Sunday July 12th, 2015

Stage 9Vannes / Plumelec

Start 15h00 (Local time)

An atypical team time trial

Sporting stakes11.07.2015Stage 9- Vannes / Plumelec

This stage is unique in the history of cycling. Usually a team time trial is contested in the first third of a Grand Tour but eight stages have already taken their toll. Orica-GreenEdge, the last squad to have won the TTT at the Tour de France two years ago, is three riders down due to the abandons of Simon Gerrans, Daryl Impey and Michael Albasini after crashing. Vannes to Plumelec is also an atypical course as it's lumpy with an uphill finish in a famous cycling heartland. Mûr de Bretagne stage winner Alexis Vuillermoz claimed the GP Plumelec one and half month ago. It's also the place where Alejandro Valverde took stage 1 in the 2008 Tour de France in which Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali were making their debut at the Grande Boucle. The three of them are under stress ahead of this 28-km long stage set to be decisive for the overall classification, as Chris Froome stated after stage 8. Their respective teams, Movistar, Sky and Astana, are potential winners, so are Tinkoff-Saxo and BMC. It won't be just physical but a tactical affair as well in terms of using the different riders' power smartly in the first part of the race and saving some energy for the conclusive hill where the fifth rider's time will count for the rankings.

  • BMC Racing Team beats Team Sky by one second

    It's been tight! BMC Racing Team won the atypical team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec on the 28km long stage that closed the first chapter of the 102nd Tour de France. The other two dominant teams were Sky who only lost by one second after creeping in the Cadoudal hill and Movistar who finished strongly but four seconds down. Chris Froome retained the lead of the overall ranking with an advantage of 12 seconds over Tejay van Garderen before the Pyrenees.

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