Stage 9 of the Tour de France was a classic Pyrenean course featuring five steep mountain passes over 168.5 kilometers. Garmin's Dan Martin took the stage win in 4:43:03. Chris Froome of Team Sky had a challenging day in the yellow jersey riding in front of his teammates for much of the stage with Movistar Team riders.
“It was one of the hardest days I’ve ever had on a bike but I’m happy to still be in the yellow jersey,” Froome tod Cycling News. “Credit is due to the Movistar team who really did a good race and put me under pressure. It was hard to be alone there.”
Movistar Team's GC, Alejandro Valverde, averaged 262 watts through the Pyrenees with an average cadence of 72rpm. He climbed just under 3,800 meters with an average speed of 35.3kph, requiring 4,300 kilocalories.
Valverde's Movistar Team currently leads the Team Classification
|AVG Power||262 watts|
|AVG Heart rate||not available|
|AVG Speed||35.27 kph|
|AVG Cadence||72 rpm|
|ALT Gain||3,793 meters|
Valverde and Nairo Quintana went on the offensive in the final climb, the Hourquette d’Ancizan. Valverde averaged 323.4 watts up the ascent with several power peaks between 600-800 watts.
Movistar Team racing with SRM Campagnolo Training System