The last mountain stage before the first rest day of the Giro d’Italia has not gone as planned for Team Jumbo-Visma. The ninth stage was won by the Portuguese fighter Ruben Guerreiro under autumnal circumstances. Steven lost time on some of his competitors.
As is often the case in this Giro, it was a big fight to get into the breakaway of the day. Ultimately, eight riders managed to enter the tough final together. Under the leadership of various GC teams, the peloton rode a solid pace towards the foot of the final climb. Chris Harper, Tobias Foss and Koen Bouwman were able to assist Steven well into the final. In the presence of the young Norwegian and the Dutchman, the leader of Team Jumbo-Visma crossed the finish line.