Stage 9 Tour de France 2022

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Chatel
Châtel, by Florian Pépellin, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2022 is a 193km mountain stage. It starts from Aigle in Switzerland, and does a loop in the Vaud, Fribourg and Valais cantons, taking in Montreux and Gruyères. The first two climbs are in Switzerland, and the third, the Pas de Morgins, is a col that takes the peloton from Switzerland to France. The finish line is in the ski resort of Châtel.

Stage 9 Tour de France 2022: Race Details

Race details - Stage 9, Tour de France 2022
Date Sunday 10th July 2022
Stage classification Mountain
Distance 192.9km
Intermediate sprint Semsales
Climbs Cote de Bellevue (Cat. 4)
Col des Mosses (Cat. 2)
Col de la Croix (Cat. 1)
Pas de Morgins (Cat. 1)

Stage 9 Tour de France 2022: Map & Stage Profile

Map showing Stage 9, TDF 2022
Map showing Stage 9, Tour de France 2022, © ASO/Tour de France, powered by Esri

There's an annoying video map of Stage 9:

Profile of Stage 9 Tour de France 2022:

Profile of Stage 9 Tour de France 2022
Profile of Stage 9, Tour de France 2022, © ASO/Tour de France

Stage 9 Tour de France 2022: Timings

Timings - Stage 9, Tour de France 2022 - Local French Time

Caravan Fast Schedule Slow Schedule
Start Time (départ fictif) 1030 1230 1230
Start Time (départ réel) 1045 1045 1045
Intermediate Sprint (56.5km) 1212 1404 1412
Penultimate Climb at Col de la Croix (131.8km) 1423 1600 1623
Finish Line (192.9km) 1602
1728 1802

Stage 9 Tour de France 2022: Route Notes

Stage 9 starts in Aigle.

Aigle

Chateau d'Aigle
Château d'Aigle, by Tony Bowden, Flickr, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Aigle is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, in the canton of Vaud. It's in the Rhône valley (Wikipedia).

Aigle was on the Roman road to the Great Saint Bernard Pass. The Romans called the place Aquilas (eagles). The first Medieval mention of Aigle is in 1150, under the name Alium.

The Dukes of Savoy owned Aigle in the 1200s and 1300s, then it belonged to Bern from the 1400s. It was part of the canton of Léman during the Helvetic Republic at the end of the 1700s (the French Revolutionary Wars), then joined the canton of Vaud.

According to My Switzerland, three attractions of Aigle are the Wine Museum, the Château (which houses the Wine Museum), and the Cycling Centre.

The vines here are part of the Chablais AOC. The wines are crisp, steely whites made from Chasselas grapes, as well as reds from Pinot Noir or Gamay.

The Château d'Aigle is on the site of a small fortification built by the Barons of Aigle around 1179. The castle was rebuilt and expanded in the late 1200s; that's when the curtain wall was put up. Bern attacked and damaged the castle, then rebuilt it in 1488.

The castle has been a museum since 1976.

The World Cycling Centre in Aigle was built in 2002 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the UCI. It has an indoor velodrome and a BMX track.

Aigle Cycling Centre
Aigle Cycling Centre, by Dake, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

The Rhône valley at Aigle is beautiful.

The riders head down river to Lac Léman. They soon pass the acutely picturesque lakeside Château de Chillon.

Chateau de Chillon
Château de Chillon, by Ank Kumar, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

As Adam Yates pedals past the castle, it's almost certain that he'll be reciting The Prisoner of Chillon to the rest of the peloton.

There are seven pillars of Gothic mould,
In Chillon's dungeons deep and old,
There are seven columns, massy and grey
A sunbeam which hath lost its way...
And in each pillar there is a ring,
And in each ring there is a chain;
That iron is a cankering thing,
For in these limbs its teeth remain
The Prisoner of Chillon, by Lord Byron

Next along the lakeside is Montreux.

Montreux

Freddie Mercury statue, Montreux
Freddie Mercury statue, lakeside at Montreux, by [Russian characters], Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Montreux was an important settlement in Roman times. In the Middle Ages, it belonged to the House of Savoy, then to Bern. In 1798 it became part of the Helvetic Republic.

It was in the 1800s that Montreux developed as a tourist destination for wealthy Europeans and Americans.

Montreux has held a jazz festival since 1967. The Golden Rose Festival is an international television awards event held in Montreux.

Deep Purple wrote Smoke on the Water in Montreux, describing how a Frank Zappa fan with a flare gun set Montreux Casino on fire, and the band then had to record their album somewhere else.


