Tony Martin streaks to victory in Tour de France stage nine

Vincenzo Nibali loses the yellow jersey to Tony Gallopin as Germany's Tony Martin streaks to victory in stage nine of the Tour de France.

German rider Tony Martin broke away to a clear victory in the ninth stage of the Tour de France this afternoon as Vincenzo Nibali lost the yellow jersey for the first time since stage two.

Germany's Tony Martin celebrates his combativity prize on the podium at the end of the 161.50 km tenth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14, 2014© Getty Images

Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider Martin took victory in Mulhouse by almost three minutes as Tony Gallopin finished in the nearest group to move ahead of Nibali in the overall standings.

Nibali, who took the yellow jersey in Sheffield a week ago, finished well adrift of Lotto-Belisol's Frenchman Gallopin.

Gallopin now holds a one minute, 34 second advantage over Nibali and will wear the yellow jersey for tomorrow's mountain stage between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles on Bastille Day.

Who will win the 2014 Tour de France?

Chris Froome
Alberto Contador
Vincenzo Nibali
Other
Chris Froome
17.6%
Alberto Contador
35.3%
Vincenzo Nibali
29.4%
Other
17.6%
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