Tour de France stage nine preview

All you need to know about the route, timings, and what to expect from stage nine

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Stage nine of the Tour de France 2022 starts in Aigle and finishes in Châtel Les Portes du Soleil.

It’s 47 years since Châtel’s only previous Tour stage finish, Lucien Van Impe the winner of a mountain time trial in the final days of the 1975 race that convinced the Belgian climber that he could contend for the yellow jersey. His success augured well, as he won the overall crown the following year.

When is stage nine of the Tour de France taking place?

The Tour de France stage nine takes place on Sunday, July 10 starting at 11:45 BST with an anticipated finish time of 16:44 BST. 

How long is stage nine of the Tour de France?

The Tour de France stage nine will be 192.9 km long.

Tour de France stage nine: expected timings

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RouteDistance to goAnticipated Time (BST)
Col de la Croix61.1km15:11

Tour de France stage nine route

Tour de France stage nine

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From the start close to the UCI’s HQ in Aigle, the riders will complete a large circle at the eastern end of Lake Geneva, crossing the Col des Mosses and the more testing Col de la Croix, before heading over the long but steady Pas de Morgins to French soil for the final and very straightforward 4km ascent to Châtel that will be a big-ring blast for the stage contenders and GC favourites.

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Tour de France stage nine: what to expect 

Like the two previous uphill finishes, this stage offers a nice balance, potentially favouring both breakaway specialists and GC contenders. The former are likely to be buoyed by the comparative ease of the finish, which may encourage the favourites to hold back on all-out attacks until the bigger mountains that come after the rest day. The critical climb for all those with hopes of featuring on the podium today is the Pas de Morgins, which is steady but quite long. Setting a rapid tempo here will thin out the break, if it’s still clear, and the GC favourites.

Tour de France stage nine: riders to watch

If the yellow jersey favourites do decide to go on the offensive today, this looks like ideal terrain for defending champion Tadej Pogačar and his Slovenian compatriot Primož Roglič, who are both equipped with the climbing ability and, significantly, the finishing speed that will make a difference on the final two climbs.

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