Read all about today's crazy day in Chianti in the full stage report below...
Radda in Chianti - Greve in Chianti
Giro d'Italia - 15 May 2016
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AMAZING: Gianluca Brambilla holds on to the maglia rosa by one second to deny his Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Bob Jungels his chance to take the race lead. Dramatic scenes in Chianti!
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) holds on for the win by 10 seconds over Mathias Brandle (IAM) with Vegard Stake Laengen (IAM) third at 17 seconds.
Gianluca Brambilla crosses the line after a titanic effort... he finishes an astonishing 2:05 down - which is quite a superb effort all things considering.
Zakarin cuts a sorry figure as he crosses the line a battered, bruised and bloody mess at 3:51.
ANOTHER CRASH FOR ZAKARIN! He went down on the final bend and he now has next to no material on his skin suit on his left flank.
Just two more riders now - Zakarin and Brambilla - on the road. Zakarin looked destined for the pink jersey but a mechanical and then a crash have dashed his chances in the rain.
Here comes Steven Kruijswijk and his broad swimmer's shoulders - and it's 20th place for the Dutchman, 2:23 down. Not bad there. He faded but still came home 1 second quicker than Valverde.
Valverde concedes 12 seconds to Nibali at the finish, coming home at 2:24. Bob Jungels looks almost certain he'll be in pink - keeping the lead in the Etixx family.
Nibali is 2:12 down on Roglic at the finish. The Slovenian former ski jumper will surely win today's stage - but who will be in pink?
Of course, we shouldn't discount that man Bob Jungels for the pink jersey: he's finished already and was only 45 seconds down on Roglic.
Chaves is 3:48 down on Roglic at the finish.
So, could Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde be riding into the pink jersey today? Or will Steven Kruijswijk spring a surprise?
Shocker for Uran, who comes home over four minutes down - a terrible TT for the Colombian.
ZAKARIN MELTDOWN: It's bike number three for the Russian. He must have been pushing things after that mechanical because he's crashed, has a nasty gash on his thigh and knee, and needs to swap his steed once again. Pink is not but a dream for the Russian...
Estaban Chaves is 2:45 down at the third check - he started well but has faded. Nibali is the next man through... and he's slower than Mikel Landa!
Majka, his mouth agape, takes the final corner very wide before crossing the line 2:56 down in provisional 27th place.
Pozzovivo comes home a huge 3:39 down on Primoz.
Tom Dumoulin: "My legs were a little better than yesterday but I didn't want to take any risks with this weather."
Brambilla is 1:22 down at the second check so this isn't too bad for the little Italian.
DRAMA FOR ZAKARIN! He's had to change his bike - perhaps because of a puncture - and that will set him back. He also has no water bottle on his new bike...
Good job for Mikel Landa, who crosses the line 2:20 down - and that's only 22 seconds slower than Dumoulin, to put things in perspective.
Zakarin is 55 seconds down at the second check - but that's quicker than Valverde by two seconds... pink is his is he can continue this trajectory today.
Tom Dumoulin is now riding towards the finish - he avoids hitting the deck on the slippery U-turn before hitting the cobble sector. But he can only set the 15th best time - a huge 1:58 down on Primoz Roglic. Whether it's the rain or the battering he took yesterday is anyone's guess...
Brambilla, the maglia rosa, was 44 seconds down at the first check.
Valverde is quicker than Nibali at the second check. The Spaniard is 57 seconds down on Brandle - that's two seconds quickler than his Italian rival.
Here comes Amador - and he's 1:19 down on Roglic in provisional 10th place at the finish. The Costa Rican started strongly before fading in the rain.
Bob Jungels avoids coming a cropper on the final bend - unlike so many riders, who are slipping over on the white paint of a disabled car parking spot - and sets the sixth best time at the finish, 45 seconds behind Roglic, who will win this stage without too much doubt.
Zakarin is riding himself into the maglia rosa: the Russian is 18 seconds down at the first check and so above his GC rivals so far. Still, we await Brambilla's time...
Uran is having a bad day - he's two seconds shy of two minutes down at the second check, and taking the corner very gingerly in the driving rain.
And Kruijswijk is 35 seconds down so it's quite tight - four slower than Valverde and 10 slower than Nibali.
Valverde is 31 down on Laengen's time at the first check so not too bad for the Spanish veteran.
Majka comes to the second timwe check and he's 1:37 down - so he's conceded 22 seconds to Landa at the halfway point.
Nibali is 25 seconds down at the first check - not bad given the rain, but it means that Landa's ride is all the better than we first thought.
Landa is 1:05 down at the second check - and that's not too bad considering the conditions.
Last but not least to leave today at Radda in Chianti is Gianluca Brambilla of Etixx-QuickStep, the solo winner yesterday at Arezzo. It will take a minor miracle for him to be wearing pink tomorrow... but far stranger things have happened.
Uran is even slower than Pozzovivo and Majka at the first check - he's really struggling in the rain. 1:09 down.
Pozzovivo and Majka were well down at the first check - 46 and 50 seconds respectively.
Rangy Russian Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) is the penultimate rider to leave the start ramp. He could well be in pink with a solid ride today...
