Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux started the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia to the top of Blockhaus (13.6km at 8.4%) in the lead of the team classification
It was at the foot of this final climb that the early breakaway was caught by a peloton of around 50 riders with a quartet of the Belgian World Team: Jan Hirt, Domenico Pozzovivo, Lorenzo Rota and Rein Taaramäe.
A selection was made in the back of the peloton because of the strong rhythm, resulting in a remaining group of only eleven riders with Pozzovivo, closely followed by Jan Hirt.
A leading trio managed to escape with 3 kilometer to go, but the dedication of Pozzovivo in the chasing trio enabled him to make the junction and to sprint for the victory.
Thanks to his sixth place on the top, the Italian rider is now eighth in the provisional classification on the eve of the second rest day. Jan Hirt finished thirteenth and is now fourteenth in the general classification.