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Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Right thanks for joining me.

    As predicted it was a day for the breakaway riders with South Africa's Daryl Impey claiming a memorable victory on stage nine of the Tour de France.

    Britain's Geraint Thomas stayed safely in the pack to remain fifth in the general classification.

    And you can read our report on it all here.

    You will also be able to hear all about stage nine and look forward to stage 10 later on in the BeSpoke Podcast at the Tour.

  2. 'It's been a long time between drinks'

    Daryl Impey

    South Africa's Daryl Impey speaking to ITV 4 after winning stage nine of the Tour de France:

    "That for me is something that was really missing from a Tour de France perspective. I have been in quite a few breakaways and to finally nail it today is a dream come true. It was a stage I’d marked out for a breakaway.

    "I kind of found a lucky move and didn’t have to do too much to get in there.I played it smart at the end and knew I had to reach Tiesj [Benoot] and was was glad I got there.

    "It’s fantastic to win at this level, I think the last time a South African won a stage was in 2007 so it’s been a long time between drinks but it’s a magic memory. It’s a dream come true and it’s so difficult at this level but all the stars lined up today."

  3. Thomas home safely

    Unlike stage eight defending champion Geraint Thomas is home and hosed without any problems.

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  4. GC standings

    Absolutely nothing doing in the general classification today, here's how it looks after stage nine:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 38hrs 37mins 36secs

    2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/Trek-Segafredo) +23secs

    3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +53secs

    4. George Bennett (NZ/Team Jumbo-Visma) +1mins 10secs

    5. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Ineos)+1mins 12secs

    6. Egan Bernal (Col/Team Ineos) +1mins 16secs

    7. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Team Jumbo-Visma) +1mins 27secs

    8. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +1mins 38secs

    9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana Pro Team) +1mins 42secs

    10. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/BORA-hansgrohe) +1mins 45secs

  5. Post update

    The peloton has just wheeled through Brioude at a very leisurely pace.

    At the heart of the town lies one of the largest Romanesque churches in the Auvergne: the basilica of Saint Julien, a popular stopping point for many pilgrims.

    And in fairness at the pace they were going they probably got a decent view of it.

  6. Stage nine results

    Stage nine results:

    1. Daryl Impey (SA/Mitchelton-Scott) 4hrs 03mins 12secs
    2. Tiesj Benoot (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) Same time
    3. Jan Tratnik (Slo/Bahrain Merida) +10secs
    4. Oliver Naesen (Bel/AG2R La Mondiale) same time
    5. Jasper Stuyven (Bel/Lotto Soudal)
    6. Nicholas Roche (Irl/Sunweb) +14secs
    7. Marc Soler (Spa/Movistar) +21secs
    8. Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa/Bahrain Merida) +1mins 50secs
    9. Simon Clarke (Aus/EF Education First) same time
    10. Anthony Delapace (Fra/Arkea-Samsic) +2mins 42secs
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  7. Delaplace highest-placed Frenchman

    Anthony Delaplace was the highest-placed Frenchman on Bastille Day.

    The 29-year-old Arkea-Samsic rider finished in 10th position.

  8. Rest of the breakaway roll home

    The rest of the breakaway are slowly coming in. Jan Tratnik, Oliver Naesen and Jasper Stuyven crossed the line shortly after Daryl Impey and Tiesj Benoot.

  9. Post update

    Well Adam Yates did say that a Mitchelton-Scott rider was going to win the stage today.....

  10. Daryl Impey wins stage nine

    The South African national champion wins stage. Tiesj Benoot didn't have the pace or power in that last 100m.

  11. Post update

    The leading pair are into the final kilometre.

  12. Post update

    Tiesj Benoot and Daryl Impey have got this.

  13. Post update

    Tiesj Benoot's reward for this final push is the combativity prize for today. He's got his eyes on a greater prize though.

  14. Post update

    Now then what's this Romain Bardet and Richie Porte are having trying to thrash out a gap from the main peloton.

    That's been shut down though by the Ineos boys, who have extinguished that particular fire.

  15. Post update

    Tiesj Benoot and Daryl Impey wave au revoir to Nicholas Roche. The Irishman has gone. It's a two-man race for the stage

  16. Post update

    Daryl Impey, Tiesj Benoot and Nicholas Roche are flying down the descent along a very narrow track some 13 and a half minutes clear of the main peloton.

    They have chasing trio closer at hand though.

  17. Post update

    Daryl Impey has got a decent sprint finish which is not great news for Nicholas Roche and Tiesj Benoot.

    The South African has also just nabbed the points at the top of the Cote de Saint-Just.

  18. Post update

    Jasper Stuyven has blown a gasket. Nicholas Roche and Tiesj Benoot are up front now followed by Daryl Impey.

  19. Post update

    Nicholas Roche is now on the attack. Followed swiftly by Jasper Stuyven, who closed the gap with a short sharp burst that oozed the confidence of a rider who knows he's feeling good.

    Roche's best finish at the Tour was in 2012, when he came 12th.

    He is yet to win a stage at La Grand Boucle but has a couple under his belt at the Vuelta a Espana, the last of which was four years ago.