Britain’s Simon Yates poised ahead of brutal Giro d’Italia stage to Blockhaus

Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from stage nine at the Giro d’Italia, the 191-kilometre run from Isernia to Blockhaus.

Following yesterday’s stage around Naples, won by the evergreen Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) from a breakaway, there were no changes atop each of the major classifications and so Juan Pedro López​ (Trek-Segafredo), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) will be dressed in the pink, cyclamen and blue jerseys respectively as leaders in the general, points and mountains classifications. As second-placed rider in the youth classification, Mauri Vansevenant (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) will wear the white jersey on López’s behalf.

For anybody that missed stage eight, here are the highlights . . . 

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