13 July 2015

Stage 9 TDF: The TTT - 3 teams were clearly the best

A short hilly team time trial

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.
Who was the fastest team?

1BMC Racing0:32:15
2Team Sky0:00:01
3Movistar Team0:00:04

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

1BMC Racing0:32:15
2Team Sky0:00:01
3Movistar Team0:00:04
5Astana Pro Team0:00:35
6IAM Cycling0:00:38
9Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:14
10AG2R LA Mondiale0:01:24
11Trek Factory Racing0:01:25
12Team Cannondale-Gramin0:01:29
13Bora-Argon 180:01:31
15Lotto Soudal0:01:36
16Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:37
17Team Europcar0:01:42
18Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:01:46
19Team Katusha0:01:53
21Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:32

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. :

1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky31:34:12
2Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:12
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:03
6Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:18
7Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:50
9Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:59
11Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:02:01
15Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:52
16Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:02:56
17Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:30
18Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:03:52
19Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:17
20Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:04:32
21Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:38
23Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:05:20
  • 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
Peter Sagan is currently 4th on GC. He finished in the Top 4 in six out of the seven road stages. His team finished 4th on the TTT. It is lucky #4 for Peter this year who has without a doubt been the dominant character of the Tour de France so far.

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
BMC Racing - BMC TM01 Time Trial Bike - bike reviews:
Pinarello Bolide Team Sky TDF.  Photo via Team SKY website gallery of photos Stage 9.
Team SKY - Pinarello Bolide  - bike reviews:

Movistar team rides Canyon bikes.  Photo via Team SKY website gallery of photos Stage 9.
Movistar - Canyon Speedmax - bike reviews:
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
Other posts by Pedal Dancer on the 2015 Tour de France: