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Tour de France stage 9 report: Michael Woods wins big as Pogačar out-punches Vingegaard

The Puy de Dôme set the stage for a dramatic breakaway victory, and a GC punch-up with Tadej Pogačar snatching back 8 seconds on yellow.

Michael Woods overhauled Matteo Jorgenson in the final 500 meters to take a career-first Tour de France stage win. Photo © Gruber Images

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 09.07.2023 Photography by
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The Tour de France made a triumphant return to the Puy de Dôme and its brutal upper slopes on stage 9. It was a race of two halves with the day going the way of the breakaway, but all eyes were on the GC favourites as they hit the iconic finale.

Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) came agonisingly close to victory after almost 50 km solo, but he was caught and passed by a triumphant Michael Woods (Israel-Premier Tech) in the last 500 metres, the Canadian riding away to take a long-awaited first Tour de France stage win of his career.

On the same roads that pitted Poulidor against Anquetil in 1964, there was the inevitable boxing match between yellow jersey Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar, though not until the last 2 km. Vingegaard’s team laid down the gauntlet, as is their way, but it was Pogačar who capitalised in the end, accelerating hard and keeping the pressure on until his rival lost grip on his wheel. The race lead stays with Vingegaard, but by an eight-second slimmer margin – the momentum is firmly with Pogačar.

How it happened:

Brief results:

  1. Michael Woods (Israel-Premier Tech) 4:19:41
  2. Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) @ :28
  3. Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious) @ :35
  4. Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) @ :36
  5. Clément Berthet (AG2R Citroën) @ :55

General classification:

  1. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) 38:37:46
  2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) @ :17
  3. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) @ 2:40
  4. Carlos Rodríguez (Ineos Grenadiers) @ 4:22
  5. Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) @ 4:39
It was another very very hot day at the 2023 Tour.

Brief analysis

Pogačar’s effort slowly burned Vingegaard off the wheel, although the gap wasn’t nearly as large as on stage 6. Photo © Gruber Images

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L’Équipe recreated an iconic image of Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor in anticipation of the Tour’s return to the Puy de Dôme, last used in 1988.

Speaking of Poulidor, Mathieu van der Poel and his team paid tribute to his late grandfather with an impressive frame paint job and a special kit with details reminiscent of Poulidor’s Mercier colours. The organisers also had plans to commemorate the day.

Frederik Frison showed off an entertaining talent at this morning’s team presentation…

A pretty good finale to the last stage before the first rest day.

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