Tour de France 2020 Favourites stage 9: For daredevil punchers

Julian Alaphilippe 2019 - Tour de France 2020 Favourites stage 9:Both Pyrenees stages on this year's Tour de France finish downhill. Doubtless, master descender Julian Alaphilippe does not mind.

The last part of the Col de Marie Blanque is likely to be of crucial importance. These 4 kilometres climb at almost 12% to the top and after a short section on a plateau the riders plunge down the flanks and into the valley. The last 8 kilometres run false flat uphill to the stage finish in Laruns.

One could argue that this route is tailor-made for Julian Alaphilippe. The puncher eats the steepest ramps of the Marie Blanque for breakfast, although the 4 kilometres at almost 12% are not isolated – they are preceded by 3.7 kilometres at 5.7%.

Otherwise, the route is not too demanding, especially when you consider that these are the Pyrenees. Halfway through the race the riders crest the combo Col de La Hourcère and Col de Soudet. The first is 11.1 kilometres long and slopes at 8.8% and following a short descent the route continues to climb for 3.8 kilometres at 8.5% on the Soudet. Apart from these inclination, the riders are mainly treated to undulating roads on the Tour de France’s ninth day of action.

Not for the first time this Tour the legitimate question springs to mind: breakaway men of GC riders? Both scenario’s are viable and a lot will depend on the GC.

We’ll update this article when the Tour de France is underway.

Favourites 9th stage 2020 Tour de France

*** Davide Formolo, Thomas De Gendt, Julian Alaphilippe
** Primoz Roglic, Tadej Pogacar, Nairo Quintana
* Maximilian Schachmann, Alejandro Valverde, Warren Barguil, Dylan Teuns

Take a look at the route of the 9th stage on the Tour de France.

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