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2019 Tour de France, stage 9: Saint-Étienne>Brioude 170,5Km

14 Jul 2019 01:11

C. PRUDHOMME'S COMMENT
One might recommend to be part of a breakaway to hope for success once in Brioude. But only those that will have been valiant on the Mur d’Aurec-sur-Loire, for instance, can conquer glory. A final selection will be made to go on the Côte de Saint-Just (3,7km at an average of 7,3 %), at 13kms from the finish at Brioude.


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Brioude is first and foremost known to the cycling lover as the hometown of Romain Bardet, second in the Tour de France in 2016 and third in 2017. The leader of the Ag2R-La Mondiale outfit was born here on November 9, 1990 and took his first license at the Vélo Sport Brivadois in 2000. He joined the training structure of Ag2R-La Mondiale, Chambéry CF, in 2010. The rest of the story is better known.

The city of Haute-Loire received the Tour only once in the past, in 2008, for the start of a stage won authoritatively in Aurillac by Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez. In 2013, a Paris-Nice stage was convincingly won by American Andrew Talansky, on a day when the young local runner, then 22 years old, finished 6th. In 2014, the first stage of the Tour de l'Avenir ended in Brioude with a victory by Kristoffer Skjerping, then the under-23 Norwegian champion. After two seasons with Cannondale, Skjerping failed to convince at World Tour level and returned to Norway.

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Km 27.5
Saint-Paul-en-Cornillon
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Km 31
Aurec-sur-Loire
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Km 55.5
Apinac
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Km 73
Craponne-sur-Arzon
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PUY-DE-DOME
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Km 88
Dore-l’Eglise
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14 Jul 2019 02:56

How narrow is the Puy de Dome road that it can never be used in the Tour again? Especially given the Planche finish used this year.
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14 Jul 2019 03:27

Leinster wrote:How narrow is the Puy de Dome road that it can never be used in the Tour again? Especially given the Planche finish used this year.

They built a train track for lazy tourists, reducing the road to one lane. Still do-able IMO, and that would be a climb that riders wouldn't know where to rest and so forth.

For this stage, bonus time to create havoc on the last climb close to the finish. Maybe Jalaphilippe and Tibopino can do it again...
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14 Jul 2019 06:13

Break all the way.
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14 Jul 2019 06:46

Similar to yesterday I suppose. A few GC riders will try something again on the last climb. Bardet ? Shame the Puy de Dome won't be used anymore.
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Re: 2019 Tour de France, stage 9: Saint-Étienne>Brioude 170,

14 Jul 2019 07:23

Richie Porte. The day has come. Please make it to finish line.
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14 Jul 2019 07:24

I hope for a big break today.
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14 Jul 2019 07:25

Thomas De Gendt might join the breakaway. He has clearly been saving himself the past few days.
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14 Jul 2019 07:40

Bora and Sunweb have tried to control stages I never would have thought they would try to control, but the breakaway riders must man up today and not just end up as 4 as the previous, similar stages.. hopefully a really big, uncontrollable break forming on the hard climb assuring some really quality guys!
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14 Jul 2019 07:49

Pretty easy win for viviani.
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14 Jul 2019 08:08

Lequack wrote:Pretty easy win for viviani.

you should bet your house if you see it pretty easy
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14 Jul 2019 08:18

No idea what to expect. Could be a big break or could be Alaphilippe again. It's Bastille day, so the frenchman must be super motivated.
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14 Jul 2019 08:19

THEORYY wrote:
Lequack wrote:Pretty easy win for viviani.

you should bet your house if you see it pretty easy


What will he do with many horses when he wins the bet?

Sunweb were quite impressive yesterday with how long many of their riders survived, so I think they will be able to bring the break back for a nice stage win for Sagan.
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Re: 2019 Tour de France, stage 9: Saint-Étienne>Brioude 170,

14 Jul 2019 08:23

fuiers wrote:Richie Porte. The day has come. Please make it to finish line.

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14 Jul 2019 08:24

Anyway I don't think a reduced bunch sprint is out of question
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14 Jul 2019 08:25

The pictures of land marks and their km position are a nice touch to the stage info. Thanks.
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14 Jul 2019 08:29

Is the entire stage covered by forests? Otherwise, there will be quite a strong cross-wind.
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14 Jul 2019 09:02

It was very hard yesteday and who knows, maybe someone feeling a bit iffy today. The first week is always long. It is up and down all day. Less climbs than yesterday, but something could surely happen in the last climb.

Hoping for a big group in the breakaway and maybe someone to try something. Im not getting my hopes up too much though.
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14 Jul 2019 09:04

That first climb looks pretty hard by the way...
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14 Jul 2019 09:06

Theoretically with the first climb so hard could be a chance for break very but very strong forming from an exploded peloton but probably they are going to let go the usual 4 men break at the first opportunity and softpedal the climb since is the Tour and nothing interesting happens there...
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