BMC Racing wins Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 TTT

Cover: BMC Racing Team, Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 TTT
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


BMC Racing Team won the 28km stage 9 team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec by 1 second over Team Sky and 4 seconds faster than Movistar.

We definitely had to rail the corners and make sure we stayed together outside of them. On the climbs, we had the stronger guys pulling longer. And we had to finish with five guys. Rohan Dennis was really the key element to the team. He’s got a motor.”
Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing Team

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Team Sky, Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 TTT Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

There was an incredible crowd today. It was a brilliant atmosphere but it hurt to lose by under a second. It’s a shame on that last climb we were sort of spread out. But we’ve taken time on most of our big rivals.

That was a brutal team time trial. I can tell you that after five kilometres it was absolute agony. The Tour’s a long way from over. We’ve got another two weeks. The mountains are coming up now but I think we’ve shown we’re more than ready to have a good crack at it.”
Chris Froome, Team Sky

The result leaves the yellow jersey on Chris Froome’s shoulders as the race heads into the first rest day on Monday with Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) now sitting in 2nd place in the general classification and Greg Van Avermaet  (BMC Racing Team) in third. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) fell to 4th place after starting the day 2nd in the overall.

Tinkoff-Saxo, Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 TTT
Tinkoff-Saxo, Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 TTT Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

For me, today’s result was not as important, as it was for Alberto but I had hoped that we would have done a bit better. We lost 28 seconds, which is significant but not very bad. We have to look forward, tomorrow is the rest day and then we will start to focus on what we can do in the next part of Tour de France. For me the tempo was okay, we started out at full speed and kept the intensity high to the finish. For sure, this result is not a step in the right direction for the team’s and Alberto’s chances but the Tour is still long and we are all here to fight for the yellow jersey.

I’m happy for the rest day, but the rest day always feels very short. So we will use the time to recover and to plan how we can regain time. Overall I’m happy with the first nine days, it has been a very interesting Tour de France so far. I would have been happy for a stage win, but there are more chances later on in the race.”
Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

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Movistar Team, Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 results

  1. BMC Racing Team 32:15
  2. Team Sky + :01
  3. Movistar + :04
  4. Tinkoff-Saxo + :28
  5. Astana Pro Team + :35
  6. IAM Cycling + :38
  7. Etixx – QuickStep + :45
  8. Lampre-Merica + :48
  9. LottoNL – Jumbo + 1:14
  10. AG2R La Mondiale + 1:24
  11. Trek Factory Racing + 1:25
  12. Cannondale – Garmin +1:29
  13. Bora – Argon 18 +1:31
  14. FDJ +1:33
  15. Lotto Soudal + 1:36
  16. Giant-Alpecin + 1:37
  17. Team Europcar + 1:42
  18. Bretagne-Séché Environnement + 1:46
  19. Team Katusha +1:53
  20. MTN Qhubeka + 1:56
  21. Cofidis Solutions Credits +2:32
  22. Orica GreenEDGE + 4:58
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FDJ, Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 TTT Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 9

  1. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 31h 34′ 12″
  2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 24″ +:12
  3. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 31h 34′ 39″ + :27
  4. Peter  Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 34′ 50″ + :38
  5. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAXO 31h 35 ’15” + 1:03
  6. Rigoberto Uran (COL) #118
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 35′ 30″+ 1:08
  7. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #59
    MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36′ 02″ + 1:50
  8. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 31h 36 ’04’ ‘ + 1:52
  9. Nairo Quintana (COL) #51
    MOVISTAR TEAM 31h 36 ’11” + 1:59
  10. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 31h 36 ’11’ ‘ + 1:59
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Etixx-QuickStep, Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 TTT Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 9

Yellow (Overall leader): Chris Froome, Team Sky
Green (Points):Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo
Polka-dot (KOM): Daniel Teklehaimanot, MTN Qhubeka
White (Best Young Rider): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo
– Worn by Nairo Quintana, Movistar

Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015 Steg 9 TTT
Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015 Steg 9 TTT Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Stage 9
Team Time Trial
Date: 12 July, 2015
Start:  Vannes
Finish: Plumelec
Distance: 28 km


Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 route map

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 profile

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 climbs

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 9 last km

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Maps courtesy of Le Tour de France / © A.S.O.