Tony Martin solos to Tour de France stage nine win

Tony Gallopin takes overall lead in race as overall contenders content to let escape group go in mountain stage

Tony Martin wins stage nine of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Their sprinter’s out of the race, and their general classification rider is out of sorts, but Omega Pharma showed their versatility and strength in depth when Tony Martin took a solo victory in stage nine of the 2014 Tour de France in Mulhouse.

Versatility and strength in depth are words that can also be used to describe Martin, who has already been seen off the front of the race over the cobbles of stage five, and marshalling Omega Pharma’s sprint train in the final five kilometres of the flat stages. But today, he was in his element, turning the stage into his speciality, time trialling. He attacked his breakaway partner, Alessandro De Marchi, on the penultimate climb of Markstein, with more than 60 kilometres to ride, and rode alone to the finish.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.