Tour de France 2021: O’Connor solos to triumph, Pogacar keeps yellow

Ben O Connor - Tour de France 2021: O'Connor solos to triumph, Pogacar keeps yellowfoto: Cor VosThe second consecutive alpine stage on Le Tour travels in horrible weather conditions to Tignes. Attacker Ben O'Connor solos to victory and moves up to the second place behind yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 9th stage Tour de France 2021

1. Ben O’Connor (aus)
2. Mattia Cattaneo (ita) + 5.07
3. Sonny Colbrelli (ita) + 5.34
4. Guillaume Martin (fra) + 5.36
5. Franck Bonnamour (fra) + 6.02
6. Tadej Pogacar (slo) s.t.
7. Richard Carapaz (ecu) + 6.34
8. Jonas Vingegaard (den) s.t.
9. Enric Mas (spa) s.t.
10. Rigoberto Uran (col) s.t.

13. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 6.47
14. David Gaudu (fra) + 7.32
15. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 7.36

GC after stage 9
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Ben O’Connor (aus) + 2.01
3. Rigoberto Uran (col) + 5.18
4. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 5.32
5. Richard Carapaz (ecu) + 5.33
6. Enric Mas (spa) + 5.47
7. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 5.58
8. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) + 6.12
9. Guillaume Martin (fra) + 7.02
10. David Gaudu (fra) + 7.22

Race report
Harry Sweeny and Davide Ballerini jump off the front after 10 kilometres, but they are brought back on the summit of the climb, Côte de Domancy.

The peloton is down to some 50 riders on the plateau after the summit.

On the run-in to the intermediate sprint six riders jump clear: Michael Matthews, Sonny Colbrelli, Dylan Teuns, Julian Alaphilippe, Stefan Küng and Christopher Juul-Jensen. A huge group rejoins them before the Col des Saisies.

Nairo Quintana attacks on the climb before Michael Woods and Omar Fraile jump across. The four are brought back before Wout Poels gives it a go. Quintana rejoins the KOM leader just before the top. Woods, O’Connor, Higuita and Hamilton are the first chasers.

Quintana goes alone on descent and the chasers catch Poels. In the valley they are with six before Poels en Woods lose contact. The Canadian makes it back on the early slopes of the Col du Pré.

Quintana attacks in the last 2 kilometres of the climb and Woods follows him like a shadow – one, twice -, but the Colombian gets rid of his shadow with another acceleration. He takes the lead in the KOM competition at the top.

Higuita, Quintana and O’Connor tackle the Cormet de Roselend with three before the two Colombians drop the Australian on the descent.

The leaders are once again with three ahead of the finish climb, while Quintana drops back on the early slopes. O’Connor leaves Higuita behind with 17 kilometres remaining. He is flying and puts minutes into his rivals.

While O’Connor crosses the line celebrating, Carapaz attacks a few kilometres back. Pogacar overtakes him and pushes on alone. He overhauls several riders and finishes in sixth position.

At a certain point in the race O’Connor was the virtual race leader, but he falls 2.01 minutes short at the finish and moves up to second place. Uran sits in third.

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