Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 preview: Vannes - Plumelec (TTT), 28 km

The Tour has not held a team time trial this late in the race since 1982 (when there was also a stage nine TTT finishing in Plumelec). The modern tradition has been for the team event to happen in the first few days of the race. The reasoning was that it would be fairer to hold a TTT while all the teams have as close to nine riders as possible – the later in the race it is held, the more chance some teams will have to ride with eight, seven or even fewer riders, who would have no chance against a well-drilled squad of nine riders.

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