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96th Tour de France - GT

France, July 4-26, 2009

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Stage 9 - Sunday, July 12: Saint-Gaudens - Tarbes, 160km

The Pyrenees conclude with some legendary Tour de France mountain passes, the Col d'Aspin (12km at 6,6 percent) and the Col du Tourmalet (17km at 7,5 percent), where riders will be greeted by the masses. An early breakaway will need good legs to master both of the challenging climbs and hold out until the finish, as there are still some 50 kilometres to cover to Tarbes after the descent of the Tourmalet. Depending on what happens within the group of favourites, this stage could be more nervous than it appears on paper, especially since the riders will be able to rest in Limoges the next day.

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