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Martin wins Tour's 9th stage; Gallopin new leader

Martin wins Tour's 9th stage; Gallopin new leader

MULHOUSE, France - Germany's Tony Martin powered to an impressive victory in the ninth stage of the Tour de France after a 155-kilometer mountain raid in the Vosges that saw Vincenzo Nibali surrender the yellow jersey to France's Tony Gallopin on Sunday.

Time-trial world champion Martin attacked after 15 kilometers and dropped his breakaway companion with just under 60 left to win his third Tour stage following time trial victories in 2011 and 2013.

Gallopin took the overall leader's yellow jersey after Nibali's Astana team did not chase hard to catch a counter-attacking group.

That meant the Kazakh team will not be forced to defend the lead in Monday's 11th stage,...