Stage nine takes this Tour de France into the mountains and this final race before Monday’s rest day could set up another battle between the big stars in the general classification.
The majority of this 193km route is in Switzerland, starting in Aigle where an immediate category four climb (Côte de Bellevue, 4.3km at 4% gradient) provides a platform for training the escape.
After an intermediate sprint comes the category two Col des Mosse (13.3 km, 4.1%) and the familiar category one Col de la Croix (8.1 km, 7.6%) which serves as a long and fast descent to the French border.
Once back in France, the peloton tackles the category 1 Pas de Morgins (15.4km, 6.1%), a long climb with a plateau summit, before a further descent and a short climb towards the finish in Chatel les Portes du Soleil.
The breakaway could be allowed to race to the finish, providing opportunities for riders who have already dropped in the GC standings. But there will likely be a battle once again between the heavy hitters, and it could be Round 2 for Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard after the Man in Yellow Pogacar took victory atop La Planche des Belles Girls Friday.
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Stage 9 start time
The stage is expected to start around 11.45pm BST with an expected finish around 4.45pm BST.
How to watch on TV and online today
Tour de France coverage is available this year on ITV4, Eurosport, Discovery+ and GCN+ (Global Cycling Network).
Live races each day will be shown on ITV4 before highlights usually at 7pm each day. The ITV website lists the times here.
Eurosport and GCN+ will show every minute of every stage. More Eurosport coverage here and GCN+ coverage here.
It’s also streaming on Eurosport’s Discovery+ streaming service, with streaming info here.