Tour de France 2013, Stage 9: Route, TV schedule and more

Doug Pensinger

The ninth stage of the Tour de France will get underway early Saturday morning. We have the details as well as information about where to watch.

The Tour de France will wrap up the Pyrenees section of the tour with a series of peaks and valleys, culminating in a long descent to the finish line in Bagneres-de-Bigorre on Sunday.

Stage 9 begins with a Category 2 climb and four Category 1 climbs. They are all quickly followed by big descents, making for a classic "roller coaster"-style stage. The entire stage is about 168 kilometers long.

SBN's cycling blog Podium Cafe believes that this stage won't be full of as much drama as Saturday's, however, as Chris Fontecchio expects Team Sky to continue taking control of the race:

More likely, Sky will want to ride hard and keep everyone in line, minimizing the chance of other teams' tactics coming into play. A stage like this with a long descent could be extremely exciting, but only if Sky allow that, and Sky will be heavily invested in keeping this stage, and this Tour, as boring as possible.

The map for Stage 9 is included below:

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The stage is set to begin at 5:20 a.m. ET, according to Steephill.tv. US television coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and online coverage will be provided by Tour de France Live (although it requires a fee).

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