Tour de France 2013: stage nine - photo gallery

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Tour de France 2013: stage nine – photo gallery

Rarely can the fortunes of a yellow jersey have changed so rapidly.

Chris Froome was utterly dominant on stage eight, finishing off another day of complete control from Team Sky with an imperious solo ride to the line.

Today, the Kenyan-born Brit found himself bereft of team-mates and surrounded by rivals, with Grand Tour champions and specialist climbers among the throng.

Froome showed again that he has a fighting spirit to match his speed, taking control of his own destiny and closing down the attacks that mattered single-handed.

Irishman, Dan Martin (Garmin Sharp), and Astana team leader, Jacob Fuglsang, were the two he let go.

Martin made the most of Froome’s largesse, adding yet another hugely impressive victory to his palmares.

Official UIC WorldTour photographer, Stefano Sirotti, was on hand to capture images of another great day on the hundredth Tour de France.

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