Col de la Madeleine and other obstacles

Stage 9 Morzine-Avoriaz – St-Jean-de-Maurienne
The mountains kick in with a vengeance today, with the haute categorie Col de la Madeleine coming after three other major climbs, followed by a swift downhill run to the finish town.

With a broad grin from his perfect teeth, Dutchman Michael Boogerd took an epic stage win at La Plagne in 2002 after 127km of solo riding. The Rabobank rider attacked on the descent of the Galibier, shook off his pursuers on the Madeleine and crossed the line alone for his second stage victory of that year’s race.

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