Tour de France 2017

July 1-23, Düsseldorf, France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Live coverage of a hugely important day in the fight for the yellow jersey. 

 

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  1. 10:54:09 CEST

    Hello there, and welcome to Cyclingnews' live race centre for full rolling coverage of stage 9 of the Tour de France. 

     

    You join us on one of the most critical, one of the most mouthwatering, days of this year's Tour. 181.5 kilometres, seven categorised climbs - three of them hors-cat - and more than 5000 metres of altitude gain. You have the profile above and you only have to glance at it to know that this is a brute of a stage. 

  2. 10:59:29 CEST

    The riders and crowds have all gathered in Nantua and we're currently going through the pre-race motions - sign-on, coffee, haircuts etc. The riders will roll out of the start town at 11.45 local time, and 10 minutes later Christian Prudhomme will emerge from his red car, wave his flag, and the stage will be underway. That much, I can predict. After that, it's anyone's guess.

     

  3. 11:02:38 CEST

    First things first, check out our stage 9 preview, featuring a video run-through and insight from Phil Anderson.

     

    Tour de France 2017: Stage 9 preview

     

  4. 11:08:16 CEST

    As Bora point out, the stage climbs from the gun, with a short cat-2 climb followed immediately by a third-cat climb. No one will want to be caught cold, and that's why there are plenty of riders out on the rollers and turbos outside the team buses this morning. 

  5. 11:14:39 CEST

    This is how things stand on GC

     

    1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 33:19:10
    2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12
    3 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:14
    4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:25
    5 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:39
    6 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:43
    7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:47
    8 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:52
    9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:54
    10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:01

     

  6. 11:24:43 CEST

    Let's talk about the Mont du Chat

     

    It hasn't featured in the Tour since Eddy Merckx was famously dropped there in 1974, but you may remember it from last month's Dauphiné, and the finale of today's stage is almost identical to that day - up the punishing western face and down the white-knuckle ride to the Lac du Bourget. The only difference is there is another 10km or so of flat roads to the finish line today. 

     

    Romain Bardet's AG2R La Mondiale team know the Mont du Chat well, with their base and service course positioned practically at the foot of the descent. At the Dauphiné we spoke to DS Julien Jurdie for a detailed insight into the climb and the equally important descent. You can read that here

  7. 11:31:27 CEST

    The difference between today's stage and the Dauphiné's, of course, is what lies before the Mont du Chat. While that was pretty much the only difficulty on the parcours last month, today the riders will have a huge amount of climbing in the legs already, including the Col de la Biche and the Grand Colombier. Endurance will play a far bigger role, and there's always the chance that the race will have been blown apart before they even reach the foot of the final climb. 

  8. 11:37:46 CEST

    That Wanty tweet raises an important point: the weather. 

     

    Rain is predicted throughout today's stage and, with such a heavy load of descending, this will be a treacherous day out - not least on the already-dastardly final descent, where the endgame will be unfolding and risks will be taken. 

  9. 11:41:46 CEST

    'I expect the GC to be blown wide open'

     

    Race leader and three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is braced for a big day. You can read the full story here

     

  10. 11:45:21 CEST

    Here's Nairo Quintana on the rollers. He was disappointing on La Planche des Belles Filles but this is a stage that suits him far better, and by the end of the day we should have a true indication of his chances of winning the Tour after three podium finishes. 

     

  11. 11:49:08 CEST

    They're off

     

    The riders roll out for the départ fictif.

     

  12. 11:53:30 CEST

    For more preview of today's stage, here's a story from Alasdair Fotheringham, with the thoughts of Quintana and his Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué.

     

    Early showdown for Tour de France in Jura mountains on Sunday

     

  13. 11:58:30 CEST

    KM0

     

    Prudhomme rises through the sunroof of the car, flag in hand, and, as we pass the kilometre-zero banner, he signals that the stage is officially underway. Here we go!

     

  14. 11:58:48 CEST

    Tim Wellens attacks from the gun. 

  15. 11:59:29 CEST

    The second-category Côte des Neyrolles has already begun. 3.2km at 7.2%.

  16. 12:00:09 CEST

    Arnaud Demare, who fought to make the time cut yesterday, is dropped immediately. He has teammates with him but this is set to be another brutal day ahead of the broom wagon for the French champion.

  17. 12:00:34 CEST

    Wellens has a gap as riders pile off the front in pursuit. 

  18. 12:04:10 CEST

    A great effort from Wellens, who is stretching out his advantage. Alessandro De Marchi, one of Richie Porte's BMC domestiques, looks to make his way over now.

     

  19. 12:04:54 CEST

    There's a large group of breakaway hopefuls sitting just ahead of the peloton, where Team Sky are tapping out a steady rhythm. 

     

  20. 12:06:47 CEST

    Thibaut Pinot attacks. The Frenchman finished fourth in the Giro d'Italia and came here with the goal of stage wins and maybe the polka-dot jersey. He said he needed to ride his way into form and wrote off any chances in the first week, but is today his day? It's certainly a key day for the polka-dots. 

  21. 12:07:17 CEST

    Pinot reaches Wellens and skips away from him to take the five points on offer at the summit of the climb.

     

  22. 12:12:58 CEST

    Mori cries out in pain as he lies on the ground. He's clutching his shoulder. That looks like race over for him.

     

  23. 175km remaining from 181.5km

    12:13:57 CEST

    As more riders come over to Pinot and Wellens, the lead group has swelled to more than 30.

     

  24. 12:14:48 CEST

    Alberto Contador has sent Bauke Mollema and Jarlinson Pantano - two of his most important mountain domestiques - into this breakaway group. 

     

  25. 12:17:49 CEST

    Robert Gesink has abandoned the race, along with Mori. He was involved in the same crash.

  26. 12:18:34 CEST

    The riders are on the third-cat Col de Bérentin, 4.1km at 6.1%. 

     

  27. 12:18:55 CEST

    We'll bring you a full list of riders in the break shortly. 

     

  28. 170.5km remaining from 181.5km

    12:22:51 CEST

    The break nears the summit and he skips away for the KOM banner once again. De Gendt and Geschke follow but the Frenchman collects another two points. It's clear that he fancies the polka-dots today. 

     

  29. 12:24:54 CEST

    Sky lead the peloton over the top of the climb 1:45 in arrears.

  30. 12:30:33 CEST

    Here is a provisional list of breakaway riders

     


    Ten Dam, Geschke, Barguil, Arndt, Matthews (Sunweb)

    Benoot, Gallopin, Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

    Bakelants, Domont, Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale)

    Feillu, Pichon, Sepulveda (Fortuneo)

    Betancur, Herrada (Movistar)

    Mollema, Pantano (Trek-Segafredo)

    Rolland, Van Baarle (Cannondale)

    De Marchi, Moinard (BMC)

    Voeckler, Chavanel (Direct Energie)

    Edet, Navarro (Cofidis)

    Kiserlovski, Machado (Katusha-Alpecin)

    Kozhatayev, Lutsenko (Astana

    Laengen, Durasek (UAE)

    Pinot (FDJ)

    Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)

    Moreno (Bahrain-Merida)

    Stybar (Quick-Step)

    Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe)

    Albasini (Orica-Scott)

     

  31. 12:33:15 CEST

    We make it 38 in the break. Sky, Dimension Data, and Wanty would seem to be the only teams not represented.

     

  32. 12:37:51 CEST

    Sky, then, look to be on the defensive for a second day in a row. With his two most important men up the road, what is Contador planning?

     

  33. 12:40:29 CEST

    The riders are currently making their way down a lengthy descent to the foot of the Col de la Biche, the first of the three HC climbs. The descent is interrupted after 35km by the third-category Côte de Franclens.

     

  34. 12:41:33 CEST

    The newly-surfaced roads are slick in the wet and Sepulveda comes a cropper, but he looks ok.

     

  35. 12:42:05 CEST

    Voeckler and Laengen are off the back of the lead group, a minute back now. 

  36. 147km remaining from 181.5km

    12:50:00 CEST

    Luke Rowe continues to lead the peloton for Sky, with the gap standing at 2:30. Henao needs a wheel change but he'll get back in.

  37. 145km remaining from 181.5km

    12:52:22 CEST

    De Gendt leads the break onto the third climb of the day, the Côte de Franclens, 2.4km at 6%. 

     

  38. 12:56:05 CEST

    Stybar and Feillu have been dropped from the break, along with Laengen, Voeckler, and Sepulveda. 

  39. 143.5km remaining from 181.5km

    12:56:39 CEST

    De Gendt picks up the points at the top of the climb. Pinot comes across third and so can't add to his tally. 

     

  40. 12:57:16 CEST

    We're hearing that Gesink has been taken to hospital with a possible back injury.

     

  41. 13:01:41 CEST

    Sepulveda is back with the bunch. Voeckler, Feillu, Domont, and Laengen are together chasing down the break. And they have them in sight now. 

  42. 13:06:46 CEST

    Voeckler, Feillu, Laengen, and Domont are back with the break, not without a vigorous piece of arm-waving from Feillu, who felt the others weren't pulling their weight. 

     

    The break is therefore back up to 38 riders. 

     

  43. 13:16:38 CEST

    We're approaching the first big climb of the day, the Col de la Biche. And it's soon followed by the Grand Colombier. This is how it looks. 

     

     

     

  44. 13:24:47 CEST

    Sky continue to set a steady tempo in the peloton, 3:30 behind the breakaway. Will we see the GC battle light up on the Col de la Biche?

     

  45. 13:25:36 CEST

    Ten Dam leads the breakaway on the early slopes of the climb. 

     

  46. 13:30:15 CEST

    Rowe and Knees continue to lead the peloton on this HC climb. They're not natural climbers and that means the gap to the break is growing out again, but better for Sky to have them around for what's to come here. 

  47. 13:32:51 CEST

    Tim Wellens and Nikias Arndt are suffering at the back of the breakaway. 

     

  48. 13:35:41 CEST

     De Gendt is the next to drop off the back of the lead group. With 120 km to go, the gap has grown to 4:22.

  49. 13:37:06 CEST

    No smiles on the faces today, all are either grim-faced or gasping for air.

     

  50. 13:38:39 CEST

    The sprinters are, as expected, falling out of the peloton: Greipel, Kittel, Bouhanni. Going to be a rather large gruppetto today, we suspect.

     

  51. 13:40:41 CEST

     The lead group still has five km to the summit.

  52. 13:41:41 CEST

    Stybar is the next to let go from the first group.

     

  53. 13:47:00 CEST

    The peloton is giving up time here, as the gap is over 4:45 now, with 117 km and much climbing still to come.

     

  54. 13:47:18 CEST

    A mechanical for Fuglsang, not the best time for that. 

     

  55. 13:48:19 CEST

    A teammate is pulling him back up to the peloton. The gap is now 5:11.

     

  56. 13:50:01 CEST

    Ten Dam continues to lead things, what a display of strength from the Dutchman. Edet fades away from the back of the lead group.

     

  57. 13:53:46 CEST

    The gap to the peloton is now nearing the 5:30 mark.......

     

  58. 13:55:56 CEST

    Rolland jumps from the lead group as they near the summit. He is soon joined by a handful of others in an uphill sprint.

