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Le Tour 2019 – Stage 9

Tour de FranceSaint-Étienne > Brioude

Distance: 170.5 kilometers.

Officially a “hilly” stage, which is true if a category 1 climb is now a hill:

  • Mur d’Aurec-sur-Loire 36.5 km (cat 1: 3.2km @ 11%)
  • Côte des Guillaumanches 106 km (cat 3: 7.8km @ 4.1%)
  • Côte de Saint-Just 157.5 km (cat 2: 3.6km @ 7.2%)

The intermediate sprint is at 92 km, Arlanc, and there is a sprint finish.

While the Jerseys and GC standings have ossified to a large degree, riders are still vying for individual achievements. Today it was South African Daryl Impey and Belgian Tiesj Benoot. They waited until the last 13 kilometers and then pushed themselves to the max, with Impey winning the final sprint.

Alessandro De Marchi of CCC, a break-away specialist, was carted off in an ambulance at the ten kilometer mark after an accident that left him laying face-down in the road.

Yellow Jersey Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) [Yellow] 38h 37′ 36″
Green Jersey Peter Sagan ( Svk – BOH – 011 ) [Green] 204 points
Polka Dot Jersey Tim Wellens ( Bel – LTS – 168 ) [Polka Dot] 43 points
White Jersey Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) [White] 2

Stage winner: Daryl Impey ( RSA – MTS – 105 )
Combative: Tiesj Benoot ( Bel – LTS – 162 ) [Red numbers]
Team: Trek – Segafredo ( TFS – 131-138 ) [Yellow numbers]

Top 30:

Alessandro De Marchi
1 Julian Alaphilippe ( Fra – DQT – 021 ) –
2 Giulio Ciccone ( Ita – TFS – 133 ) + 00h 00′ 23″
3 Thibaut Pinot ( Fra – GFC – 051 ) + 00h 00′ 53″
4 George Bennett ( NZl – TJV – 082 ) + 00h 01′ 10″
5 Geraint Thomas ( GBr – INS – 001 ) + 00h 01′ 12″
6 Egan Bernal ( Col – INS – 002 ) + 00h 01′ 16″
7 Steven Kruijswijk ( Ned – TJV – 081 ) + 00h 01′ 27″
8 Rigoberto Uran ( Col – EF1 – 091 ) + 00h 01′ 38″
9 Jakob Fuglsang ( Den – AST – 071 ) + 00h 01′ 42″
10 Emanuel Buchmann ( Ger – BOH – 012 ) + 00h 01′ 45″
11 Enric Mas ( Spa – DQT – 025 ) + 00h 01′ 46″
12 Adam Yates ( GBr – MTS – 101 ) + 00h 01′ 47″
13 Xandro Meurisse ( Bel – WGB – 195 ) + 00h 02′ 02″
14 Nairo Quintana ( Col – MOV – 061 ) + 00h 02′ 04″
15 Mikel Landa Meana ( Spa – MOV – 065 ) + 00h 02′ 06″
16 Daniel Martin ( Irl – UAD – 121 ) + 00h 02′ 09″
17 David Gaudu ( Fra – GFC – 053 ) + 00h 02′ 15″
18 Richie Porte ( Aus – TFS – 131 ) + 00h 02′ 19″
19 Bauke Mollema ( Ned – TFS – 136 ) + 00h 02′ 45″
20 Patrick Konrad ( Aut – BOH – 014 ) + 00h 02′ 46″
21 Alexey Lutsenko ( Kaz – AST – 076 ) + 00h 02′ 54″
22 Alejandro Valverde ( Spa – MOV – 062 ) + 00h 03′ 18″
23 Romain Bardet ( Fra – ALM – 031 ) + 00h 03′ 20″
24 Warren Barguil ( Fra – PCB – 211 ) + 00h 03′ 26″
25 Roman Kreuziger ( Cze – TDD – 206 ) + 00h 03′ 28″
26 Fabio Aru ( Ita – UAD – 122 ) + 00h 03′ 48″
27 Guillaume Martin ( Fra – WGB – 191 ) + 00h 03′ 50″
28 Nicolas Roche ( Irl – SUN – 148 ) + 00h 07′ 01″
29 Marc Soler ( Spa – MOV – 067 ) + 00h 08′ 21″
30 Vincenzo Nibali ( Ita – TBM – 041 ) + 00h 08′ 56″

Withdrew:
Alessandro De Marchi ( Ita – CCC – 113 )

Note: Wikipedia has a simple article on the Mountain classification used on the Tour. The basic fact is that climbs fall into five types, with the four numbered types decreasing in difficulty as the numbers get larger, and then there is the Hors Catégorie, literally “without category”, which generally makes you look for an elevator or Sherpas.

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