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Tour de France, Stage 9 – LiveBlog

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – 204.5 km

Tour de France Profile Stage 9

Tour de France Profile Stage 9

Today’s climbs:

* Km 18.5 – Côte de Châtillon – 2.1 km climb to 3.9 % – Category 4
* Km 46.0 – Col de la Colombière – 16.5 km climb to 6.7 % – Category 1
* Km 71.0 – Col des Aravis – 7.6 km climb to 5.9 % – Category 2
* Km 97.0 – Col des Saisies – 14.4 km climb to 5.1 % – Category 1
* Km 172.5 – Col de la Madeleine – 25.5 km climb to 6.2 % – Category H

Category H?? Yikes!

5:40 AM EDT
They’re off! After a 1,9 km free ride the riders hit the start line.

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9

5:55
11 riders have broken away from the main group.

Coffee is ready I’ll be right back…

6:00
Today’s stage starts with a Category 1 climb at the 45 km mark. 16.5 km with a 8.2 degree gradient.

The breakaway is not the usual up until now’, riders who won’t be at the line at the end trying to beat the odds. Thor Hushovd, Jerome Pineau, Jose Ivan Gutierrez are in this mornings breakaway. Now at the foot of the Category 1 Col de la Colombière.

6:12

Tour de France LIVE

Tour de France LIVE 6:12AM

Robert Hunter and Yaroslav Popovych are trying to catch the escapees. They are 1:15 back. Cristophe Kern is 30 seconds behind them. The main group is 3:23 from the leaders.

The breakaway:

  1. Jerome Pineau
  2. Thor Hushovd
  3. Jens Voigt
  4. Sandy Casar
  5. Rinaldo Nocentini
  6. Johannes Frohlinger
  7. Anthony Charteau
  8. Cyril Gautier
  9. Luis-Loen Sanchez
  10. Christophe Moreau
  11. Jose Ivan Gutierrez

6:35

The main group includes the regulars including Evens, Contador, and Van Den Brouke, Menchov, Hesjedal, Leipheimer, Chavenal, Armstrong…

6:42AM

The main group has taken 30 seconds off the breakaways lead going up the Col de la Colombière. They are chasing them back to the pack.

6:50

The breakaway has split into 3 groups:

  • The breakaway is 9 riders.
  • 1st chase: Rin Taaramae, Damiano Cunego.
  • 2nd chase: Thor Hushovd.
  • 3rd chase:  John Gadret and Kevin Steeldrayers,
  • ..then the main group.

7:00

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 7:00 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 7:00 AM EDT

The main group is 3:12 back.

7:18
Wow. At the bottom of the Col des Aravis a 7.6 km climb to 7.4 degree Category 2, the breakaway has consolidated, the main group 3:45 behind.

Tour de France LIVE - 7:11 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE - 7:11 AM EDT

7:24
The breakaway

  1. Jerome Pineau
  2. Jens Voigt
  3. Sandy Casar
  4. Rinaldo Nocentini
  5. Johannes Frohlinger
  6. Anthony Charteau
  7. Cyril Gautier
  8. Luis-Loen Sanchez
  9. Jose Ivan Gutierrez
  10. Christophe Moreau
  11. Rin Tarramae
  12. Damiano Cunego

7:44
The break away maintained a 5:00 lead as the Peloton crests the summit.

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - #5 7:43 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 7:43 AM EDT

7:56
A little review for the webmaster at letour.fr. :)
I was typing all these names from the virtual leaders list, because the widget doesn’t allow you to cut and paste. I was a major pain because the thing updates every minute and a half and I have to scroll it back to where I was – again, and the scroll feature sucks – it’s not very responsive three rolls of my mouse wheel gets you 3mm change.

This time, I took a picture instead.
8:11

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 Virtual leaders list at 7:56 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 Virtual leaders list at 7:56 AM EDT


Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 Virtual Leaders List at 8 04 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 Virtual Leaders List at 8 04 AM EDT


Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 Virtual Leaders List at 8 11 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 Virtual Leaders List at 8 11 AM EDT

8:34
It’s interesting that the Peloton shaved about 30 seconds on the way up the last two Categoty 1′s; then down the other side the breakaway adds the 30 seconds back on. The question remains though, can the Peloton or some part of it, catch the breakaway going up the last climb, the monster Col de la Madeleine, a 25.5 km climb to 7.8 degree – Category H where the breakaway may split up and perhaps meet endurance walls?

The H must stand for ‘Hell Climb’. The length of this climb, which will come in about and hour (around 9:30 AM EDT) averages 7.8 degree slope, but parts especially near the top, say Versus announcers, are near 12 degrees incline!

