Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) escaped from the lead group on the final Hourquette d’Ancizan climb and out-sprinted companion Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to win Tour de France stage nine today in Bagnères-de-Bigorre.
Chris Froome (Sky) safely maintained his spot in the group despite multiple attacks, placed 20 seconds back and kept his leader’s yellow jersey
Froome was left without team-mates on the first climb of day, the Col Portet-d’Aspet. Saxo Bank and other teams drove the pace high and split the group. Only Froome held on.
Pete Kennaugh (Sky) fell off the left side of the road on the descent. He climbed up, but had to return to get his bike in order to continue. His left side was scraped and his jersey ripped due to the fall.
Over the next climb, the Col de Menté and the final three – Peyresourde, Louron-Azet, Hourquette d’Ancizan – Saxo Bank and Movistar continued to lead.
Movistar had six riders in the lead group at one point, including danger-men Alejandro Valverde and best young rider, Nairo Quintana.
Quintana attacked multiple times on the final Hourquette d’Ancizan climb. Froome marked him, but let Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) ride free with 34.8 kilometres remaining.
Porte nearly recovered, moving to within one minute to Froome’s group on the Val Louron-Azet, but cracked. The Aussie was Sky’s ‘plan B’ 24 hours ago, but after finishing 17-59 minutes back, plans have changed.
Froome, at least, maintained his yellow jersey heading into the race’s first rest day. The Tour resumes on Tuesday in Saint-Gildas-des-Bois.
Tour de France 2013, stage nine: Saint-Girons to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, 168.5km
1. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp in 4-43-03
2. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at same time
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 20 secs
4. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha
5. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha
6. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing
7. Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
8. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin
9. Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofids
10. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Leopard at same time
14. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at same time
101. Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky at 22-43
102. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky at 22-43
139. Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky at 26-20
141. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 26-20
163. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp at 26-20
Outside time limit: Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky
Overall classification after stage nine
1. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky in 36-59-18
2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1-25
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 1-44
4. Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin 1-50
5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1-51
6. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1-51
7. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 2-02
8. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 2-28
9. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 2-31
10. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 2-45
15. Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Leopard at 4-00
16. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing at 4-36
33. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky at 18-30
41. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp at 26-08
51. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 35-01
Richie Porte tries to chase back up to team-mate Froome
Movistar and Saxo-Tinkoff put Froome under pressure
Chris Froome fought hard to retain the yellow jersey
Daniel Martin and Jakob Fuglsang’s attack
Daniel Martin wins the stage from Jakob Fuglsang