Tour de France 2014 Stage 9 saw Tony Martin of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step come out victorious on Sunday. Meanwhile, the yellow jersey came Lotto Belisol's Tony Gallopin's way in Stage 9 as Vincenzo Nibali of the Astana lost the overall lead and the jersey.
Gallopin took the lead when 70 kilometres were remaining. Interestingly the General Classification (GC) group did not press forward even as they saw the Frenchman advance. A Thibaut Pinot challenge aside, Gallopin rode on unchecked, reported CyclingNews.
"I did my best in the opening stages, and we knew that there was a chance to be in the breakaway, that it might be possible. Tomorrow I will try to enjoy the yellow jersey on Bastille Day. It will be a hard day, but to be in the yellow jersey on the national day of France will be incredible. I am so happy, and we will see what happens tomorrow," Gallopin said.
Solo runs seem to be catching on in Tour de France 2014. Stage 8 saw a breathtaking solo ending from Biel Kadri. Martin saw to it that Stage 9 had a spectacular solo effort too. His incredible effort came in the last 59 kilometres of the race. It was a display of time-trialing like no other.
The last 20 kilometres in Stage 9 were flat territory and this provided the contestants a very good opportunity to increase their pace after six arduous mountain climbs.
Alessandro De Marchi of the Cannondale was the first one to come out attacking here; however Martin soon overtook him in an aggressive burst, and launched into his incredible solo display thereafter.
"With three minutes' lead, I knew I had the race in my hand. It was an incredible feeling. In time trials, I often have to wait for a long time to know if I had won or not. The Tour de France organizers had scheduled only one time trial this year, so I invented a second one," Velonews quoted Martin.
In an excellent day for German sport, after Martin's Stage 9 triumph, Die Mannschaft lifted the World Cup in Brazil.