Sunday July 13th, 2014

Stage 9Gérardmer / Mulhouse

Start 13h20 (Local time)

Attackers, hands up!

Sporting stakes13.07.2014Stage 9- Gérardmer / Mulhouse

The second of the three stages in the Vosges only offers twenty kilometers of flat terrain – the last twenty! As soon as they'll leave Gérardmer and put the beautiful lake behind, the riders will have to climb. Col de la Schlucht is the first of six categorized hills with the most difficult being the Markstein, prolonged by the Grand Ballon, 46km before the finish in Mulhouse. This is a typical stage for attackers, similar to stage 13 of the 2009 Tour de France won by Heinrich Haussler in Colmar. Climbing abilities are required but the GC contenders won't be eager to fight from far out as they'll probably prefer to keep their energy for the grueling stage to Planche des belles filles on Bastille Day. Sylvain Chavanel would be a natural candidate for the victory in Mulhouse but he has already spent a lot of his resources on the way to La Mauselaine. Other French riders like Thomas Voeckler who is quite far down on GC and keen to shine in Alsace, the region where he was born, will be inspired by Blel Kadri's triumphs in Gérardmer.

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