July 10, 2005
Stage 9 profile
Stage 9 travels from yesterday's finish town of Gérardmer to Mulhouse. Three early 3rd Category climbs set up the 2nd Category La Grand Ballon, a 20-kilometer climb to 1338 meters. Another 3rd Category climb, the Col de Bussang, is followed by the Tour's first 1st Category climb, Le Ballon d'Alsace, and a 56-kilometer descent and run-in to Mulhouse.
Should be a good chance to see whether yesterday's "Discovery crisis" was really a crisis at all.
There are three intermediate sprints; with Tom Boonen complaining of back problems, we may see Thor Hushovd try to gain ground in the green jersey competition.
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