     

  59. 13:56:37 CEST

    Roglic builds up a small gap in the lead. The former ski jumper knows how to deal with mountains.

     

  60. 13:57:33 CEST

    And Roglic wins the mountain points!

     

  61. 13:58:41 CEST

    Roglic keeps going, with four other riders close behind. The rest of the lead group is coming on in dribs and drabs.

     

  62. 13:59:51 CEST

    It is apparently raining at the moment, as it has been off and on all stage. 

     

  63. 14:01:11 CEST

    It is not clear who was second at the mountain ranking, as some sources say Pinot and others Vuillermoz.

     

  64. 14:02:18 CEST

    110 km to go, and the peloton is now 6:20 back. One begins to wonder if they will be able to catch up.

     

  65. 14:03:14 CEST

    Things have come together again at the head of the race, as they race down in the rain on wet roads.

     

  66. 14:04:39 CEST

    The Sky-led peloton crosses over at about 6:40 back.

     

  67. 14:05:35 CEST

    A crash on the descent, with 3 riders involved.

     

  68. 14:07:39 CEST

    The mountain points went to: Roglic, Vuillermois, Barguil, Pinot and Mollema.

     

  69. 14:08:53 CEST

    The three riders out of the lead group in that crash were Herrada, Kozhatayev and Lutsenko. Herrada has abandoned.

  70. 14:09:52 CEST

    Three AG2R riders have built up a small lead With the rain continuing, all are being a bit more careful at the moment.

     

  71. 14:10:33 CEST

    AG2R is also leading the peloton. Calmejane, yesterday's winner, has finally been dropped by that group.

     

  72. 14:11:41 CEST

    Crash! Geraint Thomas is down.

  73. 14:12:42 CEST

    That's exactly the same corner as the one where Herrada et al went down. Thomas is on the floor, sitting up at the moment. The cameras didn't catch the moment of the crash but it looked like a hard one. 

  74. 14:13:45 CEST

    Oof. Gautier, leading the peloton as break-neck speed for AG2R, overcooks a corner and has to go wide. Somehow, he keeps his bike upright, despite having to come to a halt. 

     

  75. 99km remaining from 181.5km

    14:15:00 CEST

    The peloton has been ripped apart by AG2R, who will know this area better than anyone, with the team's base located near the finish of today's stage. 

     

  76. 14:15:45 CEST

    Froome only has one teammate with him as he follows Porte down the mountain. But there are huge splits in the bunch. 

  77. 14:16:15 CEST

    Rafal Majka also went down with Thomas. 

     

  78. 14:17:17 CEST

    Up front, AG2R's work has forced a selection, with Bakelants, Domont, and Vuillermoz joined by Pantano, Poljanski, and Benoot. 

     

  79. 14:18:17 CEST

    Bardet is following his teammates down this descent, and Dan Martin and Nairo Quintana are up there with the Frenchman. Froome is caught behind. He has Kwiatkowski leading him down, and he also has a couple of teammates in the Bardet group. 

  80. 14:19:04 CEST

    Aru is also in the Bardet group, but Froome et al are coming back. 

     

  81. 14:19:31 CEST

    Where is Contador? It seems the Spaniard has been caught out. 

  82. 14:19:57 CEST

    Froome, Porte, Yates and other favourites make it up to the Bardet group.

     

  83. 97km remaining from 181.5km

    14:22:06 CEST

    There are only around 20 riders left in the yellow jersey group as they begin the climb of the Grand Colombier. 

     

  84. 14:24:30 CEST

    Up at the head of the race, Domont, Vuillermoz and Bakelants lead the way for AG2R, with Ten Dam, Benoot, Poljanski, and Pantano in tow. That's 7 riders in the front group, with the rest of the breakaway remnants scattered on the lower slopes of the Grand Colombier. 

     

  85. 14:26:15 CEST

    Contador is back with the yellow jersey group.

     

  86. 14:30:11 CEST

    AG2R lead the yellow jersey group up the Grand Colombier. This is some statement of intent from Romain Bardet's team. Something of an underdog runner-up last year, he has stepped up and is now asserting himself on the Tour de France. 

  87. 14:31:14 CEST

    Geraint Thomas has abandoned the race after that crash and is reportedly on his way to hospital. Here's the story.

     

    Geraint Thomas crashes out of the Tour de France

     

  88. 14:32:21 CEST

    Betancur is struggling in the chase group, and now Vuillermoz, in the lead group, is the virtual maillot jaune.

     

  89. 14:34:36 CEST

    Domont and Bakelants have fallen away from the lead group.

     

  90. 14:35:20 CEST

    And now Pantano is getting dropped. So out front we have the trio of Vuillermoz, Benoot and Barguil (he was the Sunweb rider - not Ten Dam)

     

  91. 14:37:14 CEST

    Crash for Contador!

     

    What happened there? The Spaniard, climbing and not travelling fast, suddenly falls over to his left-hand side. Was he knocked off balance? He has a bloodied left arm but he's back up and running. 

     

  92. 14:38:12 CEST

    The peloton hits the infernal gradients of this climb - remember, this is the toughest side of the Grand Colombier. Henao is struggling as the yellow jersey group threatens to blow up once more.

     

  93. 14:39:14 CEST

    Porte's domestique Nico Roche has been dropped.

     

  94. 14:40:02 CEST

    Benoot and Barguil have dropped Vuillermoz.

     

  95. 14:40:47 CEST

    Benoot and Barguil are just over 2.5km from the top of the Grand Colombier.

  96. 14:44:48 CEST

    What a day this is turning out to be. The GC favourites rode the first three climbs and the Col de la Biche in pedestrian fashion, but it all kicked off when AG2R hit the front of both groups on the descent. We're still 91km from the finish, and anything could happen.

     

  97. 14:46:13 CEST

    Mollema and Roglic have joined forces from the remnants of the original breakaway, and they've just caught Vuillermoz. They're just over half a minute down on Benoot and Barguil. 

     

  98. 14:47:10 CEST

    Thibaut Pinot has been caught by the yellow jersey group, as have many members of that large initial breakaway. 

     

  99. 90km remaining from 181.5km

    14:48:30 CEST

    Barguil rides away from Benoot towards the top of the Grand Colombier. He'll take a further 20 points in the mountains classification. 

     

  100. 14:51:17 CEST

    There are no more than 25 riders in the yellow jersey group. Quintana and Martin are without teammates, Porte has one man with him, Froome has three men, Bardet two. Aru and Fuglsang are there for Astana.

     

  101. 14:53:43 CEST

    Barguil and Benoot decide to wait for Mollema, Roglic, and Vuillermoz - the three chasers. So now we have a lead group of five. And with a lead of six minutes, the stage win is becoming a possibility 

     

  102. 14:54:45 CEST

    The yellow jersey group is over the top of the Grand Colombier, so all the main players are descending. 

  103. 82km remaining from 181.5km

    14:55:55 CEST

    A reminder of the stage profile. This is a fast, near-20km descent off the Grand Colombier. 

     

     

  104. 14:57:26 CEST

    Kwiatkowski leads Team Sky down the descent. AG2R, after their assault on the last descent, have backed off for the time being. 

     

  105. 15:06:58 CEST

    The five-man chase group is closing in on the five leaders. They're just 25 seconds back now. This is promising for Matthews, with the intermediate sprint coming up 15km or so beyond the foot of this descent. 

     

  106. 15:08:48 CEST

    Here is how things stand in the points classification. There are a maximum of 20 on offer at the intermediate sprint.

     

    1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 212 pts
    2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 182
    3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 140
    4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 130
    5 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 113

     

  107. 15:10:27 CEST

    The lead and chase groups have merged to make it 10 riders out in front, with a lead of 4:45 over the peloton. 

     

  108. 64km remaining from 181.5km

    15:18:19 CEST

    As the road flattens out, the race calms down after a long period of action. There are 10 riders out front, with Sky leading the yellow jersey group 3:45 behind, yet that doesn't tell the story of the upheaval we've had so far. 

     

    We're just over 20km from the foot of the Mont du Chat, and it looks like it will be calm until then. In between, we have an intermediate sprint and a short cat-4 climb.

     

     

     

  109. 15:21:53 CEST

    Mechanical for Quintana, who's chasing back on through the cars.

     

  110. 15:22:53 CEST

    Kwiatkowski, arms tucked over his bars, fast becoming one of the stand-out domestiques of this Tour, is still leading the yellow jersey group for Sky, and he's brought the gap to the break down to 3:35.

  111. 15:24:34 CEST

    Kwiatkowski, Henao, Landa, Nieve, Froome. Despite the Thomas crash, Sky have come through that early test pretty well indeed, and they look in a strong position ahead of the Mont du Chat.

     

  112. 15:25:32 CEST

    Simon Geschke has made it up to the leading group and, with 3km to the intermediate sprint, that's useful for Matthews.

     

  113. 15:26:30 CEST

    But Lotto Soudal have other plans. Greipel isn't here but his teammates are, and they want to deprive Matthews of as many as possible. The lead group splits briefly as Gallopin and Benoot apply the pressure.

     

  114. 15:28:39 CEST

    Matthews goes for a long one, attacking from 1km out. Benoot rides over but appears to say he won't contest the sprint. In any case, Geschke hits the front to provide a more traditional leadout.

  115. 54.5km remaining from 181.5km

    15:30:10 CEST

    Matthews launches with 200m to go, and true enough Benoot doesn't bother to chase. There are easier ways to get 20 points, but fair play to the Australian, who's deadly serious about this green jersey.

     

  116. 15:30:50 CEST

    Benoot and Bakelants carry on up the road, having tracked Matthews, who drops back with Geschke. 

     

  117. 15:35:36 CEST

    A reminder of our special podcast with Thomas Dekker, telling the remarkable story of how his career - and to a certain extent his life - spiralled out of control at the hands of doping, and how he has subsequently picked up the pieces. 

     

    The fall and rise of Thomas Dekker - Podcast

     

  118. 50km remaining from 181.5km

    15:36:58 CEST

    Back in the race, we have 50 kilometres to go on this stage, which has already delivered, but which promises much more on the Mont du Chat. 

     

    The leaders are on the short preliminary cat-4 climb - the Côte de Jongieux.

     

  119. 15:40:59 CEST

    Gallopin and Bakelants are extending their lead here. Back in the second group on the road, Benoot and Vuillermoz can sit on the back, without having to contribute to the pace-setting. 

  120. 47km remaining from 181.5km

    15:45:41 CEST

    Bakelants leads over the top of the cat-4 climb. They've opened up a handy lead over the chasers.

     

  121. 15:47:09 CEST

    We're hearing that part of the publicity caravan has become stuck on the descent of the Mont du Chat. Not good. 

  122. 15:47:42 CEST

    A closer look at the Mont du Chat - the way up, anyway. 

     

     

  123. 40km remaining from 181.5km

    15:52:29 CEST

    Matthews, having done a big turn to repay his teammates, pulls over and grinds to a halt. They're on the approach to the foot of the Mont du Chat.

     

  124. 15:53:40 CEST

    As referenced earlier, this is what Julien Jurdie told us about the Mont du Chat last month. 

