Stage 9: Aigle to Châtel Les Portes du Soleil

Date: July 10, 2022

Distance: 192.9km

Stage timing: 12:30 – 17:15 CEST

Stage type: Mountain

The second day of racing for the 2022 Tour de France in Switzerland promises to be by far harder than the first, with the 15.4km Pas des Morgins climb ending just 20km from the finish in Châtel. 

It will surely be far too hard for a super puncheur sprinter like Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and far more suited a breakaway of talented and hungry climbers or perhaps even offer another showdown between Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and his overall rivals.    

Pogačar lost UAE Team Emirates teammate Vegard Stake Laegen due to COVID-19 on Saturday morning but gained another four seconds with his third place in the Lasusanne sprint.

He now leads Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) by 39 seconds, with Geraint Thomas at 1:14 and the rest of the top ten spread over two minutes. Pogačar has not yet done enough to secure overall victory but he is clearly in charge and in yellow, with no one so far able to better him on any terrain.

Stage 9 from Aigle to Châtel via 192.9km loops into the Swiss mountains and will be a new test for Pogačar and his six remaining teammates. He will likely prevail and perhaps even domninaste yet again but it will be fascinating to see if any chinks appear in his armour.

Most of the stage takes place in Switzerland, visiting the UCI headquarters and the World Cycling centre on the way out of Aigle and then visiting further

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