Giro d'Italia LIVE - Stage 9

2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 9:  The riders stopped on the Milan circuit to explain to the crowd
that the stage was neutralized, in protest of what the riders felt was too dangerous a course.
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2009 Giro d'Italia:  Kanstantsin Siutsou (Team Columbia-Highroad) on his way to winning Stage 8.
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2009 Giro d'Italia:  Siutsou enjoys his time on the podium.
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2009 Giro d'Italia:  The peloton on a winding road along beautiful Lake Como early in Stage 8.
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2009 Giro d'Italia, Stage 8:  Pedro Horrillo (Rabobank) is airlifted to hospital after suffering
serious injuries in a crash on the descent of the Culmine di San Pietro.
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- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 9 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three hours of coverage.  North America.)

- Due to the protest, though there will be a stage winner results will not count toward general classification.

- Giro LIVE now on EurosportLive audio feeds also playing.  Links at right.

- Stage is neutralized as riders are protesting dangerous course.  Eurosport thus staying with auto racing.

- Reminder:  Eurosport live coverage today isn't scheduled to start until 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).

- Giro LIVE now on Universal Sports.  Link at right.  (Thanks, Rennie.)

- Giro d'Italia LIVE on Rai Sport Piu.

- Pedro Horrillo (Rabobank), who crashed deep into a ravine yesterday, is out of his medically-induced coma.  (source: AFP)

Flashback: Pedro Horrillo's
2004 Paris-Nice Stage win

2004 Paris-Nice:  Pedro Horrillo (Quick Step - Davitamon) raises an arm in victory at the
finish of Stage 2 at Montargis.
Copyright © 2004 Pete Geyer/

Domestiques like Pedro Horrillo rarely find themselves in position for personal glory.  Their jobs are to support their team leaders, sacrificing their own chances for victory.  In Stage 2 of the 2004 Paris-Nice, Horrillo's Quick Step team leader was Tom Boonen.  But when Team CSC, with Jorg Jaksche in yellow after winning the Stage 1 time trial, took advantage of cross winds to dynamite the peloton on a stage meant for sprinters, Boonen and all but 36 riders in the peloton were left over 5 minutes behind by the finish.  Horrillo was free to take a shot at victory.  Nevermind that he still had to contend with the likes of Bartoli, Gilbert, Rebellin, Hushovd, Hincapie, Voigt, Cancellara.  One of the smartest riders in the peloton, the former philosophy student surged ahead of the group early to avoid a sprint finish and took the victory (photo above), still considered Horrillo's biggest win to date.

Horrillo suffered serious injuries in yesterday's Giro d'Italia Stage 8 when he crashed and fell 60 meters into a ravine.  Doctors have reportedly placed Horrillo into a medically-induced coma for 24 hours.

Our thoughts today are with Pedro and his family and friends and we offer our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.  -Pete


- Giro d'Italia Stage 9, the "Milano Show 100" featuring 10 laps in the city of Milan, starts at 13:35 CET (7:35am U.S. Eastern) and is expected to finish at around 17:17 CET (11:17am U.S. Eastern).  Giro d'Italia live video streaming on Universal Sports is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern.  Giro live coverage on Eurosport is scheduled to begin at 15:45 CET (9:45am U.S. Eastern).

- Watch the Giro d'Italia Stage 8 On Demand on Universal Sports here.  (Over three hours of coverage.  North America.) 

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- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Giro d'Italia.

2009 Giro d'Italia LIVE
Italy, May 9-31
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 9 start: 13:35 CET
(1:35pm CET)
Expected finish: 17:17 CET
(5:17pm CET)


 Milan weather

Live video streaming:

(8:30am U.S. Eastern)
(North America)

(Go to page, click on blue Web 1
or Web 2 button.)



(, Spain)
(last part of stage only?)



(15:00 CET)

(more links to come)


(more video links to come if available)


Live audio streaming:

Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Check schedule

Radio Tour graphics:

(Not active for time trial stages)

Live tickers:

Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano

(more tickers to come if available)

News and photos:

(cycling news)
Yahoo photo gallery (AP/AFP)

Graham Watson


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