Martin Wins Stage 9 of Tour de France
Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) has won Stage 9 of the Tour de France 2013. Martin took a two-up sprint from Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to win the mountainous, 168.5-km ride from Saint Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre in 4:43:03. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) towed home the maillot jaune group at 0:20, and Chris Froome (Sky) remains the maillot jaune.
chase and series of attacks would have put paid to the break and might have put Froome in difficulty. Neither was forthcoming, however. Martin and Fuglsang cooperated well until the last km, when they began playing cat and mouse, Fuglsang led out the sprint, but Martin jumped the Dane with 250 m left.
Garmin-Sharp had planned its aggression. According to directeur sportif Charly Wegelius, “The whole team was committed from the beginning. Jack Bauer was the first to attack and the first to be dropped. I told [the journalists] the Tour wasn’t [over], and that’s what we saw today.”
Martin said that the last 30 km were hard, but that having a breakaway companion and knowing the course helped him. “I knew the last 30 km of the stage, and I was lucky Fuglsang came with me,” the Irishman said. “I don’t know if I would have survived alone. We gave everything we could. Legs were hurting at the end. It was an incredible day for us. From the very beginning, we had David [Millar] and Jack in the break.
“I knew that last corner was crucial and that I would be the faster sprinter, but you never know what is going to happen.”
Read Roadcycling.com's April interview with Martin here.
In the overall, Froome leads Valverde by 1:25 and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) by 1:44. Tomorrow will be the Tour’s first rest day. On Tuesday, the Tour will move to Brittany. The riders will tackle a flat, 197-km run from Saint-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint-Malo. A sprinter should win this stage. Who will it be? Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)? Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)? Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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