Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott rider Daryl Impey of South Africa wins the stage. Image Credit: REUTERS

Brioude, France: South African Daryl Impey won the ninth stage of the Tour de France, a 170.5-km ride from St Etienne on Sunday. Impey beat Belgian Tiesj Benoot in a two-man sprint after the duo went clear from the day’s breakaway.

Slovenia’s Jan Tratnik took third place, 10 seconds behind.

Earlier, Italian Alessandro De Marchi was taken to hospital after a heavy crash in the opening kilometres of the ninth stage, his CCC team said on Sunday. We can confirm that Alessandro De Marchi was fully conscious after his crash. He has a deep facial laceration and will be taken to hospital for X-rays to determine if he has any fractures,” CCC said in a statement.

De Marchi, 33, crashed after eight kilometres in the 170.5-km ride from St Etienne. The three-time Vuelta a Espana stage winner was attended to by the race’s medical staff before being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.