Ireland's Dan Martin puts himself into podium spot as Tour de France nears midway point

Chris Froome leads overall after nine stages

Dan Martin, Tour de France

Irelands Daniel Martin, right, breaks away from the group with Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Colombias Nairo Quintana, in third position, as they climb in pouring rain towards Andorra Arcalis during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 184.5 kilometers (114.3 miles) with start in Vielha Val d'Aran, Spain, and finish in Andorra Arcalis, Andorra, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Ireland's Daniel Martin is in third place overall in the Tour de France.

He finished 14th in the ninth stage today to put himself 19 seconds off the lead in the General Classification.

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin crossed the line first after a solo breakaway in the Pyrenees in torrential rain.

Defending champion Chris Froome retains the overall lead after finishing over six minutes further back.

Adam Yates is second overall, just ahead of Martin, with Colombia's Nairo Quintana fourth.

Meanwhile, one of the pre-event favourites to win the Tour de France has pulled out during the ninth stage.

Two-time champion Alberto Contador had been struggling with injuries.