Dumoulin Wins Stage 9 Solo in the Rain
Tom Dumoulin of Giant-Alpecin won Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France in the Pyrenees Mountains. This was Dumoulin’s first Tour stage victory. Dumoulin pulled away from a breakaway group of 10 riders on the final climb to win the stage alone in a heavy rainstorm. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) battled for the Polka Dot - King of the Mountains battle. Fabio Aru (Astana) Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) lost time on this stage on the final climb. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) pulled to within 7 points of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the Green jersey competition.
A hot and sunny Stage 9 that runs 184.5 km (115 mile) from Vielha Val d'Aran to Andorre Arcalis. This tough mountain stage, one day before the first rest day of the Tour, has three Category 1 climbs:
- Port de la Bonaigua (2 072 m), 13.7 km, 6.1%, 19 km mark
- Port del Cantò (1 721 m), 19 km, 5.4%, 87.5 km mark
- Col de Beixalis (1 796 m), 6.4 km, 8.5% , 157 km mark
And one Hors Categorie climb:
- Andorre Arcalis (2 240m)10.1 km, 7.2%, 184,5 km mark
The question of the day was whether Team Sky and Froome would recover from yesterday's effort and keep Froome in Yellow since Froome is only 23 seconds ahead in the standings.
A 20 rider breakaway group formed at the 38 km (24 mile), including Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto–Soudal), and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), each battling in the King of the Mountains competition. Peter Sagan chased down the leading group on a 100 km per hour (62 mph) descent to compete for the Intermediate Sprint in Andoree La-Vielle. He won the sprint to win 20 points and pull to within 7 points of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data). Pinot and Majka battled each other over the climbs gaining points in the KOM fight.
Ten riders remained from the original group of 20 in the last 15km (9 miles) of the stage. The group was 9 minutes ahead of the lead group of the peloton.
On the final climb, the Andorre Arcalis, Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) lead the way up alone, in heavy rain.The group of 10 decreased to 6 riders chasing Dumoulin at 1 minute behind. Team Sky led Froome up the final climb with Quintana pacing right behind him. Froome attacked with 3 km to go on the stage. Quintana stayed with him, and Richie Porte (BMC) raced to catch up. Dan Martin Etixx–Quick-Step) (caught up and tried to launch an attack on Froome. Dumoulin stayed away from the other riders to win the stage victory. The remains of the breakaway group pulled across the line soon after. The riders in the lead group battled each other in the final kilometers of the stage, with Adam Yates pulling slightly ahead of Froome trying to grab seconds off of Froome’s lead.
Stage 9 Results
Rui Alberto Faria da Costa
Daniel Navarro Garcia
Cofidis, Solutions Credits
Winner Anacona Gomez
Astana Pro team
BMC Racing Team
AG2R La Mondiale
Sergio Luis Henao Montoya
King of the Mountains Competition