Ben O’Connor wins Tour de France stage and takes second in overall lead

Ben O’Connor wins Tour de France stage and takes second in overall lead

Phase winner Team AG2R Citroens Ben OConnor of Australia celebrates as he crosses the goal at the end of the 9th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France biking race, 144 km between Cluses and Tignes, on July 04, 2021. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ/ AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP through Getty Images).
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Ben OConnor from Western Australia stunned riders and fans, managing to leave behind seasoned climbers and win Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday 4 July.
Ben OConnor won Stage 9 on Sunday 4 July and went up to second place in general in the defend the yellow jersey.

Mattia Cattaneo and Sonny Colbrelli finished 5 minutes after OConnor in third and second on the stage.
Mark Cavendish maintains the green jersey for the sprint points lead, Quintana took the lead on the King of the Mountains category and polka dot jersey and Pogacar likewise still holds the white jersey for the finest young rider.
Monday 5 July will be a rest day for the riders before Stage 10 on Tuesday 6 July.

OConnor found himself at 14th location in general after Stage 8 and managed to get in the breakaway and eventually leave behind both Nairo Quintana and Sergio Higuita on the final climb to win the stage.
With other riders falling numerous minutes behind, OConnor managed to move up to 3rd place in general and after that very first place while in the breakaway.
Tadej Pogacar handled to limit the damage in the last couple of kilometers, reclaiming some time overall from OConnor and guaranteeing he maintained the yellow jersey and the lead while OConnor wound up in second.
Rigoberto Uran handled to acquire time and move up into third location in general.
Trip de France visited Mathieu van der Poel to focus on the Tokyo Olympics.
Mathieu van der Poel, who lost the race lead and yellow jersey to Pogacar on Stage 8 did not start Stage 9 from Cluses to Tignes.
Van der Poel just has a couple of weeks prior to the Tokyo Olympics start on 26 July and the Alpecin-Fenix group chose he only had one week to be part of the Tour de France.
He will now train and rest for the Olympics and will go back to the Tour next year.
Ben OConnor shocks the overall standings.
OConnor was likewise offered the most combative title for the stage.