July 7, 2017
Tour de France 2017
Stage 9: Nantua - Chambery, 181km
Carnage on the road to Chambery
Rigoberto Uran wins stage marred by carnage on the road to Chambery as Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte crash out of Le Tour. Froome keeps safe to retain yellow going into first rest day.
Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) took the win in a six man sprint featuring Warren Barguil, Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru and Jakob Fugsang. The day shook up the GC standings with Froome's lieutenant Geraint Thomas and BMC's Richie Porte, along Robert Gesink 9Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Manuele Mori (UAE), were forced to abandon after heavy crashes.
The day started with an attack by Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) on the opening climb of the cŰte des Noyelles which caused a cascade of attacks culminating in a group of 40 riders free after just 5km.
The group had a four minute lead at teh foot of the Hors-Categorie Col de la Biche (1316m). Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the first to summit. Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Tiejs Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Warren Barguil (Sunweb) rode away up the Grand Colombier. Behind them in the pelotonThomas had crashed breaking his collarbone.
Barguil was first at the summit six minutes before the yellow jersey group and a 12-man group comprising Matthews, Bakelants, Gallopin, Geschke, Benoot, Roglic, Mollema, Barguil, Navarro, Pantano, Vuillermoz and Betancur was reunited in the valley on the way to the Mont du Chat.
Bakelants and Gallopin went on after the sprint and rode as a duo to the Mont du Chat. While Gallopin soloed with 33km to go at the beginning of the climb it was Barguil who proved strongest passed him 6km before the summit and creasting the final climb alone.
Richie Porte was the final casuality of the day, sliding out and crashing, breaking his collarbone and pelvis. He was taken to hospitl in considerable pain but conscious
Romain Bardet made a solo bid for the win and enjoyed a lead form 12km to 2km left to go before he was finally caught.
In the run in, Fuglsang launched an early attack trying to emulate his victory after Mont du Chat in the Dauphine but Uran followed by Barguil powered past him.
The day was tough on the sprinters with Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) and stage winner and former green jersey leader Arnaud Demare amongst eight riders finshing outside the time limit.
Quotes of the Day
Chris Froome, Team Sky, Maillot Jaune:
"It was definitely a mix of emotions. Coming to the finish I was obviously grateful to get there in yellow and to pick up a few bonus seconds on the finish line Ė extending my lead to Fabio Aru and my other main rivals. But in the same breath it was a day full of incident, first of all with Geraint Thomas going down off the Col de la Biche and breaking his collarbone.
"Itís a massive blow to the team. Not only was Geraint sitting second on GC going into the rest day, but heís also a key helper for me in the mountains when the race is really on. Weíre definitely going to miss him in the next half of the race, but obviously first and foremost weíre all just thinking of G and hoping he heals up quick.
"Obviously there was also the incident out on the road where I had a mechanical on the Mont du Chat. It was clear to me I had to change bikes straight away and it appeared that Fabio Aru accelerated at that moment. I think certainly in the peloton thereís a bit of an unwritten rule that when the race leader has some kind of an issue that prevents him from racing, then the group doesnít take advantage of a situation like that.
"So Iím really grateful to them for sitting up and easing the pace for a few moments while I was able to change the bike and get back. I think Richie was instrumental in that so, again, thank you to Richie for that.
"Once I got back to the group I think the very next hairpin we went round I lost my balance a little bit and swerved to the right. Aru happened to be on my right and he had to swerve as well. It was a genuine mistake and I think Fabio was the first to recognise that. I apologised straight away on the road as soon as it happened. Any suggestion that it was on purpose is just crazy - first of all itís not anything I would ever do, and I was already on my spare bike, so to risk putting my derailleur into Aruís front wheel Ė itís just crazy. I wouldnít risk that at all. "
On Richie Porte, "The images of Richieís crash were just absolutely horrific. I only saw them at the podium area and it just left me stunned. I got in touch with Richie after the race. Heís pretty badly injured with a fractured pelvis, collarbone and concussion, I think, but at the same time Iím just thankful it wasnít more serious because it really did look awful. When something like that happens it does put bike racing into context. Weíre all putting everything on the line, but when you see a friend getting badly hurt in that way it reminds you of what is really important. I know myself and the whole team wish him a quick recovery. "
Geraint Thomas, Team Sky:
"It still hasnít really sunk in. Iím sure it will be like the Giro and when I get home is when it really hits home so to speak. When you start seeing results and getting the Team Sky text messages through about who has done what on the stage. The show goes on pretty quickly. So I think it will hit me tomorrow and in a few daysí time.
"At the moment itís more just the devastation of leaving the Tour Ė but obviously youíve got to remember and savour the good times because they are rare in this sport. For sure in a week or so or once the Tour is over Iíll look back on those good bits. But for the moment itís still pretty raw.
"Itís all learning I guess and itís given me the confidence in the training Iíve been doing. All that hard work has got me into the position to do well. I didnít fully reap the benefits of it but I can still take a lot from that.
"Iím going to see a specialist on Tuesday and get it operated on this week. Iíll have a week off and then I should be back on the turbo trainer. Iím in no massive rush to get back anyway. Weíll decide what the programme will be in a week or soís time once the dust has settled."
Summary - Stage 9 - Tour de France 2017 by tourdefrance_en
Stage Nine Results and GC
Stage 1: 1 July - Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf (time trial), 13km
Stage 2: 2 July - Dusseldorf - Liege (Belgium), 202km
Stage 3: 3 July - Verviers (Belgium) - Longwy, 202km
Stage 4: 4 July - Mondorf-Les-Bains (Luxembourg) - Vittel, 203km
Stage 5: 5 July - Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Stage 6: 6 July - Vesoul - Troyes, 216km
Stage 7: 7 July 7 - Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214km
Stage 8: 8 July 8 - Dole - Station des Rousses, 187km
Stage 9: 9 July - Nantua - Chambery, 181km
First rest day: 10 July
Stage 10: 11 July - Perigueux - Bergerac, 178km
Stage 11: 12 July - Eymet - Pau, 202km
Stage 12: 13 July - Pau - Peyragudes, 214km
Stage 13: 14 July - Saint-Girons - Foix, 100km
Stage 14: 15 July - Blagnac - Rodez, 181km
Stage 15: 16 July - Laissac-Severac L'Eglise - Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Second rest day: 17 July
Stage 16: 18 July - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isere, 165km
Stage 17: 19 July - La Mure - Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Stage 18: 20 July - Briancon - Izoard, 178km
Stage 19: 21 July - Embrun - Salon-de-Provence, 220km
Stage 20: 22 July - Marseille - Marseille (time trial), 23km
Stage 21: 23 July - Montgeron - Paris Champs-Elysees, 105km