An eventful stage 9 of the 104th Tour de France saw the victory of Colombia's Rigoberto Uran in Chambéry after a fierce battle in three Hors-Category climbs. In a 6-man sprint including yellow jersey holder Chris Froome, the Cannondale-Drapac rider took his revenge over Frenchman Warren Barguil who deprived him of a highly awaited success in stage 16 of the 2013 Vuelta a España at Aramon-Formigal. Robert Gesink, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte successively abandoned after different...read more
“I wasn't aware that Fabio Aru attacked. I got to know it once the journalists told me at the finish. At the time, I was too busy looking for my team car for a bike change. From what I understand, it looks like Richie told my rivals ‘it's not the moment to attack'. I thank Richie for having said that and the whole group to not have taken advantage of this. When I touched Aru's arm later on, it wasn't retaliation. It wasn't on purpose. I said yesterday the GC would be blown away today and...read more
"Four years ago, it was me beating Rigo[berto Uran in stage 16 of the Vuelta a España] but today I passed him after the line. After the efforts I made in the breakaway today, I had heavy legs at the end. It's kind of an exploit I managed to sprint for the win and finish second. I'm disappointed but I'm also proud of the work of the team all day. I'm proud of myself because not many riders could have taken the breakaway after the efforts I produced yesterday. I was in pain in the first...read more
Fabio Baldato (BMC and Richie Porte's team director): "He was conscious from the beginning. I was a little bit behind him. I was looking at him. He had pains in the shoulder. We need to wait for the doctor, but the important thing is that he was conscious, he was asking for his helmet and his glasses, it's all I have to say. We rode the Mont du Chat four times before the race. In training, in races. We knew it was a dangerous one. I cannot say anything else. We are all sad, we did a lot of...read more
"I'm pretty tired. I gave up in the front group when I had nothing left. I really gave the maximum. But I'm happy with my ride. It was just an extremely hard day and I'm really looking for a rest day. I need it. I'm absolutely exhausted. In the past few years, Sky dictated the race. With this course today, I believe the organizers wanted to spice it up. That's one way to do it, have small roads, technical roads, hard roads to ride… I don't think there's anything wrong with that. It makes...read more
I wasn't sure if I had won or not. When I've been told I did, I've felt a lot of happiness. It was a big occasion for me after so many things happened today like the crash of Richie Porte. Then my derailleur was out of order. I managed to save myself and contest the stage victory. It's a surprise. I'm very happy to have won this complicated stage. It's also positive for the general classification. It's a great day for my team.
The 104th Tour de France is often introduced as little mountainous compared to previous editions, but the contenders of stage 9 might not think so when they'll hit the difficulties. Such a stage is unprecedented in the history of the event. Col de la Biche (doe), Grand Colombier and Mont du Chat (cat) are some of the steepest climbs to be experienced on French soil. Col de la Biche will be a first time, only 60km after the start in Nantua. Grand Colombier has been done in 2012 and 2016 but...read more
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