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Tour de France 2013

Date range:
June 29 - July 21, 2013
  • Tour de France, France,
  • Stages. Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Porto-Vecchio
      End location:
      Bastia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Bastia
      End location:
      Ajaccio
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Ajaccio
      End location:
      Calvi
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      25km
      Location
      Nice (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Cagnes-sur-mer
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Aix-en-Provence
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Castres
      End location:
      Ax 3 Domaines
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Girons
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Bigorre
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      St-Gildas-des-Bois
      End location:
      Saint Malo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Avranches
      End location:
      Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Fougères
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Saint-Amand-Montrond
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
      End location:
      Lyon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      242.5km
      Start location:
      Givors
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Rest day 2

      Location
      Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Vaison-la-Romaine
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      32km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Chorges (ITT)
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Gap
      End location:
      l'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Le Grand Bornand
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy-Semnoz
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      133.5km
      Start location:
      Versailles
      End location:
      Paris - Champs-Elysées
  • Race history

July 7, Stage 9: Saint-Girons - Bagnères-de-Bigorre 168.5km

Tour de France: Stage 9

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 04:19,
Updated:
June 17, 2013, 19:03

Saint-Girons - Bagnères-de-Bigorre 168.5 km

A Pyrenean rollercoaster

A second – but very different – Pyrenean stage. Whereas all the climbing the day before was packed into the final few kilometres, this is more of a classic Pyrenean day, featuring five substantial passes. The action begins on the Portet d'Aspet, where a break is almost certain to form and then cement its advantage as it heads on to the Col de Menté. Between the descent off this pass and the start of the next, there's a short section in the valley before the riders embark on a 60km rollercoaster up and down the Peyresourde, Val Louron and the Hourquette d'Ancizan, another of the '21st-century climbs', first included in 2011. On that occasion, Jérémy Roy went away on his own on the descent and it's not implausible that one of the main contenders might fancy their chances of emulating him on the long drop down. A tricky stage for the GC riders but it would be no surprise to see Sky take control and ensure all of the star names finish together with much tougher mountain stages still to come.

Stephen Roche: "I don't like to see riders waiting for the last climb to attack, it makes racing monotonous. But this stage offers terrain where someone could blow the race apart from a long way out. These aren't the toughest climbs, which might encourage more attacks, but I'm not holding my breath."

Local history

If you can recall that the last rider to win a stage into Bagnères-de-Bigorre was Vladimir Efimkin, you're one up on the Procycling staff. Riccardo Riccò won the 2008 stage into the spa town where Tour winner Laurent Fignon owned a hotel – but Efimkin was handed the victory when 'The Cobra' tested positive.

Maps and profiles courtesy of ASO

Tour de France 2013: Stage 9 map

Tour de France 2013: Stage 9 profile

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