Tour Moments of Joy: Stage 9 – Salute the Peloton on the Puy du Dôme

Stage 9 of the Tour de France was BRUTAL. The leg-breaking parcours in the run to the Puy de Dôme followed by the agonising kilometres of the legendary climb itself. I don’t have one moment of joy today, instead I offer a salute to the riders who conquered the Puy today.

To Movistar’s American, Matteo Jorgenson who went solo from the breakaway with 48km to go.

Imagine this is your view when your muscles are already screaming and you have to make it to the top.  I would get off the bike and cry.

Matteo holds the Strava record for this climb and it was heart-wrenching to see him lose first, second and ultimately 3rd step of the stage podium. He was awarded most combative rider but deserved so much more. What a ride – I hope it is something he will be proud of when the disappointment recedes.

I ended up getting solo. So from there, I went all in and yeah, in the end, you just have to hope behind they blow up – because a minute at the bottom of that climb wasn’t quite enough.

To Michael Woods (Israel-Premier Tech)

Always slated to be part of the break and his persistence and perfect timing paid off with his first Tour de France stage win.

To the duelling duo Jonas Vinegaard (Jumbo-Visma)and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates)

I know there was disappointment that they didn’t play for the win. To be fair neither did the legends Raymond Poulidor and Jacques Anquetil whose names are synonymous with this climb. However, with the breakaway holding a huge margin and always going to take stage honours, powder was kept dry in the peloton until they hit the steepest ramps. Once chief Jumbo Bee Sepp Kuss had swung off, we were on high alert.

But it was Tadej who attacked and got the gap, and ice cold Jonas who limited his losses to 8seconds to keep his yellow jersey.

They honoured the stage and I won’t hear otherwise.

To every rider that made it today. CHAPEAU

What a stage indeed.

Not a bad day for North America.

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