For the first time, Tony Martin has won a different stage than a time trial at the Tour de France but it looked like a time trial as he used the mid mountains stage in the Vosges to ride away with Alessandro De Marchi for 90 kilometres and solo for 59 kilometres! It was an enormous exploit by the German world champion for time trial but not the only amazing achievement of this eventful day as Frenchman Tony Gallopin took over from Vincenzo Nibali in the overall lead.read more
Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov said Vincenzo Nibali and his team-mates had not really fought to keep the yell jersey on the eve of a crucial 10th stage in the Vosges.read more
Involved in the break of the day with four Europcar team-mates, Frenchman Pierre Rolland made it back to 8th overall, 4:07 behind Tony Gallopin, but 2:33 behind Vincenzo Nibali and in front of Alberto Contador before the key stage to La Planche des Belles Filles.read more
Stage winner, most aggressive rider of the day, king of the mountains.read more
The most moved on the finish line of stage 9 in Mulhouse was not the new yellow jersey holder, Tony Gallopin, but his uncle, Alain, the Trek factory team director and the closest adviser of his nephew.
"Generally, you come to me when Fabian Cancellara wins a stage, not when he finishes second. But now, it's a huge emotion. French yellow jerseys, there aren't that many. And a yellow jersey in the Gallopin family it's even more extraordinary," said Alain, the brother of two other former...
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The question at the Village Depart this morning was to know whether Vincenzo Nibali, who lost three seconds to Alberto Contador in the last stretch of stage 8 in La Mauselaine, had shown his first sign of weakness in this Tour de France.read more
The second of the three stages in the Vosges only offers twenty kilometers of flat terrain – the last twenty! As soon as they'll leave Gérardmer and put the beautiful lake behind, the riders will have to climb. Col de la Schlucht is the first of six categorized hills with the most difficult being the Markstein, prolonged by the Grand Ballon, 46km before the finish in Mulhouse. This is a typical stage for attackers, similar to stage 13 of the 2009 Tour de France won by Heinrich Haussler in...read more
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Newsflashes (Local time)
1. Tony Martin (OPQS)
2. Fabian Cancellara (Trek), 2.44
3. Greg van Avermaet (BMC)
4. Tom Dumoulin (Giant)
5. Matteo Montaguti (AG2R)
|17:29||Tony Martin wins in Mulhouse|
Tony Martin wins solo in Mulhouse after 150 km of a breakaway, including 59 solo!
|17:26||Martin in Mulhouse|
Tony Martin is in the streets of Mulhouse. He's going to win!
|17:18||Chérel and Gallopin caught|
The chasing group is reunited within 10km to go.
|17:17||Martin the most aggressive rider of the day|
Unsurprisingly, Tony Martin has been awarded the price of most aggressive rider of the day.
|17:13||Bunch at eight minutes|
The bunch led by Astana remains eight minutes behind Tony Martin with Tony Gallopin and Mickaël Chérel at 2.55 with 13km to go, so it looks very likely that a Frenchman will be in the yellow jersey in Mulhouse!
|17:06||Egoitz Garcia quits|
Injured rider Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis) who was alone off the back, even further than the sprinters who are battling to make the time cut in Mulhouse, has abandoned the Tour de France.
|17:04||Martin at 20km to go|
With 20km to go, Martin has 3.05 over Gallopin who has been rejoined by Chérel.
Tony Martin is 25km away from the finishing line. Virtual Maillot Jaune Tony Gallopin has gone away solo in the downhill. The Frenchman is 3 minutes behind the lone leader. His former companions are at 3.10.
|16:56||Bardet back in the bunch|
Escorted by two team-mates, Romain Bardet is back in the pack.
|16:55||Three minutes lead for Martin|
In the downhill to Cernay, Tony Martin increases his lead: three minutes!
|16:53||Pinot on his own|
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) has attacked from the main group and is now cruising 45 seconds ahead of pack led by Astana.
Romain Bardet has a flat tyre. He quickly gets a wheel change.
|16:49||2.45 with 35 km to go|
With 35km to go, Tony Martin is 2.45 clear off the "Purito group" and the main peloton is eight minutes behind.
|16:44||Martin leads the KOM competition|
After the sixth and last categorized climb of the day, Tony Martin has virtually taken the lead of the KOM competition with 18 points, ahead of Blel Kadri and Alessandro De Marchi, both with 17, and Joaquim Rodriguez, 11.
|16:41||Result at Grand Ballon|
1. Tony Martin (OPQS), 2 points
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 1
|16:40||De Marchi reined in|
Alessandro De Marchi is caught by Rodriguez who goes on to claim the remaining point at the Grand Ballon where Tony Martin has passed in first position.
