I can imagine the nerves during warm-ups prior to the stage start as riders sat on spinners outside their team buses, trying to ward off the fear of not doing their part and seeing their team's GC contender loose minutes. Or having their own 2015 Tour de France over if left behind by their squad on the road and missing the time cutoff. An excruciating 32-minute effort made for a very tough day at the office for 22 teams of the Tour de France.
|Team BMC celebrates TTT win TDF 2015. Photo via Team SKY website gallery of photos Stage 9.|
No rider missed the time cut-off, which was very generous at 30%. The time spread from first to last team was under five minutes (04.33) on a 28km course. The top speed of the BMC team reached 77.54 km/h, average speed was 52.09 km/h. The top speed on the stage was reached by Nicholas Roche (SKY) at 78.37 km/h.
Stage 9 results
|5||Astana Pro Team||0:00:35|
|10||AG2R LA Mondiale||0:01:24|
|11||Trek Factory Racing||0:01:25|
|21||Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:02:32|
Team results affected the overall GC, with Movistar achieving big gains for their top two men. Both Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde moved into the top 10. Quintana from 16th place to 9th; his teammate Valverde from 12th to 7th. Contador moved from 7th to 5th, Robert Gesink dropped down from 11th to 15th, along with his teammate Bauke Mollema, who dropped from 10th to 16th place on GC.
After results of the TTT, Contador is going to be looking for a miracle ... or a chain drop. He will have to work hard with his fellow Spaniards and Colombians to attack Froome. Note how I did not mention Nibali, I am going out on a limb by stating Vincenzo will not be on the podium this year in Paris. Here is a list of current GC hopefuls and their place after the TTT. :
|1||Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky||31:34:12|
|2||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:12|
|5||Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo||0:01:03|
|6||Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step||0:01:18|
|7||Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team||0:01:50|
|9||Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team||0:01:59|
|11||Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal||0:02:01|
|15||Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:02:52|
|16||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing||0:02:56|
|17||Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||0:03:30|
|18||Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha||0:03:52|
|19||Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||0:04:17|
|20||Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling||0:04:32|
|21||Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale||0:04:38|
|23||Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida||0:05:20|
- Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome
- Green Jersey: Peter Sagan
- Polka-dot Jersey: Daniel Teklehaimanot
- White Jersey: Peter Sagan
- Combative: not awarded
- Best Team: BMC
- Lanterne Rouge: Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge (behind by 1:16:10)
- 184 riders remain with the abandon of Ivan Basso
Time Trial Bikes
Taking a look at the top three time trial bikes of the 2015 Tour de France (in terms of placement on the stage):
BMC TM01 - $14,000++
Pinarello Bolide - $14,000+++
Canyon Speedmax - $7500+ (a much better starting point for an extravagant bike!)
|BMC TM01 time trial bike. Photo by Cycling Weekly|
- Tour de France bikes: Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Timemachine (video), By Henry Robertshaw of Cycling Weekly.
- TDF2015 Tech: BMC molds insanely expensive one-off, one-piece custom TT fork-and-cockpit, By Tyler Benedict of Bike Radar
|Pinarello Bolide Team Sky TDF. Photo via Team SKY website gallery of photos Stage 9.|
- Tour de France Tech 2015: Chris Froome’s Pinarello Bolide, By RoadCC
- Pro bike: Richie Porte's Tour de France Pinarello Bolide, By Bike Radar
- Video: Chris Froome's Pinarello Bolide time trial bike, By Cycling News
- Video: Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Bolide TT bike By Cycling News
|Movistar team rides Canyon bikes. Photo via Team SKY website gallery of photos Stage 9.|
- Pro bike: Alex Dowsett's Tour de France Canyon Speedmax CF, By Ben Delaney of Cycling News
- Video: Movistar's Canyon time trial bikes ready for Giro d'Italia team time trial (2014), by David Arthur for RoadCC
- Founded in 2002 - Canyon Bicycles is a German manufacturer of racing bikes, mountain bikes and triathlon bikes based in Koblenz, Germany.
- Also used by Team Katusha.
|Canyon time trial bike. Photo via Canyon Bicycles website.|
Now see the regular road bikes of the World Tour Teams 2015
The riders rested Monday
Update Monday July 13th: Get well soon Ivan Basso!
The city of Pau is commonly used as a rest day for le tour. More about Pau and the beauty of cycling in the Pyrenees later.
|French Pyrenees in the south of France|
- TDF Rest Day 1: Rest Day reads and the Pyrenees
- My Top Twenty Climbs in France
- Get well soon Ivan Basso!
- Stage 9 TDF: TTT - 3 teams were clearly the best
- Stage 8 TDF: Field Art and a GC Climb
- Stage 7 TDF: The Hotbed of French Cycling
- Stage 6 TDF: Gorgeous scenery, crashes and surprises
- Stage 5 TDF: Memorials, Wind and Position
- Please watch Stage 4 of the Tour de France
- Route of the 2015 Tour de France