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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 13, Stage 9: Gérardmer - Mulhouse 170km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:30 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 8:58 BST

Stage preview

Christophe Riblon is overcome with emotion after winning on Alpe d'Huez

Stage details

Distance: 170km

Category: Medium mountains

Highest point: 1,336m

After finishing in Gérardmer the day before, the riders get to stay in town for the night and depart from there this morning. We are likely to see the general classification battle begin to take shape here, as they take on six classified climbs, including the first category one climb of the race.

The route leave no time to get in some road miles, as the road heads upwards almost as soon as the riders roll off the start line. The sprinters are in for a tough day and the grupetto will be forming pretty early.

There will already have been some tough days, especially the cobbles on stage five, so gaps will already be appearing in the general classification. With so many climbs on this stage, anyone who makes it into the break is in with a shot of wearing the polka-dot jersey by the end. This stage suits a rider such as Christophe Riblon, who won’t be put off tough parcours.

From the top of the final climb there is a long descent towards Cernay. Good descenders such as Vincenzo Nibali can use this as a chance to put some time into rivals like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. However, he may find it difficult to keep them at bay over the 20 kilometres of flat roads to the finish in Mulhouse.

Alex Sans Vega says... "Every time the Tour comes to the Vosges, the stages are very interesting. I expect a big group to go and make it to the finish. At this point, the sprinters' teams won't work and we won't see a clear leader. It's going to be exciting, with action from the start."

Local history

Jens Voigt has previous in these parts. In 2005, the Tour de France ran a stage from Gérardmer to Mulhouse that took in a few different climbs on that day. Michael Rasmussen was the winner on the day, after attacking at kilometre four. Voigt finished over three minutes later, but rode himself into yellow. It was also the stage where Jan Ullrich somersaulted his way off the side of the road.

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 9

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 9