Sunday July 10th, 2016

Stage 9Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis

Start 12h05 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 9 (Vielha Val d'Aran / Andorre Arcalis) - Tour de France...

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After winning at the Vuelta a España and the Giro d'Italia, Tom Dumoulin claimed his first ever victory at the Tour de France in horrendous conditions as the storm made the race hard and memorable in the last climb of the day after racing in hot conditions. Like Jan Ullrich in 1997 and Brice Feillu in 2009, the Dutchman won in Arcalis where Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey as he kept the situation under control even when the 20-man breakaway had more than ten minutes lead. For...

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“Yesterday I felt better but I didn't lose anything to the best rider and it makes me very satisfied. Today at the beginning it was very complicated. With the breakaway and Contador's attack, we didn't know where to look. I had no problem with the rain at the end. I actually prefer the rain that racing with 45° and not being able to breathe. I'm very happy. I reach the rest day in a very good position. I just need to recover well. I'd like to win a stage but as long as I have options on...

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“I keep the green jersey for the first rest day, I can be happy with that. I just want to enjoy my time with my family during the rest day. There are some opportunities left for sprinters but the stage that appeals to me is the last one in Paris. It's a shame that Mark Renshaw had to pull out but he was very sick last night. There was no other solution.”

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“This is a dream come true. It's been an incredible day. I'm so happy that I've won the queen stage! It's special. I've showed that I'm not only a time trial specialist. I can do more. A few days ago, had you asked me if I was going to win the queen stage, I would have said you're crazy. I wasn't feeling good at the beginning of the Tour but eventually I felt better these past few days and even very good this morning so I decided to go on the attack. I took a few turns in the breakaway but...

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“It was a tough stage and the weather conditions made it even tougher. It was super hot before we got rain on our head and ice falling from the sky. The temperature went down to 10°. We went from an extreme to another. It made the race harder but it's still a great day for us. I'm happy to still be in yellow. My team-mates did a good job from start to finish. We were put under pressure by Contador and Valverde in the first climb but we didn't panic. We went after them. I owe to my...

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Romain Bardet (Ag2R): "At first the heat was suffocating and then we had a hailstorm. The temperature gap was enormous. The outcome of this first part of this Tour de France is pretty good. I had planned to improve gradually for the third week and I'm really glad about my first week. I only lost some 20 seconds today and had I raced a little better, I could have finished with the yellow jersey group. It's my best start to the Tour, my best first ten days. It's a morale booster even though...

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana):  "It was a hard, difficult stage. We all felt tired. Yesterday I was not feeling well. Today i was in better shape and I tried to help Fabio Aru. In the end it was so so. The rest day will help us recover."

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“It's the glass half full half empty. I'm really disappointed because I targeted the stage victory. That was my priority and I was convinced that I was able to make it until we reach the last climb. I'm not sure what happened there. I possibly had a hungerflat. But I've not lost everything since I now have the polka dot jersey. It can become an objective even though I'd really like to win a stage. The Tour is not over.”

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Forced out after his two crashes last week, Alberto Contador explained why he had given up.

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Sporting stakes10.07.2016

Froome can already play in defense

Talking about the Tour de France route he studied during the off season, Chris Froome highlighted Andorra as the first major appointment for a fight between the favourites. He didn't expect to be in the yellow jersey ahead of stage 9. Moreover, he didn't expect to win the way he did at Bagnères-de-Luchon, riding away solo in the downhill after cresting the col de Peyresourde. He didn't create a massive gap and the Tour is far from over. He has 23 seconds lead over Nairo Quintana and Fabio...

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Presentation - Stage 9 by Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) - Tour de France 2016

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2016 security video

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Jersey wearers after the stage 2

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