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Stage 9, 2016 Tour de France

The Tour de France goes abroad for stage 9 on Sunday, starting in the Spanish town of Vielha Val d’Aran and finishing atop the hors categorie Arcalis’ climb in Andorra. The 184.5km (114.6mi) route includes five climbs with four being Category 1 or higher. The Port de la Bonaigua rises up 13.7km from the start in Vielha Val d’Aran. Four more climbs await, with the final climb the Hors Catégorie summit finish into Arcalis. The penultimate two climbs could be excellent launch pads for attacks — two steep ramps where an explosive attack could yet change the shape of the GC. The many climbs makes for a tough 4,640m (15,223ft) of climbing on the stage and will leave many riders grateful for the Tour’s first rest day on Monday.

Date: Sunday, July 10
Start: Vielha Val d’Aran
Finish: Andorra Arcalis
Distance: 184.5km (115mi)
Elevation Gain: 4640m (15223ft)

GC standings:

Tour de France (2.UWT) Pau → Bagnères-de-Luchon

FROOME Chris Team Sky
MARTIN Dan Etixx - Quick Step
RODRÍGUEZ Joaquim Team Katusha





BMC Racing Team

Comment from race director, Christian Prudhomme:“The five climbs of the day are scattered between the Spanish and Andorran territories. In the final 50 kilometres, one will have to cope with the explosive climb to the Col de la Comella, then the rather irregular one to Beixalis that left rather bad memories to Chris Froome on the last Vuelta, and finally the long climb to Arcalis.”

Chris Froome (Team Sky): “I may have spent a little bit too much (energy). Let’s see, tomorrow is going to be a really hard day. 16 seconds is not a huge margin but I’ll take every second I can at this point.”

Richie Porte (BMC Racing): “On the back of the last two days, tomorrow is possibly going to be the hardest stage of the Tour. If Tejay and I are up there, and Froome or Quintana are isolated, we’ll see what we can do.”

Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange): “I am pretty tired now but we have another big day in the mountains coming up tomorrow so we will see what we can do.”

Matt White (Orica-BikeExchange director): “It’s a different kind of hard to today, it could very well be a day for the breakaway. The climbing starts right at the beginning, but there are more valleys whereas today was simply relentless.”

?Sean Yates (Tinkoff director): “Tomorrow is another super tough day and there are a lot of KoM points on offer. Rafa is starting to feel better and he isn’t a threat to GC so he shouldn’t be one to chase down, so we’ll see what we can do there.”


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