     

    "The approach itself isn't easy. The few preceding kilometres are at four or five per cent so the peloton will already be stretched, and then there's a left-hand turn onto the gradients of eight to 10 per cent. From there it just doesn't let up, and it even gets harder – the last three to four kilometres are brutal, at an average of 12 per cent."

     

  125. 15:55:02 CEST

    Bakelants and Gallopin have 50 seconds over the second group on the road, with teammates behind. 

     

  126. 15:57:35 CEST

    The stint in the valley has allowed dropped riders to chase back onto the yellow jersey group, with QuickStep and BMC among those adding support to their leaders.

  127. 15:58:25 CEST

    Betancur loses contact with the chase group.

     

  128. 15:59:41 CEST

    Geschke is also dropped.

  129. 16:00:26 CEST

    The peloton is still on the approach to the climb. Kwiatkowski pulls off for Sky and himself grinds to a halt. Sky still lead, with AG2R and BMC also making their presence felt. 

     

  130. 16:01:57 CEST

    Froome has Henao, Landa, and Nieve in front of him. Porte and Bardet have two men each. 

  131. 16:03:35 CEST

    Pantano also dropped from the chase group, where only Mollema,Roglic, Benoot, Barrguil, Vuillermoz, and Navarro remain.

     

  132. 34km remaining from 181.5km

    16:05:30 CEST

    The road has been rising for some time but only now does the ascent of the Mont du Chat officially begin. 

     

  133. 16:05:46 CEST

    Mollema rides away from the chase group.

     

  134. 16:06:33 CEST

    Up ahead, Gallopin rides away from Bakelants.

     

  135. 16:08:55 CEST

    Sky lead the yellow jersey group as it whittles down.

     

  136. 16:10:09 CEST

    Barguil has joined Mollema and they're about to catch - and probably pass - Bakelants.

     

  137. 16:12:37 CEST

    Gallopin his caught and Barguil presses on, opening up a gap at the head of the race now.

     

  138. 16:12:45 CEST

    Attack from Aru!

     

  139. 16:12:54 CEST

    And Froome has a mechanical!

     

  140. 16:13:07 CEST

    Wow. A huge moment a this Tour de France

     

  141. 16:13:20 CEST

    Quintana and Porte go with Aru. 

  142. 16:13:58 CEST

    Froome is back up and running with his teammates, but his rivals are up the road.

     

  143. 16:14:36 CEST

    The pace has dropped up ahead in the GC group. Are they waiting for Froome?

     

  144. 16:15:09 CEST

    Big question and possible polemica: did Aru attack because he saw Froome stopping with a mechanical?

     

  145. 16:15:48 CEST

    It looks like Aru attacked while Quintana and Porte tracked him but refused to come through, with the rest of the riders refusing to push on.

     

  146. 16:16:04 CEST

    And now Fuglsang attacks. Astana aren't making any friends here.

     

  147. 16:18:51 CEST

    Froome shoulders Aru! Froome brushes into the Italian. He apologises but that may well have been deliberate.

  148. 16:19:16 CEST

    Fuglsang is 20 seconds clear of the yellow jersey group as Henao is done for the day.

     

  149. 30.5km remaining from 181.5km

    16:19:56 CEST

    Barguil is putting in some ride here. He has a minute over Mollema.

     

  150. 16:20:36 CEST

    Benoot rides away from Mollema and Bakelants in what was the second group on the road.

     

  151. 16:22:27 CEST

    Just looking at the replays, that is so blatant from Aru - comically so. Froome raises his arm for the team car and Aru literally rides right past him as he clips off the front.

     

  152. 16:24:45 CEST

    Should riders wait for rivals if they chain slips, their gears stick, etc? It's a debate that will rumble on. What will earn Aru no favours was the sheer opportunism of it.

     

  153. 16:25:04 CEST

    Louis Meintjes is dropped. That's good news for white jersey wearer Simon Yates.

     

  154. 16:25:27 CEST

    Contador dropped!

     

  155. 16:25:59 CEST

    The two-time Tour de France champion watches the tail end of the GC group disappear up the road. His hopes of winning this race are evaporating. 

  156. 28km remaining from 181.5km

    16:26:27 CEST

    Aru attacks again! And this time there can be no complaints.

     

  157. 16:26:46 CEST

    Fuglsang cracks on. He has caught Mollema and Bakelants. 

     

  158. 16:27:22 CEST

    Porte takes over and accelerates. Froome is there with him, Aru, and Quintana. Also Bardet and Uran.

     

  159. 16:27:46 CEST

    Dan Martin drags himself back to that GC selection.

  160. 16:29:02 CEST

    And Martin attacks now! He's not going anywhere though.

     

  161. 16:29:23 CEST

    Porte accelerates again! Froome draws him back.

     

  162. 16:29:46 CEST

    Contador is already a minute down as he drenches himself with a bottle of water. 

     

  163. 16:30:06 CEST

    Porte accelerates once more and Bardet goes with him. There's a small gap to Froome but it's not growing.

     

  164. 16:30:16 CEST

    Froome attacks!

     

  165. 16:30:31 CEST

    Quintana and Aru are in trouble

     

  166. 16:30:45 CEST

    Quintana has properly blown. Aru is fighting to hang in. 

     

  167. 16:31:14 CEST

    Froome, Porte, Bardet, Uran. That's the four-man GC selection. They're catching Fuglsang.

     

  168. 16:31:50 CEST

    Aru drags himself onto the back wheel.

     

  169. 16:32:07 CEST

    Froome goes again!

     

    And Aru is in trouble once more

     

  170. 16:32:22 CEST

    This GC selection is just 40 seconds behind Barguil now.

