Tour de France 2016 Stages
Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin) soloed to victory in torrential rain and hail at the finish of Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2016. Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) was second and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) was third, both finishing 38 seconds behind Dumoulin.
To win the queen stage of the Tour de France here in Andorra is just fantastic. If somebody had told me a few days ago that I would win today I would have said they were crazy. Throughout the stage, I was starting to feel better and I saw the opportunity to join the break as my legs were feeling really good.
“It didn’t matter to me that it was raining on the final ascent, I was just determined to do my best and I barely noticed the weather conditions. I was just in the suffering mode and completely focused on my effort. I am super happy with this performance.
“The first week of the Tour didn’t go too well at all and I was not feeling particularly content with my performances but my team kept my spirits up. So now I have won one of the toughest stages of the Tour and I am very proud of myself and the whole team.”
– Tom Dumoulin
Chris Froome (Team Sky) holds on to the yellow jersey, remaining 16 seconds ahead of Adam Yates (Orica BikeExchange). Dan Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step) moved up to third place in the overall race, now 19 seconds behind Froome.
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), who started the day with a fever, attacked early but could not sustain the pace. Contador abandoned the race mid-stage, still suffering from injuries sustained at the beginning of the race as well as an illness.
Also abandoning during stage 9 were Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), and Cedric Pineau (FDJ). According to Team Dimension Data, Renshaw picked up an illness overnight that caused him to leave the race.
Tomorrow is a rest day, with Stage 10 on Tuesday beginning in Escaldes-Engordany. Stage 10 heads straight up out of Andorra over the category 1 Port d’Envalira, followed by mostly downhill to the finish, with just the category 3 Côte de Saint-Ferréol sitting just prior to the finish in Revel.
Tour de France 2016 Stage 9 Top Ten
- Tom DUMOULIN (NED) TGA 5:16:24
- Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA (POR) LAM +:38
- Rafal MAJKA (POL) TNK +:38
- Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA (ESP) COF +1:39
- Winner ANACONA GOMEZ (COL) MOV +1:57
- Thibaut PINOT (FRA) FDJ +2:30
- George BENNETT (NZL) TLJ +2:48
- Diego ROSA (ITA) AST +2:52
- Mathias FRANK (SUI) IAM +3:44
- Adam YATES (GBR) OBE +6:35
Tour de France 2016 General Classification Top Ten after Stage 9
- Christopher FROOME Great Britain SKY 44:36:03
- Adam YATES Great Britain OBE +:16
- Daniel MARTIN Ireland EQS +:19
- Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS Colombia MOV +:23
- Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Spain KAT +:37
- Romain BARDET France ALM +:44
- Bauke MOLLEMA Netherlands TFS +:44
- Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA Colombia SKY +:44
- Louis MEINTJES South Africa LAM +:55
- Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV +1:01
Tour de France 2016 Jerseys after Stage 9
Yellow Leader’s jersey: Chris Froome
Green Sprinter’s jersey: Mark Cavendish
Polka dot KOM jersey: Thibaut Pinot
White Best Young Rider jersey: Adam Yates
Tour de France 2016 Stage 9 route
The riders leave Vielha Val d’Aran at the Stage 9 start, immediately heading up the category 1 Port de la Bonaigua, then proceeding on to the category 1 Port del Cantò. Next up is the category 2 Côte de la Comella, followed by the category 1 Col de Beixalis, before climbing the long HC road up to Arcalis and the finish line.
Date: 10 July, 2016
Start: Vielha Val d’Aran
Finish: Andorre Arcalis
Distance: 184.5 km
Tour de France 2016 Stage 9 route map
Tour de France 2016 Stage 9 profile
Tour de France 2016 Stage 9 mountains and climb
19.0 km – Port de la Bonaigua (2 072 m) 13.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.1% – category 1
87.5 km – Port del Cantò (1 721 m) 19 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% – category 1
143.0 km – Côte de la Comella (1 347 m) 4.2 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% – category 2
157.0 km – Col de Beixalis (1 796 m) 6.4 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% – category 1
184.5 km – ANDORRE ARCALIS (2 240m) 10.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% – category HC
Maps courtesy of Le Tour de France / © A.S.O.