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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.

Jersey check:

Lance Armstrong

Tom Boonen

Mickael Rasmussen

Vladimir Karpets

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.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 10, 2005 in Stage profiles | Permalink

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