Stage 9 figures to be one of the first potentially decisive days in the general classification competition. Tejay van Garderen has a real shot to take the Maillot Jaune from Chris Froome in the team trial. BMC are the favorites to win, although Froome and Sky have the firepower to mount a stiff defense.
In fact, all of the final podium contenders should be in good shape. Nairo Quintana with Movistar, Vincenzo Nibali with Movistar and Alberto Contador with Tinkoff-Saxo are all about as well-supported as anyone could reasonably wish for. The riders on those teams should move up the general classification standings. Everyone else may take a step back, so those expecting a Thibaut Pinot revival will likely be disappointed.
The course itself is a gentle up-and-down affair running 28 kilometers from Vannes to Plumelec. There are few surprises, and no climbs that a strong rider can't handle. The relatively short distance should make the racing frenetic and fun.
Coverage will begin at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra app will carry coverage for mobile users. Live streaming from computers is limited to NBC's Tour de France web package, which is available for a fee.
Coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET. on NBC
Announcers: Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen
Mobile: NBC Sports Live Extra app with an appropriate cable subscription
Computer: NBC's Tour de France web package is available for a fee