It’s Bastille Day in France. The country have their man in yellow after Julian Alaphilippe thrillingly won it back on Saturday.
Former soldier Alaphilippe took the overall lead on stage three with a stunning solo break but lost it to Italy’s Giulio Ciccone at the Planche des Belles Filles mountain slog on Thursday.
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But this stage brings much intrigue, not least because, for the first time ever the Tour will be finishing in Brioude.
Tour de France 2019: Stage 9
Riders just can’t catch a break. Hilly, with climbs to finish, this is another tough day and the rest day is only on Tuesday. The stretch to the Côte de Saint-Just (3,7km at an average of 7,3 %), at 13kms from the finish at Brioude, is just another little treat the organisers have blessed riders with. How sweet.
Profile: Another hilly stage, with a category one climb nice and early.
We know one thing for sure about the 2019 Tour de France: predictions are very difficult. They’re even more difficult when stages are as savage as this one. It rises sharply and is set up to encourage a breakaway. Alaphilippe is out to prove a point but maybe this is the day for a fairytale finish for the man the tour was seemingly designed for. If you believe in magic, Romain Bardet will take it. Alaphilippe is a good bet, too.
How to watch and start time
The action will be live on SuperSport 5 from 12:55 and should finish at around 17:30. If you don’t have a Dstv subscription, you can follow Le Tour’s YouTube channel for all the highlights.
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