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

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Interestingly, Arnaud De Lie (LTD) follows the movements of the Belgian champion who tries to get into the breakaway. A very dangerous rider on these kind of stages.

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

A very strong group has emerged, including Derek Gee (IPT), who is 14th in the general classification, just over five minutes behind the race leader.

Movistar are currently leading the peloton and appear keen to bring a rider forward.

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Attack

There was a special and emotional moment before the start, when Uno-x Mobility started the applause for the Norwegian Coop-Repsol rider, André Drege, who passed away yesterday during the Tour of Austria.

Stefan Bissegger (EFE) now has a small lead over the peloton.

Uno-Xx Mobility is eager to have riders in the leading group, with Kristoff and Abrahamsen being the key riders.

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

199 km to go

Primož Roglič (RBH) is ready to give everything today…

Several riders from Movistar and Arkea-B&B Hotels are at the front of the peloton, behind the leading car, as they head towards the official start.

The riders have entered the neutral zone.

Today the riders will tackle 14 sections of gravel. There will also be plenty of wind. Gusts of around 30 km/h are expected, which, if it lasts for a while, could cause chaos.

Only 15 minutes left until neutral start.

Could today be a day for this man? Alberto Bettiol of EF Education-EasyPost has shown in this year’s Tour de France that he has great legs. Maybe today he will get the podium he is looking for.

Today, Movistar riders and staff will wear red scarves at the start of both the Tour de France and the women’s Giro d’Italia in a nod to Pamplona’s controversial Running of the Bulls, which sees bulls run through the city’s streets along with thousands of people.

Remco Evenepoel (SOQ), who doesn’t exactly have a great gravel record, spoke to the media about his feelings ahead of today’s stage:

A big name that will definitely give it his all today is world champion Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Deceuninck. Whether that comes from a leading group or a controlled peloton, we’ll see. Jasper Philipsen (ADC) and Axel Laurance (ADC) could also be part of the Belgian team.

Today will be interesting in a number of ways. Will the leading group get a good lead to win? Will there be disastrous moments in the battle for the classification? And will Wout Van Aert (TVL) and Tom Pidcock (IGD) be allowed to let go and go for the stage win?

We made our first tire 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 more difficult and stressful,” were Alberto Bettiol’s warning words.

The Tour de France is also organizing its own tribute to the Norwegian rider: the Norwegian team Uno-X Mobility will appear at the start five minutes before the start of the stage to pay tribute to Drege.

Elsewhere in professional cycling, the tragic news about André Drege continues to impact the sport.

Today’s stage starts and finishes in Troyes and includes 14 gravel sections on the toilet course.

A one-day classic wedged in the middle of a grand tour, today’s stage to Troyes has been eagerly anticipated. It’s also a relative unknown for the GC competition, which Pogačar spoke about with some hesitation yesterday:

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Hello and welcome to Cycling news’ live coverage of stage 9 of the Tour de France 2024!

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