2024 Tour de France

Tour de France 2024 Stage 9 Preview: Gravel To Present New Challenge

Tour de France 2024 Stage 9 Preview: Gravel To Present New Challenge

Biniam Girmay has been the headliner at the 2024 TDF with two stage wins, but the terrain may take the spotlight in Stage 9, as gravel comes into play.

Jul 6, 2024 by Matt Cannizzaro
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Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2024 will introduce a new element to the 173 riders remaining in contention - gravel.

Two-time TDF champion Tadej Pogacar will wear the yellow jersey into what is expected to be a challenging and memorable trek across Troyes, France, and he'll aim to build on his 33-second lead over Tour de France rookie Remco Evenepoel, with the race heads into its first rest day.

Two-time defending champion Jonas Vingegaard is third, Primoz Roglic is fourth and Juan Ayuso rounds out the top 5 through eight of the event's 21 stages.

Proudly basking in the spotlight of the opening week of the Tour de France 2024, however, has been Eritrea's Biniam Girmay, who became the first Black rider in history to win a stage of the TDF when he claimed Stage 3, and he added to his growing legacy with another win Saturday in Stage 8. 

Girmay is the first rider in the 2024 race to win two stages.

FloBikes coverage of Stage 9 will begin at 7:05 a.m. Eastern and is expected to conclude around 12:30 p.m. EDT. It will be the final stage before the first rest day.

Here’s what to know about Stage 9 of the Tour de France, which will include 35 challenging kilometers on gravel:

How To Watch The Tour de France 2024 Stage 9 

In Canada, the Tour de France is streaming live on FloBikes and the FloSports app.

In the United States, the NBC family of networks and the streaming service Peacock are broadcasting the race. 

FloBikes and the FloSports app are home to race highlights, stage breakdowns and more breaking news. 

Stage 9 Tour de France 2024

Stage 9 of the Tour de France is a hilly journey that introduces the challenge of gravel to the 2024 race, 14 sections totaling about 35 of the stage's 199 kilometers through the Champagne region of France. 

This stage is expected to be one of the highlights of this year's race

Along with dust roads and rolling hills, the riders will be challenged by some uphill action, including four Category 4 climbs. Given the conditions, punctures and mechanical issues definitely could be an issue.

Despite the distance, Stage 9 will start and finish in the commune of Troyes, which has hosted stages of the Tour de France on 16 previous occasions. 

The race most recently rolled through Troyes, located along the Seine Rivers, about 140 kilometers southeast of Paris, in 2017, seeing the end of Stage 6 and the start of Stage 7. 

Germany's Marcel Kittel won both stages, two of the five he won during the 2017 TDF, which he did not finish. He completed 16 stages and received a DNF on Stage 17. He was leading the green jersey standings at the time and suffered a shoulder injury during a crash the 17th stage.

Prior to turning professional, Kittel was known for his success in time trials, but once he turned pro, he made a name for himself as a sprinter.

He finished his career with 14 stage wins at the TDF, wining them across four events (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017).

During Stage 20 of the 1960 race, the peloton stopped briefly to greet the president of France, Charles de Gaulle, who lived near the route. Eventual stage winner, Pierre Beuffeuil, was minutes behind due to a tire repair. He didn't know about the planned stop, and upon reaching the group, he rode on and ultimately claimed the victory.

There may not be anything special planned for Stage 9 this year, but it will offer time bonuses to the first three riders across the finish line - 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

199 Kilometers To Miles: How Long Is Stage 9 Of The Tour de France 2024?

Stage 9 of the Tour de France is 199 kilometers, or approximately 124 miles long. 

Tour de France 2024 Stage 9 Profile 

Here is what the elevation looks like for Stage 9: 

Who Won Stage 9 Of The Tour de France in 2023?

Canadian Michael Woods won Stage 9 of the 2023 Tour de France.

By winning the stage, Woods became part of an elite group of Canadian riders to find success at the Tour de France.

Hugo Houle achieved the feat on Stage 16 of the 2022 Tour de France, which made him the first Canadian individual since 1988, and third Canadian overall, to reach the top of the podium at the TDF. Woods joined him a year later.

Steve Bauer broke through for Canada in France by winning the first stage of the 1988 event, while Ryder Hesjedal was part of the Team Garmin – Cervelo squad that won the team time trial on Stage 2 in 2011.

Houle, along with fellow Canadians Guillaume Boivin and Derek Gee is competing in the 2024 Tour de France, but Woods is sitting out this year's race.

TDF Results: Here's Who Has Won Each Stage So Far

Tour de France 2024 Route Map

Here is the map for this year's Tour de France:

Here are a few more things to know about the Tour de France:

How To Watch Tour de France 2024 In The United States 

A live broadcast of the 2024 Tour de France will be available on Peacock for those watching from the United States. 

Peacock is the exclusive home of the event in the United States through 2029, with start-to-finish coverage of every stage, though select stages also will air on NBC.

How To Watch Tour de France 2024 In Canada 

FloBikes will provide a live broadcast for Canadian audiences.

Viewers in Canada will be able to watch all 21 stages of the Tour de France 2024 live on FloBikes and the FloSports app.

FloBikes also will provide updates, highlights and behind-the-scenes coverage throughout the entire event for all Flo subscribers. 

On What Channel Is The Tour de France 2024? 

The Tour de France will be on the NBC network and will stream daily in the United States on Peacock. The entire race will be broadcast on NBC's channels and USA Network. 

Tour de France Teams For 2024

There will be 22 teams and up to 176 competitors in this year’s Tour de France:


  • Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team
  • Alpecin - Deceuninck
  • Arkéa - B&B Hotels
  • Astana Qazaqstan Team
  • Bahrain - Victorious
  • BORA - hansgrohe
  • Cofidis
  • EF Education - EasyPost
  • Groupama - FDJ
  • INEOS Grenadiers
  • Intermarché - Wanty
  • Team Visma | Lease a Bike
  • Lidl - Trek
  • Movistar Team
  • Soudal Quick-Step
  • Team dsm-firmenich PostNL
  • Team Jayco AlUla
  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Israel - Premier Tech
  • Lotto Dstny
  • Uno-X Mobility
  • TotalEnergies

When Does The Tour de France 2024 Start?

The Tour de France is a 21-stage event.

The 2024 edition will begin in Florence, Italy, on June 29 and conclude in Nice, France, on July 21. 

Every day, the cyclists start together to complete the stage of a race. Every stage varies in distance and physical demand. 

What Is The Schedule For The Tour de France 2024?

Here is the complete schedule for the 2024 Tour de France.

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