One day before the second rest day, the ninth stage of the Tour de France brought de riders over four categorized climbs in the heart of the Swiss Alps before a finish on French territory in Châtel, at an altitude of 1300 meter.
Three days after his crash and stitches in his knee, Kobe Goossens attacked in the beginning of the day. The Belgian rider managed to escape from the peloton, joining a breakaway of 21 riders.
The Tour de France debutant rode in front of the race until the last categorized climb, the Pas de Morgins, where he was caught by a reduced peloton with the yellow jersey and his teammate Louis Meintjes.
The GC leader of the Belgian team accompanied the best climbers of this Tour de France and reached the finish in the slipstream of the yellow jersey. This performance enables Meintjes to climb again in the classification and occupy seventeenth place after nine stages.