Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and the rest of the peloton were in for a hard day in the Jura mountains on stage 9 of Tour de France. Today’s stage started out with two categorized climbs within the opening 16 km. A strong group of riders quickly got away and opened up a big gap on the peloton, which seemed to be content with the situation. As the front group crowned the fifth of the day’s seven categorized climbs, the pack was nearly six minutes down. However, on the following 50 km, the distance shortened rapidly and at the bottom of the final climb, only.
Serge Pauwels put in an impressive performance on stage 8, being on the attack the whole day. Here is how the day looked through the lens of Scott Mitchell..