Tour de France 2021: map of the stage 9 route, profile, forecasts and starting time today
Posted On July 3, 2021
The Tour de France is back in Tignes two years after the race had to be abruptly suspended due to a mudslide on the road, and the peloton never reached the finish. That day was decisive as the yellow jersey went from Julian Alaphilippe to the eventual winner Egan Bernal, but this time it is the irresistible Tadej Pogacar who is in the yellow jerseye and seems unlikely to abandon it.
Pogacar delivered a breathtaking performance on stage 8 to open a gap of 1 min 46 sec at the top of the standings over Wout van Aert, and a lead of around five minutes over his more realistic rivals like Alexey Lutsenko, Rigoberto Uran, Richard Carapaz and Enric Mas, an astonishing gap at this early stage, and right now it feels like how much, rather than if, Pogacar will retain his crown.
Stage 9 is the last stint before Monday’s first rest day and it’s another bully in the Alps. There are five categorized climbs scattered over the 145 km route from Cluses to Tignes, with the Col du Pré hors category in the middle before a 21 km trail to the summit finish.
It’s another day for climbers. A breakaway is likely to form and be allowed to go up the road, but if it does come back up, who would bet against Pogacar to win the stage?
Course map and profile
Tadej Pogacar held back from fighting for the victory of Stage 8 as the rain fell and made the dangerous descent to the finish too dangerous a place to take a risk. But he has the peloton at his mercy and he has no reason to hold back here, with a day off to come, if he was close to the front in the home stretch. If it’s not Pogacar, then it’s a day for a pure breakaway climber: Nairo Quintana has already won on profiles like this and he’s out of the overall standings, so he could have a free tilt in a breakaway. of the race in Tignes.
Stage 9 is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. BST and should end around 5:30 p.m.