Tour De France Stage 9 Arc-Et-Senans - Bresancon

10/07/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

Stage 9  Arc-et-Senans – Besancon  Time  Trial  41.5km

Stage 9 was the individual time trial. They call it the race of truth, because there’s no hiding places. The course was quite a technical one with some tricky corners as well as some fairly steep uphill sections. Some of the riders were riding with a double chainring.

Expectations were high for Bradley Wiggins as everyone who keeps in touch with the sport knows just how hard he has worked in the last few months to prepare for this and the Olympics. He is leaner than he has ever been and it shows with his times. He was to be the last man to leave the start hut because as is tradition the lead rider of the Tour is the last guy to start the time trial.

There were plenty of big names to go before he left. The first of these was a very strong time trial rider by the name of Tony Martin. He went off fine, but 5km into the race he got a puncture. He hasn’t had the best luck lately with this kind of thing. When he crossed the finish line with a time of 53.40 a lot of people were surprised to find out that he’d had to stop.

Eyes were of course on the legend that is Fabian Cancellara. He left the hut like a man meaning business. As the check points came and went he was smashing the times. By the time he crossed the line his time of 52.21 looked like it was unbeatable.

One of the big surprises of the day was Tejay van Garderen, riding for B.M.C  As he went through check point after checkpoint he was stealing the lead from Cancellara. However his pace slowed a fraction towards the end of the course and he came in 9 seconds behind Fabian at 52.30.

 Bradley Wiggins team mate Chris Froome was also riding like a man possessed. He was storming all the way round and was showing no signs of slowing. He had a very impressive final time off 51.59. Meanwhile Cadel Evans was already on the course but he wasn’t looking like a winner. He was down at the check points and it was likely that he would lose a lot of time to Wiggo when he started. Last man out was of coarse Bradley Wiggins, he looked calm and collected in the start hut and when he got the countdown he took off like a rocket.

 I always think he doesn’t look as fast as some of the other riders. I think this maybe because he is such a smooth rider, there doesn’t seem to be any drama with him. This is due in part to all the training, plus I think he has become a naturally gifted time trial rider over time and he says himself he is good at it. As he went round the course he was racking up a fantastic time. At the start of the day he had a ten second lead over Cadel Evans, but this was stretching out the further he went. He was the fastest at every checkpoint and he never looked like he was under that much stress.

 I noticed that he wasn’t wearing any shades, I don’t know why, because at those speeds his eyes must water a bit. I know mine do and I ride a lot slower than he does. It was good to see his expression though and I have to say he looked calm all the way. Finally he crossed the finish line with a time of 51.24. This was his first ever stage wins at the Tour and it increased his overall lead on Evans to 1.53. This was an amazing performance and puts him in a great position. Today is a rest day and it will give the riders a chance to recover before heading into the Alps on Wednesday.








Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky

39hrs 09mins 20secs


Cadel Evans

BMC Racing

+1min 53secs


Chris Froome

Team Sky

+2mins 07secs


Vincenzo Nibali


+2mins 23secs


Denis Menchov


+3mins 02secs


Haimar Zubeldia


+3mins 19secs


Maxime Monfort


+4mins 23secs


TJ Van Garderen

BMC Racing

+5mins 14secs


Jurgen Van Den Broeck


+5mins 20secs


Nicolas Roche

AG2R La Mondiale

+5mins 29secs