Tour De France 2013 Stage 9 Saint Girons To Bagneres De Bigorre Review

Updated: July 7, 2013

Chris Froome kept his yellow jersey as Daniel Martin made a good break-away on the last climb to then cruise to the finish-line. Chris Froome didn’t personally look bothered by the constant threat of rival Quintana but the fact that throughout most of the race, none of his Sky team-mates were with him must have put him off a bit. Rohan Dennis (GRS) and Swiss-champion Michael Schar (BMC) did not start the race. Dimitri Murayev (AST), Benjamin Noval (TST) and Ivan Jose Gutierrez (MOV) abandoned and Kiryienka was outside the time limit.

The race started like yesterday where Hoogerland (VCD) attacked yet again very early on in the race, he was joined by Lemoine (SOJ) and Didier (RTL), but their lead didn’t last more than two minutes. Roy (FDJ) and Albasini (OGE) were the two next who attacked early on in the race, as that escape ended quickly, another started from two Garmin riders, Bauer and Millar, Bak (LTB) tried to join them, that was the only real gap established over the peloton. Van Garderen tried counter-attacking who was followed by Greschke (ARG), the peloton caught up with them easily, which left Bauer and Millar the leaders of the race at 17 kilmoetres by 35 seconds. There were still attacks from Rojas (MOV), Rolland (EUC) and Chavanel (OPQ) before Millar and Bauer got caught by the peloton.

Yesterday’s hero for Chris Froome, Peter kennaugh, crashed early on due to a stupid move from the cyclist next to him, which sent him flying off the road and cost him valuable time and left Chris Froome abandoned on the climbs. 13 riders lead the way for the first part of the first climb, Velits (OPQ), Rolland (EUC), Van Garderen (BMC), Gautier (EUC), Gasparotto (AST), Anton (EUS), Millar (GRS), Plaza made a move at the front to try and take maximum points of the first mountain, Rolland also attacked behind him, although Rolland wore the polka-dot jersey, he was second in the classification behind Froome before Stage 9. But by the time the summit emerged,  Jeannesson (FDJ) led Daniel Martin (GRS) to the top of the climb to take 5 pts and Dan Martin took 3 pts,  Danielson (GRS) 2 pts and  Niemiec (LAM) 1 pt.  Morabito (BMC) and Jeannesson (FDJ) were leading the race after the first climb on the descent. It didn’t take long for them to be joined by Jon Izaguirre (EUS) and Danielson (GRS).

Evans (BMC), like yesterday, struggled heavily on the climbs and was dropped behind the group. The cyclists were all separating and making small groups, as expected in these sort of stages. Porte was easily dropped off by the yellow jersey group, this left Froome without any team-mates. On the second climb the break-away group of Danielson (10 Pts), Hesjedal (8 Pts), Trofimov (6 Pts), Anton (4 Pts) and Rolland (2 Pts) led the way over the top ahead of the yellow jersey group.

Movistar played their tactics well through the mountains by leaving Froome’s team-mates behind early on and accelerating to make sure they couldn’t make it back and isolating Froome. Roche and Contador were struggling to keep up with the yellow jersey group and just trailing them at certain points.

The intermediate sprint was decided between the leaders De Gendt (20 Pts), Rolland (17 Pts), De Clercq (15 Pts) and Bardet (13 Pts).

The Peyresourde climb was decided by the leaders when De Gendt shocked Rolland when he found a surprising burst of pace after having looked like the weakest cyclist of the leaders, De Gendt (10 Pts), Rolland (8 Pts), De Clercq (6 Pts), Hesjedal (4 Pts), Bardet (2 Pts) and Bakelants (1 Pt).

