Anthony Turgis roars in celebration on winning stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France.

TdF stage 9 report: Anthony Turgis sprints to victory from the break on thriller gravel stage

It was touch and go for the breakaway as the GC favourites enjoyed their own fireworks, but Turgis was finally able to get his win, and a third for France.

Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) wins stage 9 of the 2024 Tour de France. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 07.07.2024 Photography by
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The long-anticipated gravel stage around Troyes was exactly the spectacle that was hoped for as two races unfolded over the chemin blanc, the white roads, that wound through the Champagne vineyards.

There was a great deal of action in the peloton as Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) couldn’t help themselves over the aggressive terrain, but the day belonged to the breakaway in the end, and Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) was the final victor, rejoicing at his first Grand Tour stage win – he’s also the third Frenchman to raise his arms at this Tour.

The first of 14 gravel sectors was a baptism of fire.
Waiting, waiting, waiting … there’s the group!
Evenepoel demonstrates a popular hand signal.

Stage 9 top 10


GC after stage 9


Quotes of the day

I held on, I was cracking, I came back … it was a long, long day. I had ‘carte blanche’ from the team to leave my leader Stef Cras … I dedicate this to all those who’ve trusted me and followed.”

Anthony Turgis said in his winner’s interview.

It was a pity Jonas didn’t work with us because the race could have been over, we could have taken 3-4 minutes. It’s their tactics, we can’t do anything about it … a good day, I had fun, I proved I can ride on the white roads.”

Remco Evenepoel said post-stage.

Pogačar said in advance that it would be a lot of drama for little [gain], but it turned out to be a great race.”

Tim Wellens of UAE Team Emirates said following stage 9.

Brief analysis

European champ Christophe Laporte and Matteo Jorgenson were Vingegaard’s most valuable bodyguards on the gravel stage.

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