Stage 9 | Vielha Val d’Aran to Andorra Arcalis | Tour de France 2016
A torrential rainstorm, with added hail stones the size of marbles, made the final climb to Arcalis in Andorra even more challenging. Tom Dumoulin, the Dutchman who rode so well during the first week of the Giro d’Italia in May, broke clear of a group of riders to win his first Tour de France stage win and add it to victories at the other two of cycling’s grand tours.
And as the rain and hail fell, the overall contenders tested each other, with Chris Froome responding to every question that was posed.
In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the first summit finish of the Tour and the final stage before Monday’s rest day.
Although Froome kept the yellow jersey, there were plenty of small changes to the overall classification. Britain’s Adam Yates moved up to second place, Ireland’s Daniel Martin is now third and Nairo Quintana has risen to fourth. Meanwhile, Alejandro Valverde has slipped to tenth and Tejay Van Garderen and Fabio Aru fell out of the top ten.
Thibaut Pinot is the new leader in the king of the mountains competition, taking the polka-dot jersey from Rafal Majka.
But the Tour is over for Majka’s team-mate, and the former champion Alberto Contador. He has been struggling since crashing on the first stage and has finally been forced out.
In this episode, there is also the daily Pédaleur de Charme award and the latest edition of The Friebos File.
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