A guide to the Tour de France
10th July 2016
Tom Dumoulin won Stage 9 today, in apocalyptic rain and hail on a summit finish at Andorra Arcalis. He was in the day's breakaway, then he made a solo move at the foot of the final climb, and time trialled all the way up, chased by Rafal Majka and Rui Costa. Dumoulin beat his two rivals by 38s at the line.
In the GC battle 8 minutes further back, Sergio Henao was the first to attack, then Chris Froome, then Dan Martin, then Bauke Mollema. The attacks whittled the group down. Of the favourites, Adam Yates crossed the line first, with Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana immediately behind him. There was a 2s gap to Richie Porte, Dan Martin, and Jesus Herrada.
This is a video of the closing stages of Stage 9:
The ninth stage of the 2016 Tour de France from Vielha Val d'Aran to Andorra Arcalis was a tough Pyrenean race in Spain and Andorra, finishing at an altitude of 2,240m.
There was a 25-man breakaway which included Thibaut Pinot, Rafal Majka, Tom Dumoulin, and Thomas de Gendt. Pinot led over the first climb, the Port de la Bonaigua.
The breakaway reduced to 20 riders, and forged a lead of 10 minutes. Peter Sagan was part of it until Andorra-la-Vella, where he won the intermediate sprint. He then dropped back from the lead group, with two climbs down, and three to go.
As the breakaway began the final climb, their lead was about 8 minutes, and the riders attacked each other. Tom Dumoulin rode off the front, and got a gap of around 30s. He battled his way up to Andorra Arcalis in the rain, to record a famous victory.
After the race, Dumoulin said, 'It's a dream, and it came true. I cannot even speak right now, I'm so tired. It's very, very special. I'm of course a time trial specialist, but today I showed that I can do more.'
Alberto Contador abandoned the race today.
CyclingNews has the full race results and overall standings.
This is the Stage 9 highlights video:
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, and as always there's a final processional stage to Paris.
Stage 10 of the 2016 Tour is a hilly stage, covering 197km from Escaldes Engordany (in Andorra) to Revel (in the Aude département of the south of France). The big (Category 1) climb comes near the start of the stage, to 2,408m at the top of the Port d'Envalira. After that, there's 60km of downhill, before rolling terrain near the finish. The riders reach Revel, then they have to do a finishing circuit involving a Category 3 climb of the Côte de Saint-Ferréol. The survivors of that ascent will battle it out in a sprint for the stage win back in the centre of Revel. Read about Stage 10, Tour de France 2016.
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