Monday, July 8, 2013
Tour de France at a Glance
BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France -- A brief look at Saturday's ninth stage of the 100th Tour de France:
Stage: The ninth stage marked the race's second and final day in the Pyrenees this year. The route covered 105 miles from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre and included five ascents that made the race profile look like shark's teeth.
Winner: Daniel Martin. The Irish rider with the Garmin-Sharp team led a two-man breakaway along with Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang. They escaped a bunch of top riders in the day's last ascent before a downhill finish.
Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome. The 28-year-old Briton repelled several efforts by rivals to outpace him over the climbs, and held on to his lead over the pack -- and especially other potential title contenders. He's 1 minute, 25 seconds ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde in second, while two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador is sixth, 1:51 back. Martin is eighth, 2:28 back. Cadel Evans of Australia, the 2011 winner, is 4:36 behind in 16th place.
Stat of the day: 37 minutes, 58 seconds -- the length of time it took Vasili Kiryienka to roll in after Martin. The Belarus rider was disqualified for not finishing under the minimum time allotment after the stage winner.
Quote of the day: "I don't think I've ever had pain in my legs like that," -- Martin on what he endured to win the stage.
Monday's stage: Riders get the day off before embarking Tuesday on a mostly flat stage that should favor sprinters.