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Tour de France 2022 stage 9 preview – A true mountain test in Switzerland

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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4 Weekend Trip Ideas Around Southeast Asia for July

With the long-awaited reopening of several of our neighbouring countries, we can’t wait to spend our weekends away at these hideaways. Here are 4 destinations in Southeast Asia to bookmark for the most rewarding weekend trips abroad this July.

From the sea to the mountains, there are answers to all your getaway desires nearby. Coming in the theme of a nature-loving vacation, this month’s weekend trip ideas will take you to some of the best luxury hotels on the hilltops and sandy beaches.

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4 Weekend Trip Ideas for July 2022

Amanjiwo, Java, Indonesia

The emerald-green landscape of Java, Indonesia sets the perfect background for Amanjiwo. With lush plains and the azure sea extending beyond the horizon, the views at this ultimate sanctuary are enhanced with the presence of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cascading down the hills, Amanjiwo’s suites are distinctly decorated with outdoor baths, private pools, terrace, pavilions and romantic large four-pillar beds.

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Soneva Jani, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

Known worldwide as an ocean paradise, the Maldives has numerous luxury resorts on the list for you to choose from. Amongst them, Soneva Jani stands out as one of the world’s lowest density resorts. The exclusive property diverges into Chapter One and the more spacious Chapter Two, on which sea-hovering villas with slides and on-land mansion are scattered. Several water activities, like water sports and dolphin cruises, as well as beachside events, like the Private Cinema Paradiso and North Beach Private Sunrise Breakfast, will keep you busy the whole trip.

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Rosewood Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang

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