Tour de France 2024: Turgis wins compelling gravel race, Pogacar still leader

Anthony Turgis - Tour de France 2024: Turgis wins compelling gravel race, Pogacar still leaderfoto: Cor VosJasper Stuyven attacks from the lead group in the approach of the final of fourteen gravel sectors. His attempt ends just after the flamme rouge before Anthony Turgis wins the sprint ahead of Tom Pidcock and Derek Gee. The GC riders finish together and Tadej Pogacar stays in yellow. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 9th stage 2024 Tour de France

1. Anthony Turgis (fra)
2. Tom Pidcock (gbr) s.t.
3. Derek Gee (can) s.t.
4. Alex Aranburu (spa) s.t.
5. Ben Healy (irl) s.t.
6. Alexey Lutsenko (kaz) s.t.
7. Javier Romo (spa) + 0.12
8. Jasper Stuyven (bel) + 0.18
9. Biniam Girmay (eri) + 1.17
10. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.
– GC riders + 1.46

GC after stage 9
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Remco Evenepoel (bel) + 0.33
3. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 1.15
4. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 1.36
5. Juan Ayuso (spa) + 2.16
6. João Almeida (por) + 2.17
7. Carlos Rodriguez (spa) + 2.31
8. Mikel Landa (spa) + 3.35
9. Derek Gee (can) + 4.02
10. Matteo Jorgenson (usa) + 4.03

Race report
Paul Lapeira, Romain Grégoire, Neilson Powless, Jarrad Drizners, and Derek Gee are the first riders to open up a gap after almost 10 kilometres of action. The peloton keeps pushing and the five are brought back in a 30 kilometres chase.

A group of ten riders tackle the first gravel sector with a 30 seconds lead: Elmar Reinders, Jasper Stuyven, Gianni Vermeersch, Neilson Powless, Maxim Van Gils, Derek Gee, Oier Lazkano, Javier Romo, Alexey Lutsenko, and Anthony Turgis.

While the leaders put 2 minutes into the peloton, Axel Zingle and Alex Aranburu rejoin the front. Ben Healy and Tom Pidcock make the catch just before the second gravel sector.

On the steep sector, Primoz Roglic and Juan Ayuso lose contact with the other GC riders. They make it back with 114 kilometres left to race.

The pace in the main group is high, and the lead of the attackers falls to 30 seconds.

Remco Evenepoel attacks from the GC group on the Côte de Chaceney. Tadej Pogacar goes after him with Jonas Vingegaard in his wheel. The three catch the lead group with 74.5 kilometres remaining.

Vingegaard refuses to share the workload, and the three riders drop back into the remnants of the peloton. Moments later, Lutsenko, Gee, Pidcock, Stuyven, and Healy head out together. Aranburu, Romo, and Turgis regain contact on ‘secteur 8’.

Michael Matthews, David Gaudu, Mathieu van der Poel, Rui Costa, Jakob Fuglsang, Biniam Girmay, and Rasmus Tiller open the chase inside the final 50 kilometres. They close the gap to within 40 seconds, and then the chase stalls.

Meanwhile, the gap of the GC group widens to over 2 minutes before it falls to 1.30 minutes. Pogacar then accelerates on ‘secteur 4’, with 22 kilometres left to race. He drops his rivals. First Laporte and then Jorgenson bring Vingegaard back to the yellow jersey’s wheel. Moments later, Evenepoel regains contact with the other GC contenders in his slipstream.

Stuyven drops his companions in the lead group 11 kilometres from the finish. He leaves the last ‘secteur’ 9 seconds ahead of the chasers, but he is caught just after the flamme rouge.

Turgis powers to victory in the ensuing sprint. He outguns Pidcock and Gee, while Girmay wins the sprint of the chasing group, thus extending his lead in the points competition.

The GC riders finish together, 1.46 minutes behind the stage winner, and Pogacar keeps the yellow jersey.

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