Tour De France Review – Stage 9: Vannes to Plumelec

The plan was simple, go out there and smash them, win the stage and take the Yellow for Teejay. The BMC team can sleep happy tonight, they left it all out there but it was not enough. The American team won today’s team time-trail by 62 hundreds of a second from Team Sky

BMC Stage 9 TDF

BMC completed the 28km in 32min 15sec at an average of 52.09 km/h. It was a great dispaly of power and it has taken Van Garderen up to second overall, 12 seconds behind Chris Froome.

Although condeeding a second to Van Garderen, Team Sky rider Froome managed to put another 3s into Quintana and 27s into Contador with Movistar finishing 4s down on BMC and Tinkof 28s. Nibali lost a whopping 34s to Froome as Astana crossed the line 35s behind BMC.

Stage Highlights:

  • In today’s stage, the 10 top teams had everything to gain and everything to lose. Indeed, they truly earned their money, and of course their rest day tomorrow. The valuable yellow jersey was at stake. Well done to Chris Froome (SKY) and Team SKY for staying on top. Although BMC riders Tejay van Garderen and Greg van Avermaet are breathing down his neck with less than one minute between them.
  • Historically, in a time-trial, the final winner has the fastest split times throughout the distance. In today’s 28 km team test, SKY were just one second ahead of world champions BMC at the first split, and under the impetus of leader Froome (SKY), looked certain winners. However, in the final 300 m to the finish line, SKY faded slightly – unfortunately the fifth rider in the team could not hold on – to lose by a valuable second.
  • When the race resumes on Bastille Day on Tuesday and the riders resume the battle, the French will be out on the streets once again.

Day in data:

  • Stage 9, a 28 kms team time-trial from Vannes (12th time stage town) to Plumelec (5th time stage town), where cycling is almost a religion.
  • 200 km – the number of mountain bike trails and bike routes within the Saint-Jean region.
  • 900 km – of coastline, 170 beaches and an archipelago of beautiful islands, along the Gulf of Morbihan.
  • 6.2% – the average gradient of Côte de Cadoudal, the final 1.7 km climb to the finish line of today’s stage.
  • 185 – the number of riders who started today’s stage.
  • 5th – the position of the rider whose time determined the team score in today’s team-trial.
  • 2016.2 km – distance the cyclists still have to race to the finish on the Champs-Élysées. 
  • 6 – the number of ORICA GreenEDGE (OGE) riders in the team time-trial, making them the smallest team today. 
  • 78.37 km/h – top speed on the stage by Nicolas Roche (SKY) at km 16.5.
  • 04’ 33” – the time gap between the first and last team.

Stage Winners:
USA | BMC Racing Team
Stage time: 32′ 15″
Top speed: 77.54 km/h
Average speed of team: 52.09 km/h

Overall Jersey Leaders:
yellowJersey_sGBR | Chris Froome – SKY | 31h 34′ 12″

GreenJerseyNew_SSVK | Peter Sagan – TCS | 213 points

whiteJersey_sSVK | Peter Sagan – TCS | 31h 34′ 50″

PolkaDotJersey_sERI | Daniel Teklehaimanot – MTN | 4 points

Tomorrow is a rest day, and it is fair to say that after a week of hard racing the riders will look forward to it. Join us again on Tuesday for more data from this year’s Tour De France when we will see the first mountain stage of this year’s eddition. The riders will cover 167km as they make their way from Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-Martin.

The stage will see four categorised climbs, the fourth one being the Horse Category climb of LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN (1 610 m) a 15.3 kilometre-long climb avaraging 7.4%. The Tour starts here!

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