Tour de France 2017: Yellow jersey update after Stage 9

Stage 9 of the 2017 Tour de France has now subsided, so we take a look at who’s wearing the yellow jersey and how things are shaking out.

We’re nearing the halfway point of the 2017 Tour de France and things are taking shape in terms of the overall race. Stage 9 was completed on Sunday, July 9, going from Nantua to Chambery and things continued to play out as expected in terms of the yellow jersey and so on.

Team SKY’s Christopher Froome, a multiple time winner and odds-on favorite, continues to wear the yellow jersey after Stage 9 in the Tour de France. He first captured the jersey after Stage 5, and has continued to maintain his overall individual time lead since then.

On Sunday, Froome didn’t officially post the best time of the stage, an honor received by Colombian rider Rigoberto Uran. However, he was within seconds of winning the stage, which would’ve been his first stage win yet in the 2017 Tour de France. When you get down to it, though, wearing the yellow jersey is far more important than winning an individual stage.

Froome is obviously in the lead, but it’s actually not all that substantial at this point. Thus, let’s take a look at the overall Tour de France standings and the competition for the yellow jersey:

  1. Chris Froome, Team SKY, Leader
  2. Fabio Aru, Astana Pro Team, 18 second behind
  3. Romain Bardet, AG2R La Mondiale, 51 seconds behind
  4. Rigoberto Uran, Cannondale Drapac, 55 seconds behind
  5. Jakob Fuglsang, Astana Pro Team, 1 minute 37 seconds behind

Before Stage 10, we’ll get a rest day on Monday, July 10. After nine grueling days to this point, that’s surely a welcomed site.

As the favorite and already wearing the yellow jersey, Froome is clearly in a great position currently. Now it’ll be all about him maintaining his lead, and his SKY teammates helping him to do so.