Stage 9: Jungels resists Pinot’s comeback and wins one – Tour de France

Bob Jungels had the last word. This Sunday, the Luxembourger, resident of the AG2R-Citroën formation, knew very well how to withstand the comeback of Frenchman Thibaut Pinault (Groupama-FDJ) to single-handedly win the ninth stage of this 2022 edition of the Tour de France. The 192.9 kilometer stage ran between Aigle in Switzerland and Chatel-le-Port du Soleil in Haute-Savoie. Initially, the 165-strong peloton was amputated by three new entrants, including Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), who tested positive for Covid. As usual, the first attacks did not take long. Due to the particularly high speed of the peloton, the escapees took time before they really took off. During the first difficulty of the day, namely the Bellevue Coast (category four), 4.4 kilometers long with an average gradient of 4%, the peloton was still grouped. At kilometer 44, a large group formed. Initially, it consisted of fifteen runners, later they were joined by six more men who went on a counterattack.

Van Aert strengthens his green jersey

The split occurred at the 53rd kilometer, and then McNulty (UAE Emirates), Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Castroviejo (Ineos Grenadiers), Cosnefroy, Jungels (AG2R-Citroën), Conrad, Pollitt (Bora- Hansgrohe), Verona (Movistar), Geschke, Izagirre (Cofidis), Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious), Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Goosens (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Dombrowski (Astana), Uran (EF Education-Easypost), the most threatening in the general classification, with sixteenth place 3’24” from the leader, Bargil (Arkea-Samsic), Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Latour (TotalEnergies), Niv, Hole (Israel Premier Tech) and Bonnamour (B&B- KTM) . Van Aert then took the opportunity to seal his green jersey as the top sprinter, picking up 20 extra points after leading the intermediate sprint at Samsale at 56.5 kilometers. The lag behind the peloton was never more than 3’20”. The leaders were still together on the climb of the Col des Mosses (category two), 13.4 kilometers long with an average gradient of 4.1%, then on the climb of the Col de la Croix (category one), 8.1 kilometers long with with an average gradient of 7.6%. It was on this final climb that the group began to lose elements as Latour attacked 3.5 kilometers from the summit. Jüngels then tried his luck, followed by Geschke in the lead at the top and guaranteed to wear the top climber’s polka dot jersey at the finish.

Pino believed in it until the end

During the descent, the Luxembourger was left alone to then tackle the final challenge of the day, the Pas de Morgins (category one), a 15.4 kilometer climb with an average gradient of 6.1%. For a lead of up to 2’20” on the opposing group, which still consists of thirteen men. Skimming also took place in the yellow jersey group, and Daniel Martinez (Ineos Grenadiers), tenth overall, was even eliminated, as was Oleksandr Vlasov, leader of Bora-Hansgrohe. The favorite group eventually caught up with the nay group, even as Pinault tried to resist. A chase that almost ended, but the Habs never managed to make up the twenty seconds they still had on the Jungels. The resident of the AG2R-Citroën formation obviously did not wait for him, too impatiently went to raise his arms at the finish line. This is his first stage victory at Grand Boucle. The first Luxembourger in the Tour de France since Andy Schleck, the 2011 winner of the Col du Galibier. As for Pinot, adjudged the fighter of the day, he was overtaken in the final meters by Jonathan Castroviejo and Carlos Verona and settled for fourth place on the day. Fifth place went to Tadej Pogakar in the yellow jersey, who finished quickly to overtake Jonas Wingegaard and gain three small seconds from his other direct pursuers in the general classification, such as third-placed Geraint Thomas. CYCLING / TOUR DE FRANCE 2022Stage 9 – Aigle (Switzerland) – Chatel-Le-Porte du Soleil (192.9 km) – Sunday 10 July 20221- Bob Jungels (LUX/AG2R Citroën) in 4h46’39”2- Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain / Ineos Grenaders) by 22 inches3- Carlos Verona (Spain/Movistar) on 26 inches4- Thibaut Pinault (FRA/Groupama-FDJ) on 40 inches5- Tadej Pohachar (SLO/UAE Team Emirates) at 49 inches6- Jonas Wingehor (DAN/Jumbo-Visma) mt7- Geraint Thomas (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) at 52 inches8- Adam Yates (GBR/Ineos Grenadiers) mt9- Enrique Mas (Spain/Movistar) mt10- Nairo Quintana (COL/Arkéa-Samsic) mtYellow shirt General classification after 9 stages (out of 21)1- Tadej Pohakar (SLO/UAE Team Emirates) at 33:43’44”2- Jonas Wingegaard (DAN/Jumbo-Visma) on 39 inches3- Geraint Thomas (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) by 1’17”4- Adam Yates (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) by 1’25”5- David Gaudu (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) at 1’38”6- Romain Bardet (FRA/DSM) at 1’39”7- Tom Pidcock (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) at 1’46”8- Enrique Mas (Spain/Movistar) by 1’50”.9- Nielson Powless (USA/EF Education-EasyPost) at 1’55”10- Nairo Quintana (COL / Arkéa-Samsic) by 2’13”

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