Vuelta Stage 9

Stage 9 was an exciting one as expected with constant attacks on the final climb up Port d'Envalira, but every attack was reeled in by the lead pack. As the riders approached the finish line there were still 13 riders together, but a final sprint by Valverde off the tail of Frigo gave Valverde the stage win for Kelme.

Heras lead several of the attacks on the climb, but was unable to shake the Nozal. who even managed to increase his golden jersey lead. Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano didn't look nearly as good, and it was him and Manuel Beltran that were constantly bridging themselves back to the lead pack, eventually losing half a minute at the end.
- Stage 9 Summary (cyclingnews)
- Stage 10 Route Profile

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