Vuelta 2022: Meintjes triumphs at Les Praeres, Evenepoel extends GC lead

Louis Meintjes - Vuelta 2022: Meintjes triumphs at Les Praeres, Evenepoel extends GC leadimage: Cor VosLouis Meintjes wins from the breakaway on the steep Les Praeres de Nava climb. Remco Evenepoel crushes his GC rivals and cements his GC lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 9th stage 2022 Vuelta

1. Louis Meintjes (rsa)
2. Samuele Battistella (ita) + 1.01
3. Edoardo Zambanini (ita) + 1.14
4. Remco Evenepoel (bel) + 1.34
5. Filippo Conca (ita) + 1.58
6. Juan Ayuso (spa) + 2.08
7. Simon Gugliemi (fra) s.t.
8. Enric Mas (spa) + 2.18
9. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) + 2.20
10. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 2.26

11. Jimmy Janssens (bel) + 2.37
12. Simon Yates (gbr) s.t.
13. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 2.58
17. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 3.20
18. João Almeida (por) + 3.22
21. Pavel Sivakov (fra) + 3.42
22. Thymen Arensman (nld) + 4.01
24. Jai Hindley (aus) + 4.19
28. Ben O’Connor (aus) + 4.28
32. Tao Geoghegan Hart (gbr) + 5.31

GC after stage 9

1. Remco Evenepoel (bel)
2. Enric Mas (spa) + 1.12
3. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 1.53
4. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) + 2.33
5. Juan Ayuso (spa) + 2.36
6. Simon Yates (gbr) + 3.08
7. João Almeida (por) + 4.32
8. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 5.03
9. Jai Hindley (aus) + 5.36
10. Pavel Sivakov (fra) + 5.39

11. Thymen Arensman (nld) + 5.45
12. Tao Geoghegan Hart (gbr) + 5.51
13. Ben O’Connor (aus) + 5.53
15. Hugh Carthy (gbr) + 5.58

Race report
Davide Villella, Thomas De Gendt, Jetse Bol and Luis Angel Maté attack from the gun. The Spaniard can’t follow the pace after 15 kilometres of hard racing before Samuele Battistella, Alessandro De Marchi, Maxim Van Gils and Xandro Meurisse take his place. To no avail. The peloton is bunched again at kilometre 30.

Quentin Pacher is the next attacker. His solo lasts 10 kilometres.

In the run-up to the Alto del Torno Thymen Arensman, Dylan van Baarle, Louis Meintjes, Robbert Stannard, Jimmy Janssens, Samuele Battistella, Edoardo Zambanini, Filippo Conca, José Manuel Diaz and Simon Guglielmi break clear. This is the right move. Strangely, Arensman sits up and waits for the peloton. He was the best placed attacker, 3 minutes down on red jersey Evenepoel.

On the climb Marc Soler, Santiago Buitrago and KOM leader Jay Vine open the chase on the climb. But they are brought back.

The nine leaders open a maximum lead of more than 5 minutes.

The gap has fallen below 4 minutes inside the last 10 kilometres when Battistella attacks. Janssens goes with him, while Van Baarle sets off in pursuit. Meanwhile, Geoghegan Hart hits the deck in the run-up to the finish climb.

Janssens distances his companion on the steep Les Praeres climb. Meintjes overhauls Van Baarle and catches the two leaders 2.5 kilometers under the top. On the lower slopes Evenepoel drops the other GC riders and forges on.

Meintjes climbs to triumph, while Evenepoel puts time into all his GC rivals.

Another interesting read: route 9th stage 2022 Vuelta.

Vuelta 2022 stage 9: routes, profiles, more

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