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Stage nine

Date: Monday July 9

Start: Arc-et-Senans

Finish:
Besançon

Length: 41.5km

Type: Flat, individual time trial

We’ve had a couple of testing mountains, a hill-top finish and a day of ups and downs. And now this, a 25-mile time trial.

There’s no getting away from it, time trials are crucial in every Tour, and this one will be no different.

The good news from the point of view of the weaker riders is that it’s ‘only’ 41km and time gaps shouldn’t be too bad. It’s up and down on draggy, narrow open roads, so if it rains, it could get ugly.

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