Stage 9: Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre, 168.5km, high mountains
This stage picks up where yesterday’s stage left off – the boys have five climbs to get over, four of those cat 1s, and there’s no messing around. The first climb – and the only cat 2 in this stage – kicks off immediately, with the summit coming at 28.5km into the stage. It’s a day when a breakaway is likely to disappear up the road and never be seen again. Continue reading
Stage 9: San Sepolcro to Firenze, 170km
Another dark, rain-soaked medium mountain stage with four categorised climbs and four slippery descents that saw a lone breakaway victory and a GC contender distanced from his rivals. Continue reading
Stage 9: San Sepolcro to Firenze, 170km, medium mountains
This is the last stage before the first rest day and, just as importantly, the day after the punishing time trial. The GC riders gave everything yesterday and will probably be happy for a small breakaway to duke it out for the stage win in Florence.