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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:

Yellow jersey Kim Kirchen, Columbia
Green jersey Oscar Freire, Rabobank
White jersey Thomas Lövkvist, Columbia
Polka-dot jersey 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.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 13, 2008 in 2008 Stage 9 | Permalink

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