Giro d’Italia 2012 stage nine photo gallery by Graham Watson>>

Spaniard Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) benefited from a final-corner crash which brought down Mark Cavendish and Matt Goss to win stage nine of the Giro in Frosinone this afternoon.

Ventoso was too strong for Fabio Felline (Androni-Giocattoli) and RadioShack-Nissan’s Giacomo Nizzolo, but the outcome would have been different had the peloton navigated a sweeping left-hander 350m from the line successfully.

Italian Filippo Pozatto appeared to trigger the crash, as he ploughed into points competition leader Matt Goss going into the bend. Both fell heavily, which triggered a domino effect behind. Cavendish was the unfortunate victim, as he was left with nowhere to go as Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) came down in front of him.

Garmin-Barracuda rode strongly to defend the maglia rosa worn by Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, who himself stayed out of trouble at the finish and crossed the line out of harm’s way in an impressive seventh. GC rival Joaquim Rodriguez had earlier tried to use a tricky run-in to break clear, but his bold move was shortlived.

As the race heads towards the mountains once again, Friday’s thirteenth stage from Savona to Cervere is likely to be the last hurrah for the sprinters.

Results

Giro d’Italia 2012, stage nine: San Giorgio nel Sannio to Frosinone, 171km

1. Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar in 3-39-15


2. Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni-Giocattoli

3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan

4. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

5. Daniel Schorn (Aut) NetApp

6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha

7. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda

8. Matthias Brandle (Aut) NetApp

9. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale

10. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge all at st.

Overall classification after stage nine

1. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda in 36-02-40


2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 9 sec

3. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana at 15 sec

4. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana

5. Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar at 35 sec

6. Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 40 sec

7. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at 45 sec

8. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 46 sec

9. Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan at 48 sec

10. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale at at 52 sec





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Ryder Hesjedal still in pink jersey

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  • John D

    On second thoughts I think the bigger problem wasn’t the corner – that’s a defensible part of making sprints harder to stop total Cav domination – but the fact it was approached at speed after a winding descent.

    That guaranteed a 20-30 rider bunch and poor visbility. One mistake and they were actually fortunate the whole peloton didn’t come down. That might focus minds – no finishers!

  • colnago dave

    I agree with John D, it is as if the organisers who probably have never raced are trying to make the finishes dangerous. They need to realise that it is riders careers that they are playing with.

  • JohnD

    Pozzato has apologised but the real culprits were the course designers – that was far too severe a corner for a sprint finale, almost guaranteed to cause a pile up the second one rider made an error.

    The Giro’s joy is its old-fashioned austerity but that kind of course layout is no longer safe with modern bunch sprints. It would never have been passed for the TdF.