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Champagne for One French Rider after Stage 9

Anthony Turgis, by ASO/Charly Lopez
Anthony Turgis, by ASO/Charly Lopez

There will be Champagne for Anthony Turgis after his winning performance on the white roads near Troyes on Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2024.

The breakaway included Turgis, Jasper Stuyven, Tom Pidcock, Derek Gee, Alexey Lutsenko, Javier Romo and Alex Aranburu.

Jasper Stuyven attacked with 10km to go, but was caught by the rest of the group with about 1km left. That meant it came down to a sprint, won by Turgis. Pidcock was second and Gee third.

Video Highlights

These are video highlights of Stage 9 Tour de France 2024.

The GC Battle

Primoz Roglic was in trouble at one stage, behind the peloton with his main rivals in it. He made it back on.

Jonas Vingegaard punctured with 99km to go, and borrowed his teammate Jan Tratnik’s bike. Never Strays Far podcast speculated that Tratnik, who is about the same height as Vingegaard (1m73 vs 1m75), had been riding a bike set up for the Dane for just this eventuality.

Remco Evenepoel attacked with 78km to go, and Pogacar chased him down together with Vingegaard. Roglic was left behind.

At 74km to go, the Big Three were up with the breakaway. Vingegaard didn’t want to contribute, and the three of them dropped back again.

Remco had an opinion on this, as he does on so many subjects.

‘It’s a pity that some didn’t work in the group as we could have gained a significant margin, of minutes even, over the others.

I think Tadej and I were not happy because maybe the podium for the Tour could have been decided today. You have to accept race tactics, race situations, but sometimes you also need the balls to race, and unfortunately maybe Jonas didn’t have them today’.

remco evenepoel

I’m sure when Evenepoel is appointed as Vingegaard’s strategy director, the Belgian’s advice will taken seriously. Until that point, it might be better for Vingegaard to follow his own tactics in his own best interests.

Remco Evenepoel, by ASO/Billy Ceusters
Remco Evenepoel, by ASO/Billy Ceusters

Remco might also reflect that Pogacar is his rival, not his buddy.

Pogacar tried an attack with 22km to go, but Matteo Jorgenson helped Vingegaard close it down.

Ultimately there was no change in the overall standings of the top four.

Champagne for One French Rider after Stage 9

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