The South African champion, Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), won stage 9 of the Tour de France ahead of Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida).
Stage 9 of the Tour de France looked like a good day for a breakaway on paper and given yesterday’s tough day of racing, it was even more likely that the peloton would give an escape some freedom today.
That’s exactly what would happen as 15 riders went clear in the beginning part of the 170km stage. It was a very strong lead group and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had representation in the form of Edvald Boasson Hagen.
With a gap of over 10-minutes, the race within the race began, as the breakaway riders started to attack each other with around 45km to go. Unfortunately, Boasson Hagen was one of the first riders in the break to come into difficulty as he, Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) and two others were detached from the front of the race.
Upfront, it Impey that was flying the South African flag proudly and he managed to ride away with Benoot over the final climb of the day, before out sprinting him to take a deserved stage win.
Boasson Hagen and Martin would roll across the line some 7-minutes down on the stage victor, the peloton a further 9-minutes back. With no main GC threats in the break today, the overall classification remained largely the same heading into tomorrow’s stage 10.