Tour de France 2014, Stage 9: Route, TV schedule and more

Bryn Lennon

The ninth stage of the 2014 Tour de France is set for Sunday with six ascents, including three stage three climbs.

Stage 8 may not have included the same type of spectacularly close finish as Stage 7, but it did mark the first stage victory by a Frenchman so far in 2014, with Blel Kadri taking the stage in three hours, 49 minutes and 29 seconds to put himself in eighth place overall.

Sunday's Stage 9 run -- the second of three in the Vosges mountains -- will be significantly more difficult, starting with a stage two climb in Gerardmer, followed by two stage three climbs, another stage two climb, and a stage one climb followed immediately by a final stage three climb before a rapid decline into Mulhouse to finish the stage. With former two-time champion Alberto Contador positioning himself for a major move yesterday, Sunday may just be his time to finally push past overall leader -- Italy's Vincenzo Nibali -- before Monday's excruciating finish up the mountains.

Here's a look at the route, via the Tour's website:

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And here's a look at the six ascents the cyclists Sunday will face in preparation for Monday's seven-peak stage:

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The Tour will be broadcast on NBCSN at 8 a.m. ET, and be replayed at 12:00 p.m, 3 p.m., 8 p.m and midnight.

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