|16:31||Rodriguez looks motivated...|
Result at the Markstein (cat. 1)
|16:26||Martin solo at the Marksein|
With 50km to go, Tony Martin passes the Markstein alone in the lead. Peloton at 8.04.
|16:25||Tony Martin has won solo before...|
Besides time trials and stage races overall classifications, Tony Martin has won the 2008 Hel van het Mergelland (same time with his team-mate Adam Hansen), stage 8 to Crans-Montana, stage 2 of the 2012 Tour of Beijing and stage 2 of the Tour of the basque country in April this year.
|16:17||Peeters optimistic for Tony Martin|
Questioned during the race by France Televisions, OPQS directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters said: “Tony has very good legs. Now it depends on how Joaquim Rodriguez will climb the Markstein but 2.40 is a big gap. Tony has a good chance to win.”
|16:14||Martin, remember the Vuelta...|
Tony Martin is more than just a specialist of time trial races. At last year's Vuelta a Espana, he impressed the world by riding away from the flag off in stage 6 from Guijuelo to Caceres with the aim of training for the world championship he later won for the third consecutive time in Florence. He stayed away solo for almost all 177 kilometres but was caught by the bunch with 100 metres to go, only because Fabian Cancellara decided to make him lose. The Swiss rider didn't have any sprinter...
|16:07||Thomas and Busche crash|
Crash in the bunch. It involves Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Matthew Busche (Trek). They're back on their bike.
|16:04||Martin on his own|
Up to the Markstein, Tony Martin accelerates and drops De Marchi off with 59km to go.
Result of the intermediate sprint in Linthal, km 105
|15:51||Martin first at the intermediate sprint line|
Tony Martin keeps riding as a time trialist. He's first ahead of De Marchi on the line of the intermediate sprint.
|15:50||Dominique Arnould: "We can win the stage"|
Questioned during the race by France Televisions, Europcar's DS Dominique Arnould seemed optimistic despite his riders constantly losing time from De Marchi and Martin. “We wanted to try something because the terrain suits us today”, said the Frenchman who hails from the nearby region of Lorraine. “It could have been for Thomas Voeckler, that's why he tried earlier on. We can still win the stage. We have several cards to play. Cyril Gautier is at the front, as well as Pierre Rolland....
|15:43||70km to go|
With 70km to go, the 25 chasers are at 2.38, the peloton at 6.05.
|15:42||Reza and Chavanel back in the bunch|
Kevin Reza and Sylvain Chavanel have been dropped from the chasing group. They're back in the bunch. Lars Boom is also off the back, so the chasing group is now reduced to 25 riders. Europcar is the only team setting the pace of the "Purito group".
|15:28||Gallopin virtually in the lead|
As there are four minutes between the chasing group of 28 riders and the peloton, Tony Gallopin is the virtual leader of the Tour de France.
|15:24||Resut at côte de Gueberschwihr|
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 5 points
2. Tony Martin (OPQS), 3
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 2
4. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), 1
|15:21||Kittel and Démare at 11 minutes|
In the feed zone, just after half way into stage 9, sprinters Marcel Kittel, Mark Renshaw and Arnaud Démare together with Ji Cheng are timed eleven minutes behind the leading duo. The time cut in Mulhouse is expected to be around 26 minutes.
|15:19||Frenchmen keep losing|
Europcar keeps pacing the chasing group but they're 1.45 behind the leading duo in the côte de Gueberschwihr. The peloton is at 4.52, so Tony Galloping isn't a virtual yellow jersey yet.
|15:07||De Marchi and Martin are very strong!|
With 90km to go, De Marchi and Martin are 1.25 ahead of the 28 chasers, 4.23 ahead of the peloton.
|15:05||Gallopin the highest ranked|
In the chasing group of 28 riders, Tony Gallopin is the highest ranked on GC, 11th at 3.27. Astana maintains the deficit of the peloton to the two leaders around four minutes.
|14:55||De Marchi first atop the côte des Cinq Châteaux|
Result at the côte des Cinq Châteaux, cat. 3
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 2 points
2. Tony Martin (OPQS), 1
|14:51||De Marchi and Martin increase their lead|
As Europcar leads the chasing group, the advantage of De Marchi and Martin increases in the climb: 45 seconds.
Leaders, chasers and the peloton are climbing the côte des Cinq Châteaux.
|14:45||Boom reeled in|
Lars Boom is back in the Purito group of 28 chasers behind De Marchi and Martin.
|14:44||Boom at 22 seconds|
Stage 5 winner Lars Boom has gone clear in a downhill. He's 22 seconds behind the two leaders.
