Stage 9 results: Sandy Casar wins the bunch sprint after the long descent; Cadel Evans cracks on Col de la Madeleine; Andy Schleck now in Yellow

21 Big Photos from Stage 9sirotti/reuters
Stage 9 results
1   CASAR Sandy (FDJ)                                   5h38'10"  
2   SANCHEZ Luis-Leon (CAISSE D’EPARGNE)                
4   MOREAU Christophe (CAISSE D’EPARGNE)                + 00'02"
8   SANCHEZ Samuel (EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI)                + 00'52"
9   RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin (KATUSHA)                  + 02'07"
10  LEIPHEIMER Levi (RADIOSHACK)                        
11  GESINK Robert (RABOBANK)                            
13  MENCHOV Denis (RABOBANK)                            + 02'10"
14  DE WEERT Kevin (QUICK STEP)                         + 02'50"

General Classification after Stage 9
1  SCHLECK Andy (SAXO BANK)                            43h35'41"  
2  CONTADOR Alberto (ASTANA)                            + 00'41"
3  SANCHEZ Samuel (EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI)                 + 02'45"
4  MENCHOV Denis (RABOBANK)                             + 02'58"
5  VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen (OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO)         + 03'31"
6  LEIPHEIMER Levi (RADIOSHACK)                         + 03'59"
7  GESINK Robert (RABOBANK)                             + 04'22"
8  SANCHEZ Luis-Leon (CAISSE D’EPARGNE)                 + 04'41"
9  RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin (KATUSHA)                   + 05'08"
10 BASSO Ivan (LIQUIGAS-DOIMO)                          + 05'09"
Full Results (Click 'Stage Standing') —
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  Casar wint Alpenrit, Andy Schleck pakt gele trui (some video restricted to Belgium) —
  Schleck Attacks; Evans Cracks on Col de la Madeleine (00:44 english) — versus
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Alberto Contador press release: "We Won Both Of Us"albertocontador
  Last Km (01:47 english) — versus
  Last 3 km (10:59 flemish) — sporza
  Winner's Interview (01:07 french  english-translation) — letour
  Levi Leipheimer Post-Stage 9 (01:30) and   Pre-Stage 9 (02:13) — versus
21 Big Photos from Stage 9sirotti/reuters
  Cadel Evans Post-Stage 9 (00:51 english) — versus
  Stage 9 Highlights narrated by Phil Liggett (05:02) — versus
  Andy Schleck Post-Stage 9 (01:19) — versus
  Lance Armstrong Pre-Stage 9 (01:57) — versus
Graham Watson Photosgrahamwatson
  ITV stage 9 podcast with Matt Rendell and Chris Boardman (10:26) — ITV
  Chris Horner Post-Stage 9 (00:43) — radioshack
Millar shows incredible fighting spirit to make time cutvelonation
  Ultimos kilómetros (03:37 spanish) —
  Highlights and Contador Interview/El Tour es cosa de dos (01:09 spanish) —
  Bjarne Riis Post-Stage 9 (03:00 english) — sbs
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July 12 post: It has been an eventful first eight stages and there is much more too come. After the rest day, we'll have the big alpine stage of this year's Tour going from the stage 8 finish at the Morzine-Avoriaz ski resort to the Rhône-Alpes valley town, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne some 205 km to the south.

Naturally, with any big alpine stage you can expect equally spectacular scenery to go along with exciting race action. Remember the breathtaking helicopter shots of Linus Gerdemann soloing Col de la Colombière, the last climb before the descent into Le-Grand-Bornand on stage 7 in 2007? For this stage, Col de la Colombière will be featured in the first half at km 46.

After the cat 1 Col de la Colombière, we'll have three more serious climbs climaxing with the massive Col de la Madeleine (26 km of 6.2%) before the long descent to the finish in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne which is hosting a stage finish for the first time. Col de la Madeleine is one of the more famous climbs in Tour history, first being used in 1969 and most recently in 2005 (I believe) for a total of 25 times.

A long descending finish is often more entertaining than a mountaintop finish because you get the battle going up before watching the GC contenders flirt with danger on a harrowing drop to the finish. For this stage, after the Col de la Madeleine descent, there is 13 km of mostly flat cycling to the finish where the weaker descenders will have a chance to catch back on.

Samuel Sanchez almost took the first mountain stage before the rest day so we know he's on good form and since he's one of the best descenders in the business, he would seem the logicial choice to win this stage if a break of non-GC contenders doesn't succeed. Rain and cooler temperatures are expected when the racing resumes on Tuesday which could make this stage even more treacherous. — Steve

  Bernard Hinault Previews Stage 9 in english and en français (00:51) —
  Bob Roll Previews Stage 9 (01:31) — versus

Stage 9 climbs
Km 18.5 - Côte de Châtillon - 2.1 km of 3.9% - Category 4
Km 46.0 - Col de la Colombière - 16.5 km of 6.7% - Category 1
Km 71.0 - Col des Aravis - 7.6 km of 5.9% - Category 2
Km 97.0 - Col des Saisies - 14.4 km of 5.1% - Category 1
Km 172.5 - Col de la Madeleine - 25.5 km of 6.2% - Category HC

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