Moreno and Grmay gave harder bite to the climbs of Stage 9
Chambéry, Sunday, 9th July – On the 9th stage of Tour de France riders were faced with an 181,5 km long, tough mountain challenge, with seven climbs through the Jura mountains from Nantua to Chambéry.
There was drama throughout the tough climbing stage. A large breakaway formed early from the start. Our riders Moreno and Grmay showed great performance during the climbs and they were among 40 riders that were in the leading group. It was a thrilling finish to a remarkable stage, on which we missed some of our riders and which we will all remember by the nasty crashes of Thomas and Porte, that took the shine off the day’s racing. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) became a Tour de France stage winner for the first time in a very tight finish.
Speaking just after the finish, Javier Moreno commented: »A pretty hard day. Tsgabu and I went into the breakaway, but then some other riders forced the tempo and it was impossible to stay in the front. We tried anyway and for sure we will try again in the next days. Day by day I feel better and this gives me high morale for the next stages and tough days, where we can go into breakaway again.«
After today’s stage, Sonny Colbrelli keeps the 6th place in the Points classification with 73 points and the leader is Marcel Kittel from Quick-Step Floors with 212 points.
Tomorrow is the first rest day of this year’s Tour de France.
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