Mulhouse - Tony Martin has continued Germany's stunning sporting month by winning
the ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as Frenchman Tony
Gallopin claimed the race leader's yellow jersey.
success was the fifth by Germans already this Tour after sprinters
Marcel Kittel, three, and Andre Greipel had previously triumphed.
it came on a day when Germany will play Argentina in the World Cup
final, just five days after their incredible 7-1 semi-final victory over
If Joachim Loew's team are looking for any omens, a
German won the day of their semi-final victory when Kittel triumphed in
Lille and the last time West Germany won the World Cup in 1990, German
Olaf Ludwig won the Tour stage that day as well.
"It's a good sign," said Martin, 29, who admitted he wasn't sure he'd be able to watch the game.
he was feeling confident nonetheless, adding: "Of course I say Germany
will win. I was already in good spirits today so let's say 3-0."
A group of 20 chasers, including Gallopin, came home 2min 45sec later with the peloton a further five minutes further back.
One-day Classics' specialists Fabian Cancellara and Greg Van Avermaet took second and third respectively on the stage.
whose girlfriend Marion Rousse is also a cyclist and planted a kiss on
his lips after he crossed the line, will now wear the yellow jersey on
"It's incredible. It will be a very proud moment to
wear the yellow jersey on the national day. I would never have imagined
it," said the 26-year-old.
Gallopin leads by 1:34 having started
the day 11th overall, 3:27 behind previous race leader Vincenzo Nibali,
who drops to second.
But Monday's 10th stage includes seven
category climbs, amongst which four are first category ones, and an
intimidating final 5.9km climb to the finish at an average 8.5 percent
Gallopin knows it will be tough to keep the jersey.
think I'll really enjoy it tomorrow (Monday). It won't be an easy day,
the guys (going for overall victory) will try to do battle.
"I have just 1:30 to Nibali. I will do my best."
stage saw significant movement in the leading pack as Portugal's Tiago
Machado moved up from 20th to third overall at 1:40 after finishing in
Frenchman Pierre Rolland also jumped 15 places to eighth at 4:07.
Australian Richie Porte dropped from third to fifth at 3:32 while
two-time former winner Alberto Contador is down three places to ninth at
Martin attacked early on alongside Italian Alessandro De
Marchi and the pair worked well together to build up a lead of almost
three minutes over a chasing pack of 28 riders, with the peloton
gradually drifting out to more than eight minutes behind.
Martin attacked De Marchi on the first category Le Markstein climb 60km from home and rode away from his escape companion.
the long 10.8km climb with a 5.4 percent average gradient, the
specialist time-trialler remarkably not only distanced De Marchi but
kept increasing his advantage over the chasers as well.
time he'd crested the final third category climb, there remained 40km of
downhill and then flat racing to come, roads much more in keeping with
De Marchi was caught and a chase group of
20 riders formed but just as had been the cased on the climb, their
co-operation was minimal.
Having realised he was in with a great
chance of taking yellow, Gallopin drove on the peloton, with several
French riders helping, despite not being in his team.
peloton the grupetto came home 21:38 behind Martin, just inside the time
cut-off point, meaning the likes of Kittel and Greipel will live for
Leading results from the 9th stage of Tour de France, a 170km ride from Gerardmer to Mulhouse on Sunday:
1. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 4hr 09min 34sec
2. Fabian Cancellara (SWI/TRE) at 2:45.
3. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 2:45.
4. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 2:45.
5. Matteo Montaguti (ITA/ALM) 2:45.
6. Jos Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) 2:45.
7. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/BKN) 2:45.
8. Mickal Cherel (FRA/ALM) 2:45.
9. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE) 2:45.
10. Tiago Machado (POR/APP) 2:45.
11. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/CAN) 2:45.
12. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 2:45.
13. Rafael Valls (ESP/LAM) 2:45.
14. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 2:45.
15. Sergio Paulinho (POR/TIN) 2:45.
16. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LTB) 2:45.
17. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 2:45.
18. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 2:45.
19. Amal Moinard (FRA/BMC) 2:45.
20. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 2:51.
1. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LTB) 38hr 04min 38sec
2. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) at 1:34.
3. Tiago Machado (POR/APP) 2:40.
4. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 3:18.
5. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 3:32.
6. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 4:00.
7. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 4:01.
8. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 4:07.
9. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 4:08.
10. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 4:13.
11. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) 4:26.
12. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 4:36.
13. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) 4:36.
14. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 4:44.
15. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 5:06.
16. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 5:08.
17. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 5:11.
18. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 5:28.
19. Andrew Talansky (USA/GRM) 5:56.
20. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 6:12.
21. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 6:43.
22. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE) 6:56.
23. Laurens ten Dam (NED/BKN) 7:18.
24. Chris Horner (USA/LAM) 7:46.
25. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/BKN) 7:53.
26. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) 8:08.
27. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 8:27.
28. Leopold Knig (CZE/APP) 9:09.
29. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 9:47.
30. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 12:15.
31. Frank Schleck (LUX/TRE) 12:17.
32. Jan Bakelants (BEL/OPQ) 14:24.
33. Fabian Cancellara (SWI/TRE) 14:34.
34. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 16:28.
35. Bram Tankink (NED/BKN) 17:32.
36. Peter Velits (SVK/BMC) 18:40.
37. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) 18:56.
38. Nicolas Roche (IRL/TIN) 19:50.
39. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 20:11.
40. John Gadret (FRA/MOV) 21:46.