With Clarke storming through to the top of the fourth climb while, the Canadian, Hesjedal was caught by the yellow jersey group and it didn’t take them long to drop him either. Clarke (10 Pts), Rolland (8 Pts), Bardet (6 Pts), De Clercq (4 Pts), Bakelants (2 Pts) and Castroviejo (1 Pt). There were four leaders 10 seconds ahead of Chris Froome’s group before the last climb of the day. At one stage of the climb, Irishman, Daniel Martin, decided to attack from the yellow jersey group and was followed by Astana rider, Fuglsang, the group didn’t seem concerned by the attack but only when Froome’s main rival on the mountains, Quintana, attacked, the pace of the group accelerated and Froome wasn’t going to let Quintana out of his sights. Martin took maximum points on the last climb and was 45 seconds ahead of Chris Froome. The descent was a fairly easy one and Martin and Fuglsang worked together to fend of the group behind them until the last sprint, Martin jumped out of Fuglsang’s slip-stream on the last 300 m to then sprint ahead of him and take the stage win.

Three jerseys

Stage Classification 

1 IRL D. Martin Garmin 4:43:03
2 DEN J. Fuglsang Astana +0
3 POL M. Kwiatkowski O.Ph.-Q-Step +20
4 SPA D. Moreno Katyusha +20
5 SPA Joa. Rodríguez Katyusha +20
6 AUS C. Evans BMC Racing +20
7 NED W. Poels Vacansoleil +20
8 NED B. Mollema Belkin +20
9 SPA D. Navarro Cofidis +20
10 BEL M. Monfort RadioShack +20
14 GBR C. Froome Team Sky +20
101 GBR P. Kennaugh Team Sky +22:43
102 GBR G. Thomas Team Sky +22:43
139 GBR I. Stannard Team Sky +26:20
141 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step +26:20
156 IRL N. Roche Saxo-Tinkoff +26:20
163 GBR D. Millar Garmin +26:20

General Classification

1 GBR C. Froome Team Sky 36:59:18
2 SPA A. Valverde Movistar +1:25
3 NED B. Mollema Belkin +1:44
4 NED L. ten Dam Belkin +1:50
5 CZE R. Kreuziger Saxo-Tinkoff +1:51
6 SPA A. Contador Saxo-Tinkoff +1:51
7 COL N. Quintana Movistar +2:02
8 IRL D. Martin Garmin +2:28
9 SPA Joa. Rodríguez Katyusha +2:31
10 POR R. Costa Movistar +2:45
44 IRL N. Roche Saxo-Tinkoff +30:10
70 GBR P. Kennaugh Team Sky +49:24
97 GBR D. Millar Garmin +01:06:11
148 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q.-Step +01:38:50
166 GBR I. Stannard Team Sky +01:48:16
174 GBR G. Thomas Team Sky +01:51:26

Team Classification 

1 Movistar 110:11:29
2 Saxo – Tinkoff +4:11
3 Belkin +5:22
4 AG2R +8:07
5 RadioShack +14:07
6 Euskaltel +14:42
7 Katyusha +20:37
8 BMC Racing +31:12
9 Garmin +32:10
10 Europcar +44:15
11 Lampre +44:41
12 Team Sky +46:24
13 Omega Pharma – Quick-Step +47:46
14 Cofidis +57:52
15 +1:10:39
16 Astana +1:17:45
17 Sojasun +1:26:20
18 Vacansoleil +1:31:47
19 Orica +1:47:57
20 Cannondale +2:31:01
21 Argos +2:46:49
22 Lotto +3:00:03

Points Classification 

1 SVK P. Sagan Cannondale 234 Pts
2 GER A. Greipel Lotto 141 Pts
3 GBR M. Cavendish O.Ph.-Q-Step 128 Pts

Mountain Classification

1 FRA P. Rolland Europcar 49 Pts
2 GBR C. Froome Team Sky 33 Pts
3 AUS R. Porte Team Sky 28 Pts

Under 25 Classification

1 COL N. Quintana Movistar 37:01:20
2 POL M. Kwiatkowski O.Ph.-Q-Step +1:23
3 FRA R. Bardet AG2R +5:07



“Tour De France 2013 Stage 9 Girons To Bagneres De Bigorre Review” written by Seb True

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