Rigoberto Uran wins in photo finish as Froome keeps lead on dramatic Tour de France stage nine
Uran beat Warren Barguil on the line in Chambéry after a brutal and dramatic day in the mountains on Tour de France stage nine
Chris Froome (Team Sky) held onto the overall lead of the 2017 Tour de France as Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) pipped Warren Barguil (Sunweb) to victory on a dramatic ninth stage in the mountains.
Barguil though he had beaten Uran to the line in a reduced sprint among climbers including Froome, Fabio Aru, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), but the photo finish showed Colombian Uran had taken it by a tyre.
It’ll come as a bitter blow to Frenchman Barguil, who found himself among the GC contenders having been in the breakaway all day on the 181.5km stage that took in seven categorised climbs.
He had gone solo over the final climb of Mont du Chat before being caught on the flat towards Chambéry by his countryman Bardet, but in the end the final group came together to fight it out for the stage win in the sprint.
Uran had suffered gear problems in the final 20km, but was able to lead the sprint towards the line, with Barguil rushing up to his right hand side.
The Cannondale man was able to hold his speed enough and his bike throw was good enough to pip Barguil to the victory, with Barguil initially thinking he had taken it.
Froome was able to take third in the sprint to grab four bonus seconds on the line and extend his overall lead.
However, thoughts will certainly be with Australian Richie Porte (BMC) after he suffered a horrific crash on the final descent from Mont du Chat and was taken away in an ambulance.
Dan Martin (Quick-Step) lost time after being caught up in the Richie Porte crash, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished with him having been dropped by Froome’s accelerations over the top of Mont du Chat, losing 1-15 to the yellow jersey.
Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) lost even more time after cracking on the final climb, and looks to have dropped out of contention for the overall.
Tour de France 2017, stage nine: Nantua to Chambéry (181.5km)
1 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac, in 5-07-22
2 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team, all same time
7 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, at 1-15
8 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky
9 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team, all same time
General classification after stage nine
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky, in 38-26-28
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team, at 18s
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, at 51s
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac, at 55s
5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team, at 1-37
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors, at 1-44
7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott, at 2-02
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team, at 2-13
9 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky , at 3-06
10 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, at 3-53