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Tour de France stage 9 Live – Puncheur potential and GC panic on the gravel

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Tour de France stage 9 Live – Puncheur potential and GC panic on the gravel


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Spanish national champion, Alex Aranburu (MOV), launches his move with four other riders but it is Jayco-AlUla who pulls that back. 

Bol (AST) dragged back. Arkea-B&B Hotels now on the front of the bunch. Lots of UAE Team Emirates nowhere near the front of the peloton as Tadej Pogačar is almost looking after himself as Nils Politt sticks with him. 

Astana Qazaqstan have a rider trying to bridge the gap. Looks like Cees Bol. He is in no-mans-land for the moment. 

Ineos Grenadiers have three riders around Carlos Rodriguez at the front of the peloton. Remco Evenepoel (SOQ) and Primož Roglič (RBH) currently isolated, but well placed. 

170km to go

The gap to the break has disappeared almost completely as Gaviria (MOV) fires up the gap to see if he can get to the leaders along with another Movistar rider. 

Ion Izagirre (COF) now tries a move, but, he doesn’t go all in and it was easily followed. 

The leading group still look good but Movistar return to chasing. Abrahamsen (UXM) also returns to the front after taking a bit of time at the back of the bunch to regather himself. 

More moves continue to fly out of the peloton including Cort (UXM), Costa (EFE), Pidcock (IGD) and Lazkano (MOV). 

180km to go

Attack

Maxim Van Gils (LTD) was the lastest Lotto-DSTNY rider to try but he doesn’t get away. 

Lotto-DSTNY have Drizners in the break but they don’t seem to be happy with that as they are constantly launching riders off the front. Alpecin-Deceuninck are also getting involved for the first time. 

Mechanical

Interestingly, Arnaud De Lie (LTD) is following moves as the Belgian champion tries to get into the breakaway. A very dangerous rider on this sort of stage. 

Still so many moves trying to form the breakaway. This leading five still are working well together, but they only have nine seconds and Lapeira (DAT) has started sitting on. 

Very strong group has got up the road including Derek Gee (IPT) who is 14th in GC at just over five minutes from the race lead. 

Movistar lead the peloton at the moment as they seem keen to get a rider up the road. 

Attack

Attack

There was a special and emotional moment before the start as Uno-x Mobility led the moment of applause for the Norwegian Coop-Repsol rider, Andre Drege, who died yesterday at the Tour of Austria. 

Stefan Bissegger (EFE) has a small gap on the bunch, now. 

Uno-Xx Mobility are extremely keen to get riders in the break with Kristoff and Abrahamsen being the main riders involved.

Jonas Abrahamsen (UXM), Alexander Kristoff (UXM), Victor Campenaerts (LTD), Krists Neilands (IPT), Rui Costa (EFE) and two others have a small gap. 

199km to go

Primož Roglič (RBH) is ready to give his all today…

Several riders from Movistar and Arkea-B&B Hotels near the front of the peloton behind the lead car as they build towards the official start. 

The riders have started the neutral zone. 

Today, the riders will tackle 14 sections of gravel. Plenty of wind out there as well. Gusts said to be around 30kph which, if they last for a while, could cause carnage. 

Just around 15 minutes until the neutral start. 

Could today be a day for this man? Alberto Bettiol of EF Education-EasyPost has been showing that he has great legs at this year’s Tour de France. Maybe today he can get the stage he’s been searching for. 

Today at sign on for both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia women, the Movistar riders and staff wear red neckerchiefs as a nod to the controversial bull run in Pamplona, where bulls run through the streets of the city along with thousands of people. 

Remco Evenepoel (SOQ), who hasn’t had the greatest gravel record, spoke to the media about his feelings going into today’s stage: 

One big name that will surely give his all today is world champion, Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Deceuninck. Whether that’s from a break or a controlled peloton, we shall see. Jasper Philipsen (ADC) and Axel Laurance (ADC) could also be involved for the Belgian squad.

Today will be interesting in a few ways. Will the break be allowed to get a good enough gap to win? Will there be any disaster moments in the GC fight? And will the likes of Wout Van Aert (TVL) and Tom Pidcock (IGD) be allowed off the leash and go for the stage win?

We’ve made our first tyre visuals ???? 

Our Head of News Stephen Farrand spoke to numerous riders ahead of today’s stage. “There will be a race within the race, which makes it even harder and more stressful,” were the cautionary words from Alberto Bettiol.

The Tour de France is also arranging its own tribute to the Norwegian rider, as Norwegian team Uno-X Mobility is set to arrive at the start line five minutes ahead of the stage start in order to pay tribute to Drege.

Elsewhere in pro cycling, the tragic news of André Drege continues to make its impact on the sport.

Today’s stage will start and finish in Troyes, taking in 14 gravel sections in the loo course.

A one-day Classic sandwiched into the middle of a Grand Tour, today’s stage to Troyes has been hotly anticipated. It is also a relative unknown for the GC competition, where Pogačar spoke with trepidation yesterday:

Read the full story here.

Bonjour and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage of stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France!





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