José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez and Simon Spilak (Katusha), Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff), Kristjan Koren (Cannondale), Lars Boom and Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin), Mikaël Chérel and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Tom Dumoulin (Giant), Rafa Valls (Lampre), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Amaël Moinard and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Pierre Rolland, Cyril Gautier, Alexandre Pichot, Perrig Quémeneur and Kevin Reza (Europcar), Fabian Cancellara (Trek), Dani Navarro and...
|14:35||2.05 at km 56|
At km 56, the leading duo had an advantage of 2.05. Only three teams aren't represented at the front or in the chasing group: Sky, Astana and Garmin-Sharp.
|14:25||Peloton at two minutes|
The eight chasing riders are at 40 seconds. Peloton at 2 minutes at km 53.
|14:24||Kadri back in the bunch|
Blel Kadri finally made it back to the peloton after a long and difficult chase by himself.
|14:23||Eight riders escape from the chasing group|
Eight riders escape from the chasing group: Spilak, Montaguti, Van Avermaet, Rolland, Quémeneur, Navarro, Edet, Machado.
Composition of the chasing group: Rojas (Movistar), Rodriguez and Spilak (Katusha), Paulinho (Tinkoff), Koren (Cannondale), Boom and Kruijswijk (Belkin), Chérel and Montaguti (AG2R), Dumoulin (Giant), Valls (Lampre), Ladagnous (FDJ), Gallopin (Lotto), Moinard and Van Avermaet (BMC), Rolland, Gautier, Pichot, Quémeneur and Reza (Europcar), Cancellara (Trek), Navarro and Edet (Cofidis), Meier (Orica), Chavanel (IAM), Machado (NetApp), Feillu and Bideau (Bretagne).
|14:16||De Marchi first at col de Wettstein|
Result at the top of col de Wettstein, cat 3:
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 2 points
2. Tony Martin (OPQS), 1
|14:15||Astana at the head of the peloton|
The Astana team leads the peloton 1.10 behind De Marchi and Martin. Nibali's team-mates are recognisable as they all have a yellow helmet today because of leading the teams' classification.
|14:12||Spilak solo in the chase|
After 38km of racing, De Marchi and Martin have 30 seconds lead over Simon Spilak (Katusha) who went away solo from the group initiated by his team-mate Joaquim Rodriguez. Among the riders up there: Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Fabian Cancellara (Trek), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), Tiago Machado (NetApp)... Peloton at one minute.
|14:08||23 seconds lead|
De Marchi and Martin have 23 seconds lead over a small group comprising Rodriguez and Chavanel.
|14:06||Purito on the move|
Joaquim Rodriguez initiates a new breakaway from the peloton. He's far down on GC as he didn't start the Tour at the maximum of his capacities but he hopes to make something out of the mountain stages.
|14:04||In the second climb|
De Marchi and Martin have started the second climb of the day with 30 seconds lead. Blel Kadri hasn't managed to come across to the peloton.
|13:59||25 seconds lead|
De Marchi and Martin have 25 seconds lead after 26km of racing.
|13:57||Blel Kadri on his way|
Stage 8 winner and polka dot jersey wearer Blel Kadri is making his way back to the peloton in the downhill after sustaining a mechanical.
|13:55||Kittel at two minutes|
A group containing triple stage winner Marcel Kittel is timed two minutes behind the peloton.
|13:54||Alessandro De Marchi discovered a new passion at the Dauphiné...|
Italian rider Alessandro De Marchi who hails from the Friul region near Slovenia probably has in mind to fight for the King of the Mountains classification that he won at the Dauphiné. Here is what he said in Courchevel on June 15: “It's an enormous satisfaction to win the polka dot jersey. It's not something I experienced before, but during this Dauphiné, I've discovered a new passion for myself in this kind of goal. I might do it again, why not at the Tour de France, as I realize how...
|13:49||10 seconds for the two leaders|
Martin and De Marchi have 10 seconds lead after 17.5km of racing.
|13:47||Martin and De Marchi in the lead|
Tony Martin (OPQS) rejoins Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) at the head of the race.
|13:46||De Marchi tries his luck|
After regrouping, Criterium du Dauphiné King of the Mountains Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) goes away again.
|13:44||26 riders off the back|
26 riders have been dropped in the ascent to col de la Schlucht. Ji Cheng (Giant) is one of them.
