11 Jul 2016 - 10:25 AM  UPDATED 11 Jul 2016 - 2:55 PM

 

Richie Porte climbs the standings, Bennett shows his rugby skills in spectator shoulder barge, and Howard goes downhill really, really, really fast. 

Porte (BMC Racing) proved that his race isn't over on the ascent to Arcalis, animating the race with multiple attacks. He crossed the line just behind Chris Froome, clawing back time on all but three of his GC rivals and climbing to 14th overall.

Porte also outclassed BMC's joint team leader Tejay Van Garderen on the climb, with Van Garderen coming in 36 seconds behind Porte.

Porte could still leapfrog a number of riders ahead of him on the general classificatoin. Of the 13 riders ahead of him, only Froome, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Romain Bardet (AG2R) are proven over a three-week race - suggesting that a podium position is well within reach.
Porte's spirits were clearly higher after the stage finish.

“I put some time into some other General Classification guys so it’s a good day. I need to get time back so that’s what I was thinking [when I attacked in the final]," he said. "It would have been nice to get a bit more of a gap but I’m guessing that they’re not just going to let me ride away like that."

Monday 11 Jul 2016

Kiwi George Bennett showed that he can keep up with the best climbers in the world yesterday, finishing 7th on the stage and launching a number of attacks on the final climb.

However, that wasn't the only action the 26-year-old Lotto-Jumbo NL rider saw on the stage - he also clashed with a spectator on the Arcalis climb. While the spectator hit the deck, she was reportedly unharmed.

The clash is the second spectator incident in two days, after Chris Froome lashed out at a spectator on Stage 8.

Alberto Contador wasn't the only retiree on Stage 9: Dimension Data's Mark Renshaw also pulled out early on Stage 9. Cavendish's leadout man withdrew due to an 'illness picked up overnight' according to the team.

Renshaw's absence will not help the resurgent Cavendish's chances in the few sprint stages to come, but there is some uncertainty over whether the Manx sprinter will continue to the end of the Tour, given his stated goal for the year is a gold medal on the track at the Rio Olympics.

Last but not least, Leigh Howard may have set a new speed record for the Tour de France, clocking more than 122km/h chasing back on after a double flat and bike change.

Yes, that's 122km/h. On a bicycle. Here's the proof.