Tour de France 2019: Superb Impey grabs Stage 9 victory

Stage 9 of the 2019 Tour de France was won by 34 year-old South African rider Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) as he beat Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) to the line in Brioude.

Impey took his first stage win at the Tour de France on his seventh appearance at cycling’s biggest race, attacking on the final Cote de Saint-Just climb. Benoot went with him but Impey proved to be the stronger of the pair, whilst a sprint for third place was won by Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Merida).

A strong 14 man break went clear after 18km and they were joined by Marc Soler (Movistar Team) who impressively bridged the gap to join the men at the front. The group splintered late in the stage with Lukas Pöstlberger (BORA - hansgrohe) attempting to go solo for the win 30km out from the finish, but he was reeled back in, before Impey asserted his authority in the final stages.

Huge, loud crowds showed their support for Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick Step) in yellow on Bastille Day throughout the stage and he calmly retained his 23 second race lead.