'It was brutal': Chris Froome vows to 'keep fighting' after losing more time at Giro d'Italia

Froome drops out of the top 10 after tough day at the Giro

Chris Froome crosses the line on stage nine of the giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chris Froome may have reigned over Grand Tours since 2013 but he says that he has never had such a "brutal" day as the Giro d'Italia's ninth stage on Gran Sasso.

After the 1-07-minute loss in Abruzzo – the same region where Bradley Wiggins crashed in his 2013 Giro rideTeam Sky's star has vowed to keep fighting over the coming two weeks. He has a rest day tomorrow, a time trial and some serious high-alpine passes ahead in the next two weeks.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.