     

  171. 16:32:52 CEST

    Aru is back in again. Martin is dangling off the back.

     

  172. 16:33:44 CEST

    Barguil is one kilometre from the summit. Just 33 seconds for the Frenchman now.

     

  173. 16:34:20 CEST

    Froome leads the way as the crowds thicken. Porte, Aru, Fuglsang, Uran, Bardet, and Martin are with him

     

  174. 16:34:43 CEST

    Froome drives out of the saddle once more. After all those doubts, he's looking so strong at this Tour. 

     

  175. 16:35:23 CEST

    Quintana is 30 seconds behind the yellow jersey group. 

     

  176. 16:36:20 CEST

    Barguil, chapeau to him after his efforts yesterday, crests the climb in pole position. It doesn't look like the stage win will be possible, but he's going to be wearing the polka-dot jersey tomorrow. 

     

  177. 16:36:46 CEST

    Fuglsang hits the front of the Froome group. He won this stage at the Dauphine last month.

     

  178. 25km remaining from 181.5km

    16:37:54 CEST

    So, as we head down the descent of the Mont du Chat, we have a lone leader - Warren Barguil - followed 15 seconds later by an elite selection of GC favourites. 7 of them in total - Froome, Fuglsang, Aru, Porte, Bardet, Martin, Uran. 

     

  179. 16:38:33 CEST

    Quintana is around 45 seconds back on the Froome group as he starts the descent. Contador is 2:30 down.

     

  180. 16:39:14 CEST

    Crash!

     

  181. 16:39:25 CEST

    Porte and Martin are down. Huge moment.

     

  182. 16:40:13 CEST

    We all knew this descent was treacherous, and Porte has gone down really hard. He hits the grass and then flings into the road, taking out Martin.

     

  183. 16:41:00 CEST

    Porte is poleaxed on the floor. It looks like his race is over.

     

  184. 16:41:20 CEST

    Martin is back up and running but race radio tells us he's crashed again. 

  185. 16:41:27 CEST

    What drama

     

  186. 16:42:55 CEST

    No time to dwell on the chaos for the yellow jersey group, and Froome leads them down. Barguil still leads the way, 15 seconds up ahead. 

  187. 16:44:02 CEST

    Froome is opening a gap here on the descent. Bardet can follow, while Fuglsang, Aru, and Uran lose some ground. 

     

  188. 16:44:32 CEST

    Bardet comes to the front now and pushes on. He could strike up an alliance with Froome to put the other three in trouble.

     

  189. 16:44:52 CEST

    Bardet isn't even waiting for Froome - he's off!

  190. 16:45:45 CEST

    Fuglsang is the weakest descender here and he's losing ground. 

     

  191. 16:46:05 CEST

    We're still waiting for news on Dan Martin. Not entirely sure where he is on the road.

     

  192. 16:47:24 CEST

    Bardet has found 10 seconds on Froome, Fuglsang, Aru, and Uran. 

  193. 16:47:46 CEST

    Quintana is not out of this either. He's now 30 seconds down on Froome. 

     

  194. 16:48:03 CEST

    Richie Porte leaves the mountainside in a neck brace and an ambulance.

     

  195. 16:48:38 CEST

    Barguil comes to the bottom of the descent. Bardet is coming up fast, and they could join forces for the final 12km run to Chambery.

  196. 16:49:06 CEST

    Meanwhile, Froome calls for support in his group. Astana have two men there so perhaps he can use that to his advantage.

     

  197. 16:50:46 CEST

    Bardet is taking every risk here. It's do or die, it;s the only way he knows, and it's paying off so far. 

     

  198. 11.7km remaining from 181.5km

    16:51:37 CEST

    Bardet catches Barguil. They're 20 seconds up on Froome et al.

     

  199. 16:52:15 CEST

    Puncture for Uran!

     

  200. 16:53:04 CEST

    No, it's his gears. He's getting support form the neutral service car, and he can hold on, so he's not losing too much ground.

     

  201. 16:53:34 CEST

    Bardet attacks Barguil!

     

    The Frenchman surges out of the saddle and away from his compatriot. 

  202. 16:54:12 CEST

    Bardet is 30 seconds clear of Froome. Huge performance so far from last year's runner up. He has 10.7km to go - all in now. 

     

  203. 16:54:52 CEST

    Froome is digging in, body all over the place as he sticks to Aru's wheel. Fuglsang is doing the pace setting in that four-man group now.

     

  204. 16:55:11 CEST

    But now Uran, his gears unclogged, hits the front once more.

     

  205. 16:55:48 CEST

    Uran, it seems, is stuck in one gear, albeit a big one. Aru hits the front. 

     

  206. 8km remaining from 181.5km

    16:56:50 CEST

    Bardet is losing ground as the gap comes down to 20 seconds. Fuglsang is burying himself to close the gap. 

     

  207. 16:57:06 CEST

    Barguil has latched onto the Froome group. He'll sit in now.

  208. 6.7km remaining from 181.5km

    16:57:58 CEST

    Aru, Froome, and Uran are all doing turns, and that makes it 4-on-1 as far as Bardet is concerned, so he's right up against it with under 7km to go. 

     

  209. 6km remaining from 181.5km

    16:58:47 CEST

    15 seconds now for Bardet.

     

  210. 16:59:17 CEST

    Bardet has to hope for some bluffing and cat and mouse in the group behind, but they're working together for now.

     

  211. 16:59:29 CEST

    Quintana has slipped to a minute back.

     

  212. 5km remaining from 181.5km

    16:59:52 CEST

    11 seconds is the gap.

  213. 17:00:17 CEST

    Martin is with Quintana, along with Simon Yates. So Martin also losing a minute here. 

