing style. The Colombian will have a hard task to tackle on Tuesday at the rolling, 39km ITT stage ten from Montefalco to Foligno; however, a well-deserved rest day is waiting for him first on Monday.