The Peloton crests the Category 1, Col des Saisies, 4:33 behind the breakaway. Will the Peloton take chances on the way down to try and take some time off the breakaway’s lead?

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 8:35 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 8:35 AM EDT

8:51
The Peloton is turning it on down the Col des Saisies, the gap remains 4:30. But, perhaps that is not good enough, the Peloton needs to close the gap on the down side – not just maintain (imho).

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 8 48 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 8 48 AM EDT

9:00
How high a climb is the Col de la Madeleine? Well, in the valley that the riders are approaching now, it’s 30°C; at the top of the Col de la Madeleine (1,625 metres up), it’s 18°C!

9:17
In a Versus interview with Lance Armstrong on OLN, the champion described his fall just before the fist Category 1 climb yesterday. He said he was going 60 kph when he hit the black top. Armstrong said, “I’ve got road burn scares up and down both sides of my body”.

He also commented that the Peloton, at that moment, began accelerating.

Was he intimating that the gentleman’s agreement – nobody takes advantage of a crash, of the misfortune of another rider – was off at that moment? When the ‘great-one’ fell? When the ‘has-been’ fell? Or was he saying it was just bad luck? If I understand where on the course he’s talking about, he did fall out of the Peloton…

Also, team RadioShack has decided that Levi Leipheimer is the team’s lead, figuring he now is the teams best chance at a Podium finish in Paris. So Lance Armstrong is now a Domestique.

9:35
The Col de la Madeleine dominates the skyline for the riders in the valley. The breakaway has extended their lead on the flat here, now a 6:30 gap. In a few minutes they will embark up the mountain.

Is the Peloton marking it’s pace, preserving it’s strength for the hell to come? …a hell the breakaway, now 6:34 ahead, seems blithely unaware of?

Are they speeding into the mouth of a monster of their own design? The Versus guy says, “The charge of the Light Brigade”. :)

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 9:29 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 9:29 AM EDT

9:35
Jerome Pineau has been dropped by the lead group, now 11.

9:47
List of those off the lead group:
9. Rinaldo Nocentini
10. Johannes Frohlinger +1:50
11. Jerome Pineau +1:50
12. Rin Taaramae +3:10

9:58
The Peloton:
15. Evens
16. Contador
17. Van Der Broeke
18. Menchov
19. Hesjedal
20. Kreuziger
21. Levi Leipheimer

..and many more

10:09
Half way up the big climb. Versus says there are 30 in the Peloton. LIVE says there only 5 left in the lead group.

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 10 05 AM EDT

Tour de France LIVE Stage 9 - 10 05 AM EDT

10:12
Evans has fallen off the lead group.

10:23
Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador are trying break each other 3:30 behind the lead group, that are 4 now. 36 km to go.

Andy Sleck and Alberto Contador in Chase 1, behind 3 leaders

Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador in Chase 1, behind 3 leaders


Ryder Hesjedal is 15th.

10:28

Armstong making progress on the lead group +4:25

Armstong making progress on the lead group +4:25

10:40

Lead group reaches the summit 10:37 AM EDT

Lead group reaches the summit 10:37 AM EDT

11:00
I don’t know what kind of picture to draw for you right now. The race is spread out all over the mountain and the letour.fr site has lost track of most rider’s times and positions. The guys on TV are saying next to nothing as we mostly follow behind the leaders going really fast down a hill.

Alberto Contador is the only “in-contention” rider who is in a position to improve in the General Classification.

11:05

Tour de France Stage 9 commentary at 11:05 AM EDT

Tour de France Stage 9 commentary at 11:05 AM EDT


The Contador Chase group (Shleck, Contador, Moreau) is catching the leaders – 50 seconds behind now!

11:10
Contador Chase group + 0:38 !!

11:11
Chase group 10 second back!

Schleck paces the chase group and catches the lead group! 11:13

Schleck paces the chase group and catches the lead group! 11:13

11:15
Sandy Casar wins the stage in a sprint that ends at a corner – around which is a line – a finish line.

Stage Finish

(Canadian riders in bold)
1. Sandy Cacar 0:00
2. Luis-Leon Sanchez + 00′ 00″
3. Damiano Cunego + 00′ 00″
4. Christophe Moreau + 00′ 02″
5. Anthony Charteau + 00′ 02″
6. Alberto Contador + 00′ 02″
7. Andy Schleck + 00′ 02″

18. Lance Armstrong + 02′ 50″ (6th group)

23. Ryder Hesjedal + 04′ 53″ (9th group)

65. Michaël Barry + 20′ 39″

Overall Standings after Stage 9

Tour de France Overall Standings after Stage 9

Tour de France Overall Standings after Stage 9

31. Lance Armstrong + 15′ 54″

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