Amador was much slower in the second quarter of this course, the Costa Rican going from leading at the first check to completing the second check 25 seconds down on Brandle's target time.
Mikel Landa is 31 seconds down on Amador at the first check.
As has third-place Steven Kruisjwijk (LottoNL-Jumbo).
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has started his ride...
CRASH: Valerio Conti (Lampre-Merida) loses his front wheel on a tight bend near the finish, clearly slipping on the white paint.
It's Vincenzo Nibali time! The 2013 champion gets his ITT under way. Does the Shark have his bite today?
It's not going well for Tom Dumoulin: he's 15 seconds down at the first check, and Amador is clearly on a flier.
Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) is a picture of concentration as he prepares to get started. The Colombian has been solid in this opening week and will need to limit his losses today.
Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) is next down the ramp and the Colombian won on a similar circuit in the Barolo wine region two years ago. Can he recapture that form today?
Rafal Makja on course now. Confusingly, the host broadvaster showed images of his fellow Pole and team-mate Pawel Poljanski crashing on a roundabout shortly after the start, which made the commentators initially believe that Majka had come a cropper.
New fastest time at the first check - Amador goes through six seconds faster despite the wet roads. He was third in the opening time trial so certainly one to watch today.
Bob Jungels is on a stormer - he passes through the first check one second down on Laengen.
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2R-La Mondiale) is another one who will need to limit his losses - although his time trialling has improved over the last few years.
Now it's the top ten as Mikel Landa (team Sky) rolls down the ramp. The next hour will be very important for the Spaniard - this is not his faviourite discipline and he needs to limit his losses if he wants to enter the business end of this race within striking distance of the pink jersey.
Down the ramp he rolls and Tom Dumoulin gets his ITT under way - can he defy the rain and do enough to seize back the maglia rosa?
We're approaching Dumoulin time and the top ten now so strap yourself in! Andrey Amador and Jakob Fuglsang are on course, so the Dutchman is next.
Poor Ludvigsson is now dragging two riders along: Astana's Valerio Agnoli has joined the illegal train behind Tsatevich.
Bob Jungels, in the white skin suit as the best young rider in this race, rolls down the ramp. The Eticc rider has has a bit of a fail when it comes to attaching his rear dossier, which flaps in the wind above his posterior.
The commissaires are clearly taking a rather lax attitude to the rules out there: Russian rider Alexey Tsatevich (Katusha) has been riding in the back wheel of Tobias Ludvigsson for the past 20-odd kilometres since being caught and passed by the Swede.
And here comes Kung, who's been battling the rain since the start - and he comes home 58 seconds in arrears in sixth place. It could have been so different had his ride not coincided with the biggest of the downpours.
Sixth best time for Kung at the third check, 41 seconds down on Roglic. It's now downhill all the way to the finish, so to speak.
Twenty odd minutes until Tom Dumoulin gets his ride under way. Here's the Dutchman warming up...
Tanel Kangert of Astana the latest rider to roll down the ramp. The Estonian is a key mountain domestique for Vincenzo Nibali and we'll see a lot more of him over the next two weeks following tomorrow's rest day.
Stefan Kung was 33 seconds back at the second check but he's now riding on drier roads so that may be reflected in his time on the second hald of the race.
Mikel Nieve of Team Sky on the ramp now - and the rain has got worse again. It did stop at the start bit it's now pounding down heavily. The Spaniard will be one of the riders happy to simply get around today.
Eursport's Laura Meseguer spoke to Alexandre Vinokourov, the director at Astana, today. This is what Vino had to say: "Hello everybody. Today's a very important stage for our team and for Vincenzo, who is very motivated. He's got to find his legs and it's a really hard parcours and the Giro for us starts today. We're happy so far. The first week has gone well. We haven't won a stage yet but we've been testing our legs. The team has done a fastastic job for Vincenzo and now it's time to let the legs do the talking."
Kung was fifth at the first check, 15 seconds down on Laengen's target time aty castellina in Chianti.
The weather is very localised because the roads are quite dry near the start as we follow Giant-Alpecin's Tobias Ludvigsson, who is on course now. the big Swede led the way for a long time in the opening time trial until being dethroned by Roglic and then team-mate Dumoulin.
No one has come close to the leaders since the rain stopped - and Roglic may well be all smiles in a couple of hours time after his heartbreak on the opening day of this race.
Eros Capecchi (Astana) crashed earlier in this deluge and lost practically half his skinsuit in the process. Very testing conditions out there which of course plays into the hands of the currently leader, Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo.
It's really wet now in Chianti as we follow Stefan Kung of BMC. The Swiss came close to winning the opening time trial - and might have done had he not overcooked one corner and crashed into the barriers. He was in a break a few days ago showcasing his ITT skills and it'll be interesting to see how he goes today - despite this heavy rain.
Fabian Cancellara has just spoken to Ashley House and Juan Antonio Flecha in Giro Extra on Eurosport after his ITT: "It was really hard - you need both speed and power and I lacked power after my illness. I think Vincenzo will go really well - it's so technical and the turns are tricky. You need to be a good bike handler. I would say of the favourites he was the man to watch. For Tom Dumoulin, it all depends on how he recovers from yesterday. If it rains it will have a big effect because there are so many corners and you will lose speed on the downhills. I hope everyone has the same weather conditions - but there's always the battle for the stage and the battle for the GC so it may be ok."
