Stage 9: Arc-et-Senans to Besançon
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After two days of mountain claiming, Stage 9 will be sort of a relief for the peloton. There will be no category climb on this 41.5km race from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon. One of the two longer individual time trials, we will see time trial specialize riders such as the Bradley Wiggins, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tony Martins of Omega-Pharma thrive.
Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky had his outburst to the media about being compared to Lance Armstrong who is currently been linked in an investigation by the US Anti-doping Agency. Having given his piece, he will not let this destruct him of his main aim this year, to win the Tour de France 2012. With Wiggo placing himself in a good position after a week run in the Tour and combined it with tomorrow’s race up his alley, we can expect that he will widen the gap between him and is rivals. However, Fabian Cancellara Radioshack-Nissan bookmakers’ favorite Odds 19/10 to win Stage 9.
When: Monday 9th July
Starting Point: Arc-et-Senans
End Point: Besancon
Type: Medium Mountain
Arc-et-Senans - Besancon, 41.5km
The mountain passes routes will be switched out with individual time trails for Stage 9. The riders will be contesting the first of the two time trail on the Tour de France and what a fitting moment that they will start the trials at Arc-et-Senans or known as “the city of time”. For those of you that are visiting or have a general interest of the town, it is a UNSECO heritage site and stage the tour de France for the second time. It will be a 41.5km route to Besancon and some riders know that a good time here could help in the latter stages of their journey.
In the trials, it’s all about getting the good times and everyone is a winner, of course, the yellow jersey would be a good bonus and addition to the performance. The 41.5km could really make distance between main rivals and speak to Lance Armstrong about this, he’ll tell you that he was the last one to win the trials at Besancon.
Odds for Stage 9 - Winner
|Gustav Erik Larsson||80/1||200/1|
|Edvald Boasson Hagen||100/1||125/1|
|TJ Van Garderen||200/1||250/1|
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