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Giro d’Italia 2023 stage 9 preview

SIENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Astana-Qazaqstan team attends Strade Bianche 2023 race route recon on March 03, 2023 in Siena, Italy. (Photo by Sara Cavallini/Getty Images)

The Giro d’Italia opening week concludes with a potentially race-defining 35km from Savignano sul Rubicone to Cesena. This lengthy individual time trial of the Giro was one of the factors that persuaded Remco Evenepoel to return to the corsa rosa this year and the world champion will look to replicate the performance he delivered in Alicante at a similar juncture on last year’s Vuelta a España.

In putting almost a minute into Primož Roglič there, Evenepoel put himself in pole position to carry the maillot rojo to Madrid. A similar performance here would be a crucial step on the path to donning the maglia rosa in Madrid.

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