     

  214. 17:01:02 CEST

    Froome hits the front once more. They'll want to open up as much time as possible with contenders chasing behind. Tactics can wait. 

     

  215. 3.5km remaining from 181.5km

    17:01:20 CEST

    10 seconds now for Bardet. He's going to get caught.

  216. 17:01:55 CEST

    Uran hits the front of the chase group and he can see Bardet, who's not waiting. He's all-in and can't back off now. 

     

  217. 17:02:31 CEST

    Bardet only has several seconds now. His legs will be sapped for the sprint.

     

  218. 2.5km remaining from 181.5km

    17:03:07 CEST

    No sign of Astana using their one-man advantage tactically.

     

  219. 2.2km remaining from 181.5km

    17:03:21 CEST

    Bardet is caught.

     

  220. 17:03:47 CEST

    Here we go then. Who's going to take the stage win? Fuglsang won the Dauphine sprint. Astana have the tactical card.

     

  221. 17:03:58 CEST

    Fuglsang attacks. Uran follows.

     

  222. 17:04:15 CEST

    Back together.

  223. 1km remaining from 181.5km

    17:04:39 CEST

    Flamme rouge

     

    Uran leads them into the final kilometre. 

     

  224. 17:04:45 CEST

    Froome goes!

     

  225. 17:04:59 CEST

    He's not getting a gap, and Uran sits in the wheel. 

     

  226. 17:05:23 CEST

    Froome is grinding this one out as they come through a couple of tight corners. Fuglsang third wheel, then Bardet.

     

  227. 17:05:31 CEST

    Fuglsang goes first!

     

  228. 17:05:39 CEST

    He has a gap but here comes Uran.

     

  229. 17:05:47 CEST

    The gap is closed.

     

  230. 17:05:58 CEST

    Uran goes again, but here comes Barguil

     

  231. 17:06:04 CEST

    Barguil gets it!

     

  232. 17:06:13 CEST

    What a win for Warren Barguil!

     

  233. 17:06:24 CEST

    Wow

     

  234. 17:06:30 CEST

    Uran was second

     

  235. 17:07:11 CEST

    Here come Martin, Quintana, and Yates.

     

    They cross the line 1:14 in arrears.

     

  236. 17:07:29 CEST

    Barguil is in tears already. 

     

  237. 17:08:16 CEST

    Froome was third and so picks up four bonus seconds.

     

  238. 17:09:07 CEST

    Hold on...a photo finish suggests it was actually Uran who's snagged it. 

     

  239. 17:09:48 CEST

    Rigobert Uran is the winner of stage 9 of the Tour de France

     

  240. 17:11:18 CEST

    Well, that just sums today up. It looked like Barguil had it. He thought he had it and was already basking in the emotion of it all. But the side-angle shot shows Uran's wheel edges the line just in front. Crazy. Heartbreak for Barguil.

  241. 17:12:39 CEST

     

  242. 17:13:19 CEST

    Incredible from Uran when you consider his rear derailleur was busted and he was essentially riding a two-speed bike. 

     

  243. 17:16:24 CEST

    Porte was conscious and alert but he's out of the race, and many's pre-race favourite has seen his hopes of Tour de France glory evaporate. Here's our story.

     

    Tour de France: Porte abandons after crash

     

  244. 17:19:02 CEST

    Dan Martin speaks to reporters at the Quick-Step bus and he's critical of the race organisers. 

     

    "I guess the organisers got what they wanted," he says.

     

    "I don't think anyone want to takes risks, but it was so slippy out there. Richie just lost it on one corne, locked his back wheel and there was nowhere to go. I was lucky to come away with what i did."

  245. 17:19:30 CEST

    Top 10

     

    1 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 05:07:22
    2 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 00:00:00
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 00:00:00
    4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:00:00
    5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:00:00
    6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 00:00:00
    7 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 00:01:15
    8 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 00:01:15
    9 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 00:01:15
    10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 00:01:15

     

  246. 17:23:19 CEST

    General classification after stage 9

     

    1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 38:26:28
    2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 00:00:18
    3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:00:51
    4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 00:00:55
    5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 00:01:37
    6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 00:01:44
    7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 00:02:02
    8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 00:02:13
    9 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 00:03:06
    10 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 00:03:53

     

  247. 17:26:31 CEST

    So, Froome, thanks to those bonus seconds, extends his lead at the top of the standings by four seconds, but boy have there been some changes today. 

     

    Geraint Thomas, 2nd at the start of the day, is out of the race. Richie Porte, 5th this morning, is also out. Alberto Contador is out of the top 10. Uran and Fuglsang are into the top 10. Bardet is up into the podium places. 

     

  248. 17:31:04 CEST

    There's so much to discuss and dissect today, and this will rumble on well into the rest day tomorrow. We'll be keeping this live blog open for a good while yet, to bring you all the post-stage reaction.

  249. 17:33:45 CEST

    Rigoberto Uran speaks

     

    "It's incredible. I was actually on my way off - I didn't think I'd won. In that crash with Dan Martin and Richie Porte I damaged my gears, so I was just looking to hang in there. So to win is a big surprise, it's incredible, I'm so happy about it."

  250. 17:37:12 CEST

    No update from the BMC team on Porte, as his teammates are being guided straight onto the bus, not stopping for the scrum of reporters waiting outside.

     

  251. 17:39:31 CEST

    Contador, it transpires, received a heavy blow to the knee in the same crash that saw Thomas abandon. The Spaniard also hit the deck when Nairo Quintana bumped into him on the Grand Colombier. In the end, he fell away on the Mont du Chat and lost 4:19.

