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Guerreiro wins Giro d’Italia ninth stage, fellow Portuguese Almeida retains pink

Ruben Guerreiro became the first Portuguese rider to win in the Giro d’Italia in 31 years when he claimed the ninth stage, a 208-kilometre mountain ride from San Salvo on Sunday.

The EF-Education First rider beat fellow breakaway rider Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos-Grenadiers) of Spain by jumping away in the last 300 metres of the final climb.

Ruben Guerreiro celebrates as he crosses the finish line.

Ruben Guerreiro celebrates as he crosses the finish line.Credit:AP

The previous Portuguese rider to win a stage on the Giro was Acacio Da Silva in 1989.

Another Portuguese, Joao Almeida, retained the overall leader’s maglia rosa despite losing time on other top contenders in the steepest, final part of the last ascent.

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