July 13, 2008
Stage 9 preview
Today's the first taste of the Tour's big climbs, as the race reaches the Pyrenees, with two 1st Category climbs in the day's final 60 kilometers. The finish is a downhil run into Bagnères de Bigorre.
The big climbs will definitely thin out the field, but that finishing descent will give chasers a good chance to bring time on the leader(s) over the Col d'Aspin, the 2nd big climb.
Current jersey leaders:
Kim Kirchen, Columbia
Oscar Freire, Rabobank
Thomas Lövkvist, Columbia
David de la Fuente, Saunier Duval
On Versus, Craig Hummer continues to lead the commentator pick contest. Today, Sherwen takes Fränk Schleck, Liggett takes Samuel Sanchez, Roll takes Kim Kirchen, and Hummer takes Valverde.
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