It may be the closest Gazprom-RusVelo's Aleksey Rybalkin ever gets to the maglia rosa...
With regards to the big guns today, Tom Dumoulin will roll down the ramp at 14:46 BST ahead of the top ten, starting with Mikel Landa, who go at three-minute intervals. Vincenzo Nibali's start time is 15:04 BST three minutes ahead of Alejandro Valverde.
It's drizzling a bit on the course. The later riders wull hope that doesn't escalate for when they roll down the ramp...
Brandle's IAM Cycling team-mate Vegard Stake Laengen put in the time trial of his life too - he was up on his team-mate at the third check and is currently in third place at the finish, a further seven seconds down on Brandle and 17 behind leader Roglic. Solid stuff from the IAM duo.
We have a new leader! Primoz Roglic, the unknown Slovenian who was denied the first maglia rosa of the race by a hundredth of a second in the Apeldoorn time trial, has come home in a time of 51:45. That's 10 seconds quicker than Brandle for the LottoNL-Jumbo rider, who trailed the Swiss at the first two checks before moving into the lead at the third check by seven seconds.
Yes, it's the second best time for Fabian Cancellara at the finish, the Swiss veteran coming home in a time of 52:13 - which is 18 seconds slower than Brandle, so he made up some time on the final downhill.
Cancellara will soon arrive - he lost more time at the third check, which he crossed 29 seconds down on Brandle.
Brandle's closest rival so far has been Dutchman Maarten Tjallingi, who finished 1:06 behind the Austrian.
Cancellara was 13 seconds down on Brandle at the first check and 20 seconds down on the Austrian at the second check. So it's not looking like it will be the Swiss chrono specialist's day...
Brandle was the second rider to roll down the ramp and easily caught Cheng Ji before the second check, where he was more than two minutes faster than any other rider. The Austrian has set the quickest time at the finish: 51:55 will be the early reference point.
Just to give you an idea of how big the time gaps could be today, Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) is currently the fastest at the first intermediate check at the 11.6km point and the Swiss former world hour record holder is a huge 1:24 ahead of second place Jack Bobridge of Trek.
The first 55 riders have already left the start ramp today, including Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Sagefredo) so let's take a look at how they're doing, shall we?
From that you may correctly deduce that the stage is already underway... and you'd be right. Here is the start ramp in Radda in Chianti ahead of Ji's effort. As you can see, the sun is out for this big test for the big race favourites...
That means we're down to 187 riders in this Giro, with Cheng Ji of China and Giant-Alpecin the first to roll down the ramp today at 11:40 BST and Brambilla, the maglia rosa, the last at 15:16 BST.
On top of Kittel's withdrawal the race bids farewell to three riders who finished outside the time limit yesterday: Elia Viviani (Team Sky), Boy Van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo) and Iuri Filosi (Nippo-Vini Fantini). The trio finished together 55:26 down on Brambilla after being dropped some 30km into the stage.
Gianluca Brambilla may be in the pink jersey but everthing's not rosy at Etixx-QuickStep with double stage winner - and earlier maglia rosa - Marcel Kittel calling it a day after yesterday's tough stage. Kittel, a four-time Giro stage winner who has still yet to notch a victory on Italian soil, is going to rest up and prepare for the Tour de France, which he will ride in July. "I'm sad to leave the Giro. I really like the atmosphere I have found here in Italy and I love the support of the Italian fans, but now I feel like I need to recover after a long first part of the season," Kittel said.
It's the first major time trial of the race but not one for the flat-track bullies: the 40.5km loop around Chianti is relentlessly up and down and includes quite a sharp climb up to Panzano in Chianti before the drop down to the finish. Still, Tom Dumoulin will be the favourite - provided he can recover, both physically and mentally, from his nightmare yesterday.
Giant-Alpecin’s Dumoulin – who had looked so assured in his new-found role as race favourite – plummeted out of the top ten after struggling to keep up with his GC rivals on the steep gravel climb of the Alpe di Poti in the business end of the 186-kilometre stage from Foligno to the Tuscan Medieval hilltop city. Brambilla now leads Ilnur Zakarin by 23 seconds in the overall standings with Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) up to third place a further 10 seconds back. Alejandro Valverde, whose initial stinging attack on the dirt-track climb distanced Dumoulin, is fourth at 36 seconds while Vincenzo Nibali completes the top five at 45 seconds.
Yesterday, Italy's Gianluca Brambilla soloed to stage 8 glory in Arezzo and moved into the maglia rosa after Dutchman Tom Dumoulin cracked spectacularly on the decisive climb of a dramatic day on the Giro d’Italia. Etixx-QuickStep’s Brambilla attacked from a breakaway of 13 riders at the start of the brutish gravel section of the Alpe di Poti and held on to win the stage by 1:06 over fellow Italian Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R-La Mondiale).
Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia - a rolling 40.5km individual time trial through the vineyards of Chianti in Tuscany.