     

  252. 17:47:02 CEST

    Here's Chris Froome

     

    "Definitely mixed feelings today. Of course I'm happy to still be in the jersey but at the same time that was crazy stage. I've just seen the images of Richie Porte's crash and that just leaves you with a horrible feeling - I really hope he's ok. Obviously my teammate Geraint Thomas crashed out as well. The rest of my team, the guys did a massive job, to control that today was no easy task, so chapeau to them."

     

     

     

  253. 17:48:13 CEST

    Froome is asked about his mechanical and Aru's attack


    "At the bottom of the Mont du Chat, my gears stopped working and I had to change bikes. Richie was quite instrumental in slowing that group down, saying this is not the time to attack the leader of the race, so thanks to Richie and I hope he makes a speedy recovery."

  254. 17:51:24 CEST

    Finish line shots are in

     

     

  255. 17:52:45 CEST

    BMC send out DS Fabio Baldato to speak to the press

     

    "I can only speak with caution. We were a couple of minutes behind, and when we got there with my eyes I saw him in pain.

     

    "We are all sad. Richie did a lot of work for this Tour de France since the start of the year. Recons, training camps, we did everything possible to put him on the podium. We put the whole team around him. For sure it's sad. I hope he can come back stronger. He deserved a good result."

  256. 18:01:44 CEST

    Heartbreak for Warren Barguil. We think this was when he thought he'd won his first Tour de France stage, rather than the moment he found out he hadn't. 

     

     

  257. 18:07:04 CEST

    Arnaud Demare is out of the race

     

    It's official. The French champion, off the back from KM0, has failed to finish within the time cut. His FDJ teammates Delage, Guarnieri, and Konovalovas, who accompanied him over the climbs, are also out. A blg blow for the French team, whose race now depends on Pinot. 

     

  258. 18:09:33 CEST

    We're also hearing that Juraj Sagan, Mark Renshaw, and Matteo Trentin also missed the time cut. 

     

    That's seven riders outside the limit, while we make it at least four riders - Porte, Thomas, Mori, Gesink - who abandoned the race after crashes.

     

  259. 18:15:26 CEST

    Here's our daily round-up of the snap reaction.

     

    Tour de France: Stage 9 finish line quotes

     

  260. 18:25:20 CEST

    Here's our report page, with a full write-up of the stage, full results, and plenty of great photos. 

     

    Tour de France: Uran wins in photo finish on a hectic day in the Jura

     

  261. 18:28:46 CEST

    Chris Froome has just walked out of his yellow jersey press conference. He didn't seem to like the questions about Aru. 

     

  262. 18:34:43 CEST

    Alberto Contador plays down the crashes, explaining that his legs simply weren't up to the job today. 

     

    "It's secondary to talk about pain," he says. "I wasn't how I'd hoped today, and that's it. I had good sensations this morning and in fact we put Bauke and Jarlinson up the road thinking about a possible attack. But then the legs didn't respond."

  263. 18:39:53 CEST

    Aru to Italian TV: "I didn't know Froome had had a mechanical. When I found out, I stopped."

  264. 18:50:36 CEST

    Indeed, he wasn't anywhere near the top of most people's list of favourites, but now Uran must be considered a threat for the podium. 

     

  265. 19:06:09 CEST

    Dave Brailsford has commented on Geraint Thomas' injury and abandonment today. Read more in our news article.

  266. 19:07:01 CEST

    A lot to talk about today in our Stage 9 finish line quotes article.

     

  267. 19:15:54 CEST

    It was a roufg day in the Tour. Aside from the abandonments of Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas. Robert Gesink and his teammate Jos Van Emden also quit today. Manuele Mori also did not finish today's stage.

     

    The time limit also claimed a few riders, most notably Arnaud Demare. FDJ also lost Jacopo Guarinieri, Mickael Delage and Ignatas Konovalovas.

     

    Other riders outside the time limit include Matteo Trentin, Juraj Sagan and Mark Renshaw.

     

  268. 19:17:09 CEST

    Dan Martin went down in the crash with Porte bout was able to remount and finish the stage. Here's what he had to say at the finish:

     

    “It’s so slippery and I guess the organisers got what they wanted. I don’t think anyone wanted to take risks there but it was so slippery under the trees. Richie locked up his back wheel, went straight into the grass, just wiped out, and his bike just collected me. I had no where to go,” Martin said after crossing the line in Chambery.

     

  269. 19:53:43 CEST

    Dan Martin was very upset at the finish line today, and our Daniel Benson has the story:

     

    Dan Martin: The Tour de France organisers got what they wanted
     

     

  270. 19:58:14 CEST

    If you want to relive the action fro today's exciting stage, check out the race highlights video.

     

     

  271. 20:09:22 CEST

    Our Dane Cash summarised the carnage from today's stage with multiple riders finishing outside the time limit and other abandoning after crashes. Read the report HERE.

     

  272. 20:26:59 CEST

    Sahbh O'Shea has the story of Rigoberto Uran's stage win, including how he rode the final 23km in his 53-11.

     

    Read the story HERE.

     

  273. 20:49:44 CEST

    In one of the more dramatic moments of today's stage, Fabio Aru attacked just as Chris Froome suffered some sort of mechanical. Aru says he didm;t see Froome in trouble and stopped as soon as he found out.


    Read more HERE.

     

  274. 21:26:21 CEST

    Chris Froome told journalists he didn't see Fabio Aru's attack while he had a mechanical and there was nothing intentional when the two rubbed shoulders later on in the stage. Daniel Benson has the story HERE.

     

  275. 21:52:40 CEST

    BMC have confirmed that Richie Porte has a broken collarbone and pelvis. The team are hoping he can return to racing in August. Read more HERE.

     

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