'It could make you lose the Tour' - Tadej Pogačar, Remco Evenepoel look ahead to gravel stage at Tour de France

GC riders expecting chaotic stage on Sunday, with potential for time losses

Remco Evenepoel and Tadej Pogačar shaking hands
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It’s a cliché as old as the race itself: you can’t win the Tour de France in the first week, but you can certainly lose it. 

Sunday's ninth stage, the last before the first rest day, is one of those that threatens to crush dreams. Taking place around the town of Troyes, it counts fourteen gravel sectors, stretching out over 32km, and stands out as a unique parcours in this year's edition

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.