Stage 9 stage was regarded as perhaps the toughest of the entire race, with three rigorous climbs. There was no time for sprinters to catch their breath. The final ascent up Mont du Chat was brutal. Amidst blazing heat, tough terrains and severe crashes stage 9 got finished. It was not raining at the start, but the roads appeared to be wet. Crash followed crash on the fast and wet descent.
The tour starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday, July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on July 23.
Here, we have listed down the stage 9 highlights. Have a look:
Stage Nine- Dole – Nantua – Chambery, 181.5 km
- Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale-Drapac) claimed stage 9 of the Tour de France
- The race was overshadowed by a heavy crash involving BMC’s Richie Porte.
- Porte went down in the descent of Mont du Chat and was taken away by ambulance, ending his bid to win the yellow jersey.
- Tim Wellens attacked as soon as the stage got underway.
- Arnaud Demare, the winner of stage 4, who suffered in the previous stage due to illness, was dropped by the field shortly after the start.
- Geraint Thomas was also part of the brutal crash at stage 9. His absence was a big loss for Sky, who were put under serious pressure throughout the day.
- Champion Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey after finishing the stage third, behind Frenchman Warren Barguil who missed out on victory in a photo-finish after taking the polka-dot jersey and most aggressive rider awards.
Tour de France stage nine winners
- Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac- 5:07:22
- Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
- Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
- Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
- Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
- Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
- George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
- Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky
- Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
- Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
Yellow Jersey Classification
- Chris Froome 38h 26′ 59”
- Fabio Aru +18”
- Romain Bardet +51”
Green Jersey (Points)
- Marcel Kittel 212
- Arnaud Demare 182
- Michael Matthews 160
Stage 10 preview: Perigueux – Bergerac, 178km
After a tough ride and a Rest Day sprinters are ready for stage 10 in Périgueux. The stage will take a clockwise route to the finishing town of Bergerac, which last hosted the Tour de France in 2014 when Garmin’s Raimunas Navardauskas held off the peloton to take a thrilling stage victory. Stage 10 will be less stressful and more gentle.
While some favorites are out of the race like Arnaud Demare- beaten by a combination of sickness and repeated ascending – the competition seems to be easier for Marcel Kittel. Chris Froome is now the 1.36 favorite to win the Tour overall while Kittel is the 1.92 favorite. Kittel has gathered together three stage wins, the rest of the sprinters haven’t had many answers to the German’s power.
It will be interesting to see Marcel Kittel, Chris Froome and other top contenders battling for the stage win. Chris Froome and his team will try to defend the jersey in the upcoming stages.
DSPORT will telecast the tour highlights on the day after the each staging event.