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Stage Nine of the 2018 Tour de France will see the peloton battling to not be hobbled by the cobbles.
There are 15 separate sections of stones making up almost 22km of the 156.5km stage between Arras and Roubaix.
While there are not any categorized climbs on Sunday, it’s a hilly profile that undulates all the way in which to the Belgian border.
Dylan Groenewegen will probably be going for a hat-trick of stage wins after successful the bunch sprints into Chartres and Amiens.
Tour de France 2018: Stage 9
Profile: Beware the chaos of the cobbles. 21.7km of it, to be exact, cut up over 15 sections between Arras and Roubaix.
How to watch and start time
The motion will probably be dwell on SuperSport 5 from 12:25 and ought to end at round 16:30. If you don’t have a Dstv subscription, you possibly can comply with Le Tour’s YouTube channel for all of the highlights.
What occurred on Stage 8
Dylan Groenewegen made it two from two as he gained the Bastille Day dash into Amiens within the Tour de France.
The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider got here good in a four-way sprint for the road inside the ultimate 200 metres.
He noticed off the inexperienced jersey of Peter Sagan, Andre Greipel and Fernando Gaviria.
Philippe Gilbert launched a significant assault off the entrance with 3km to go.
But the Belgian ran out of puff as the true dash battle kicked off within the last 1000m.
There was extra disappointment for Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish, who was nowhere to be seen once more within the last reckoning for the South African team.
Dan Martin was the largest loser of the day after a crash in direction of the again of the peloton with 15km to journey.
The Irishman, who was a stage winner earlier within the week, appeared badly bashed up as he and a dozen or so others had to haul their method again to the pack.
Julian Alaphilippe, Tony Martin and King of The Mountains chief Toms Skuijns additionally hit the asphalt out in open nation.
The group misplaced over a minute to the day’s winner.
Fabien Grellier and Marco Minnaard fashioned the two-man breakaway early doorways, with the Frenchman particularly trying to make an impression on his nationwide day.
The pair had been left to their very own units by the peloton till effectively contained in the final 50km.
The yellow jersey of Greg van Avermaet was additionally boosted alongside the way in which by a one second time bonus, taking him seven seconds away from Geraint Thomas within the general standings.