Ventoso wins stage 9 of 2012 Giro d’Italia, Hesjedal Holds

LEG LUBE: Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team) won stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia, from Giorgio nel Sannio to Frosinone, surviving a crash on the final corner to claim his first stage of the race. Fabio Felline (Androni Giocattoli) and Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) rounded out the surprise top three after the front line of sprinters was ruled out when Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini – Selle Italia) took out Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) as the speeding peloton attempted to deal with the final left-hand corner. As the duo crashed out, Mark Cavendish (Sky) and Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) were forced to slow, and the world champion himself came down in the aftermath. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) retained the leader’s jersey after an assured display on the final climb before the finish. Read more at:

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