De la Parte and Antunes were CCC Team’s final two riders to roll off the ramp in Riccione but as they did, the rain had worsened, making the predominantly uphill 34.8-kilometer course even more difficult.
The finish line in San Marino was at the top of a 12-kilometer category two climb, which had an average gradient of 6.5 percent, and it was here that both de la Parte and Antunes were able to use their climbing strength to their advantage.
In the end, de la Parte stopped the clock at 54 minutes 12 seconds, which initially put him in the provisional top ten while, Antunes, who started the day sixth on the General Classification, finished with a time of 55 minutes 6 seconds.
Victory went to Primož Roglič with de la Parte eventually finishing in a very respectable 16th place, 2 minutes 20 seconds back, and with the Team Jumbo – Visma rider subsequently moving up the General Classification, Antunes now sits in seventh place, 3’05” behind Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates), going into the first rest day.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“Today was a hard day for me. When I started, the rain was really heavy and on the short downhill sections, it was very complicated and it wasn’t possible to get any more speed on the bike with all of the water. At the end of the day though, I am happy. It was a good time for me. Tomorrow is the rest day so I am looking forward to relaxing my legs before we start to focus on the climbing to come.”
“To head into the next part of the race inside the top ten is good for me. At this moment, the situation for the team is good and we will continue to take the race day by day to see what kind of results we can achieve.”
Víctor de la Parte:
“I think this time trial was maybe too long for me but it was also a good, hard time trial. I think I started a little bit too slow, I didn’t feel too good on the flat with the rain but after Jungels passed me, I used him as a target and I was going better and better on the climb. The finish was good for me. I am happy with what I did today and I still think we are in a good position.”
Stage 9 / ITT: Riccione > San Marino (RSM) (34.8km)
Top 3: 1. Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo – Visma) 2. Victor Campernaets (Lotto – Soudal) 3. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain -Merida)
CCC Team Top 3: 16. Víctor de la Parte 46. Amaro Antunes 56. Łukasz Owsian