The biggest annual cycling event of them all begins on the 7th July as the best cyclists in the world compete in the Tour De France. The 105th edition will last for three weeks, ending on the 29th July.
In this article we will take a look at stage 9 of the Tour De France and give our prediction of what will happen. For cycling fans, stage 9 looks set to be one of the most exciting ones in the whole Tour!
Tour De France 2018 Stage 9 – The Main Details
The 9th stage of this year’s Tour De France is bound to be quite a spectacle with 15 cobbled paths along the route for riders to contend with!
This is quite possibly the most unpredictable stage at this year’s Tour De France and it is not exactly the stage the riders are most looking forward to. Covering a distance of 156.5km, the stage begins in Arras and ends in Roubaix, outside of the velodrome.
Here is some basic information about stage 9 of the 2018 Tour De France:
- Begins on Sunday the 15th July
- 5 km distance covered
- 7km of cobbles with 15 different cobbled paths for drivers to contend with
- Intermediate sprint at Wasnes-Au-Bac
- Stage begins in Arras
- Ends in Roubaix
- Set to begin at local time of 12:50
- Estimated finish of 16:18 local time
The total distance riders will cover on the cobbles in this year’s Tour De France is a very considerable 21.7km. The cobbles begin 47.5 km into the race and there will be just 8km of the race to go after the last cobble path is cleared.
The cobbles don’t exactly offer smooth riding for the cyclists, and the General Classification contenders will be particularly acutely aware that any slight mistake could prove costly. Indeed, the yellow jersey can be won and lost in stage 9 this year.
Tour De France 2018 Stage 9 Prediction
Firstly, a big deciding factor will be the weather conditions. If the rain is coming down, things can get very messy and unpredictable; slippery cobbles are not a pretty sight for riders.
The BMC racing team have two of the main contenders to win this race. One of the General Classification favourites, Richie Porte, is not the greatest rider on the cobbles, but he is likely to be among the main contenders in stage 9.
His teammate, Greg Van Avermaet, is the better rider of the two in a route such as this one, but much will depend on where Porte stands in the General Classification rankings. It remains to be seen whether Porte will allow Van Avermaet to push for the victory in stage 9.
Other strong contenders include Sep Vanmarcke and Peter Sagan who are both able to navigate the cobbles as seamlessly as anyone in the Tour.
We couldn’t find any betting markets on stage 9 of the Tour De France, but as we draw nearer to the Tour, you can expect stage 9 betting markets to spring up. It’s difficult to predict a winner, but we think Sagan or Porte will be there or thereabouts.
Stage 9 looks set to be a real spectacle with the possibility of many interesting twists and turns. The 15th July is the date to note in your diaries!