Leaving Montreux

After Montreux, the riders pass through Vevey, the original headquarters of Nestlé.

Manoir de Ban
Manoir de Ban (Chaplin's house), by Domaine du Manoir de Ban, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Charlie Chaplin was expelled from the USA in 1952 at the height of the McCarthy era, and settled in Switzerland, where he spent the last 25 years of his life. There's now a museum dedicated to Chaplin in his former home, the Manoir de Ban at Corsier-sur-Vevey.

Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin in the Gold Rush, public domain image

Côte de Bellevue (Category 4)

Chardonne
Chardonne, by Sandro Senn, Licence CC BY 3.0

A little further along the lake shore, at Cully, the route turns away from Lac Léman, climbing the route du Vignoble (vineyards road) towards Chexbres. This is the first categorised climb, the Côte de Bellevue (Category 4). It's 4.3km at 4%, and reaches 570m at the top with 37.1km ridden.

Auguste Piccard lived at Chexbres. He was a physicist and aeronaut, and a specialist in balloon flights; he inspired Hergé to create the character of Professor Calculus in the Adventures of Tintin.

The road continues to rise to Chardonne and Châtel-Saint-Denis (810m), and Semsales (867m), where the intermediate sprint takes place.

Bulles and Gruyères

Lac de la Gruyere
Lac de la Gruyère, by Thomas Guignard, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

Now the race route curves east to Bulle.

Bulle
Bulle, by Jean Housen, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Bulle is near the Lac de la Gruyère, which is an artificial lake on the course of the river Sarine. It passes close to Gruyères too.

Gruyères was home to the Counts of Gruyères, who had a castle there from the 1200s, built on the 'Savoy square' military model.

Gruyère is a famous cheese comes from this region of the Fribourg canton. It can be made in neighbouring cantons too, and yearly production is 30,000 tonnes.

The race route follows the course of the Sarine to Villars-sous-Mont and Montbovon. It crosses from the canton of Fribourg to the Vaud, passes the Lac du Vernex, and goes through Rossinière (908m).

Rossiniere and Lac du Vernex
Rossinière and Lac du Vernex, by Zacharie Grossen, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a mountainous area called the Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut.

Col des Mosses Climb (Category 2)

From Rossinière (908m) the riders climb to the ski area at Les Mosses. This is a Category 2 climb, le Col des Mosses (1,445m). It's 13.3km at an average 4.1%.

There's then a descent to Le Sépey and Les Diablerets (1,147m), and

Les Diablerets and the Diablerets Massif
Les Diablerets and the Diablerets Massif, by Zacharie Grossen, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Col de la Croix Climb (Category 1)

Soon after Les Diablerets the riders begin the ascent of the Col de la Croix (1,778m). It's 8.1km at an average 7.6%, and it's Category 1.

From the Col de la Croix, there's a long descent via Villars-sur-Ollon to Aigle (394m). The riders are then back where they started, on the flat Rhône valley floor. The parcours remains flat as far as Monthey.

Pas de Morgins (Category 1)

Profile of the Pas de Morgins climb
Profile of the Pas de Morgins climb, © ASO/Tour de France

From Monthey, the climb of the Pas de Morgins begins. It's already steeply uphill to Troistorrents, but after Troistorrents there's a series of six hairpin bends, then a straight but steep road to Morgins.

Morgins
Morgins, by Arnaud 25, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The gradient eases just before the summit of the Pas de Morgins at 1,377m.

This climb is 15.4km at an average 6.1%, which makes it Category 1.

The Finish in Châtel

From the top of the Pas de Morgins it's downhill to the village of Châtel, but the final stretch to the finish line at Châtel's Bike Park and Piste de Luge is uphill once again.

Stage 9 Tour de France 2022: the Favourites

Mollema
Bauke Mollema, by bert de boer, Licence CC BY 2.0

The rider who wins today will of course need to be able to climb well, but Christian Prudhomme's assumption is that the winner may well come from a breakaway; the GC contenders could be keeping their powder dry for a harder day later in the race.

This is a Sunday, the day before a rest day, which could rather throw into doubt the idea that the winner will come from a breakaway - because if you're going for the GC and you have a rest the next day, why not go for it? But let's assume that Prudhomme is correct and consider possible winners from a breakaway.

It could be a day for Nairo Quintana if he has lost time by this point. Kenny Elissonde might be in with a shout, as could his Trek Segafredo teammate Bauke Mollema. Lennard Kämna could pull a big performance out of the bag if he's not on team duty. Finally, how about Jakob Fuglsang of Israel Premier Tech?

Who do you think will win Stage 9?



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