At km 13, the breakaway gets caught by the peloton.
|13:42||Voeckler first at la Schlucht|
Result at col de la Schlucht, km 11.5:
1. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 5 points
2. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), 3
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), 2
4. Tom Dumoulin (Giant), 1
Peloton at 20 seconds
|13:38||Rodriguez and Voeckler on the move|
Joaquim Rodriguez and Thomas Voeckler are very active at the head of the breakaway. Trek chases them down at the front of the peloton.
|13:37||Breakaway up to col de la Schlucht|
Danny Pate (Sky), Jesus Herrada (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez and Simon Spilak (Katusha), Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Laurens ten Dam (Belkin), Jan Bakelants (OPQS), Ben Gastauer (AG2R), Tom Dumoulin (Giant), Kristjan Durasek (Lampre), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Amaël Moinard (BMC), Perrig Quémeneur, Cyril Gautier and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Dani Navarro and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Michael Albasini (Orica), Danilo Wyss (IAM), Leo...
|13:29||17 leaders at km 5|
17 riders are reported to lead the race after 5km of racing.
|13:28||14 riders in the lead|
14 riders form a front group in the hill. Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) tried to escape from that group.
|13:27||Démare among the first riders dropped|
Démare (FDJ) and Molard (Cofidis) are among the first riders dropped as the peloton is climbing to col de la Schlucht.
|13:26||Brice Feillu noted on the offensive|
The first few kilometres are marked by several skirmishes. Brice Feillu (Bretagne) is noted among the attackers.
|13:25||Mikaël Chérel: "On paper, the breakaway has more chances to succeed"|
It's party time for AG2R-La Mondiale! Mickaël Chérel spoke to letour.fr before the start. "Yesterday I felt that my legs could respond again after the big crash I had in England", said the Frenchman. "I needed to do these efforts, yesterday and the day before, to unlock my engine. For one week, I've struggled at the back of the bunch and I let everyone go when there was an acceleration in the race. It's been hard to get back into the rhythm but I needed to do those efforts for being useful...
|13:22||Sagan goes solo!|
Peter Sagan attacks at km 2!
The race is bunched up again after attacks in the first kilometer.
|13:21||Anthony Delaplace: "Brice Feillu remembers 2009"|
Bretagne-Séché Environnement Anthony Delaplace who is a natural attacker spoke to letour.fr this morning prior to the start. "We've been active in breakaways since the beginning of the Tour and we missed out yesterday when the bunch let it go for the first, so it was frustrating. Today, there's another opportunity for the break to succeed, but it's an uphill start, so we firstly count on our two best climbers, Brice Feillu and Florian Guillou, to go, but I'll also give it a try. We hope...
|13:19||Start proper given at 13.19|
184 riders have taken the start of stage 9 in Gérardmer.
|13:18||Astana has another priority for now|
Astana still leads the teams classification but a comfortable advantage of 6.23 over Belkin. But stage 9 is the typical event for this ranking to be completely reshuffled, depending on which teams will be present in the breakaway and how much of a lead they can keep at the finish. For now, Astana has another priority. They'll protect Vincenzo Nibali rather than calculate their efforts for the teams classification.
|13:17||Kwiatkowski is now the leader|
Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) is the best young rider after he took over from Peter Sagan yesterday, but he also showed some weakness in the climbs, so he's seriously threatened by Romain Bardet who is only 1.06 down.
|13:17||Kadri wants to defend his lead|
Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale) is the new King of the Mountains. He wore the polka dot jersey for one day last year, so this isn't his first time today. He's got a lead of 11 points over former leader Cyril Lemoine but stage 9 is likely to mark the start of a totally different fight for the KOM competition with six climbs on the route and many points up for grab.
|13:16||No worries for Sagan|
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) doesn't have to worry about the green jersey today. He's got an advantage of 111 points over runner up Bryan Coquard.
|13:15||Nibali, the man of the 200th day|
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in yellow for the seventh day and it's also the 200th day of an Italian leading the Tour de France. His team-mate Jakob Fuglsang is still second on GC after the first mid-mountain stage yesterday but he's now at 1.44 rather than at two seconds like after stage 7. Alberto Contador has moved up to sixth on GC but it remains to be seen if stage 9 will reshuffle the overall ranking. Predictions mostly lead to a long lasting breakaway and a controlled race among the...
|13:14||Climbs of the day|
Six categorized climbs are on the menu today:
|13:13||In the neutral zone|
Riders are cruising in the neutral zone.
|13:09||16.5° at the start|
The temperature in Gérardmer is 16.5°. The sky is unsettled and cloudy. Some showers are expected in the mountains with a dryer weather at the end of the stage.
All riders who finished stage 8 at La Mauselaine have signed the starting sheet this morning.
Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Blel Kadri (polka dot) and Michal Kwiatkowski (white) are on the front line to start from “the pearl of the Vosges” Gérardmer.
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 9 from Gérardmer to Mulhouse (170km). It's a mid mountain stage with six climbs on the route, including the Markstein rated in first category.
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Will the three stages in the Vosges determine the overall winner?
- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
- No, the real fight will happen in the Alps47.68%
- No, Contador will win the Tour in the Pyrenees30.74%
- No, Porte will beat them all in the time trial11.97%