Tour de France 2013: Chris Froome strengthens grip on yellow jersey as Tony Martin wins time-trial stage
Froome's lead is now over three minutes
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Chris Froome strengthened his grip on the yellow jersey in the 100th Tour de France as he finished second behind Tony Martin in today's individual time trial to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Although his time of 36 minutes 41 seconds was 12 seconds off that of world time trial champion Martin's, Froome can be happy to have taken more than two minutes out of both Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador to extend his lead in the general classification to three minutes 25 seconds over Valverde.
Froome had been ahead of Martin at both of the intermediate check points during the 33 kilometre run from Avranches, but fell off the pace in the final 11km.
The German Martin, who took silver in the Olympic time trial behind Sir Bradley Wiggins and ahead of Froome in third last year, could be seen watching on anxiously as Froome crossed the 9.5km marker one second ahead of his time, and then the 22km marker with a two second lead.
But while Froome would have gladly taken a second stage win of the Tour so far, his primary concern was distancing his general classification rivals, and he did that comfortably despite slowing relative to Martin towards the finish.
Valverde, the last man to set off before Froome, could only manage a time of 38 minutes 41 seconds despite pushing so hard he nearly struck a wall on the road along the Normandy coast.
Contador was a further three seconds down in 15th place, and the result sees Froome more than double the lead he took with his stage victory on stage eight to Ax 3 Domaines on Saturday.
Thomas De Gendt of Vaconsoleil took third place in the time trial, with Froome's Team Sky team-mate Richie Porte in an encouraging fourth, one minute 21 seconds down, to suggest he is back in his rhythm after losing more than 17 minutes on Sunday's stage nine.
Martin's Omega Pharma-Quick Step team dominated most of the other headlines on the day both on and off the road, with their 23-year-old Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski taking fifth place and Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel seventh to give them three riders in the top 10.
Mark Cavendish finished all the way down in 163rd place, but only after a spectator had thrown urine at him out on the course as the controversy over last night's crash in Saint-Malo continued.
Auction house to give away $1m masterpiece in charity raffle - and tickets are only $100 each
Beatles rush out 'bootleg' album to defy EU copyright law
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
Harvey Weinstein reveals his secret weapon on-set
Now that an oil trader's drinking has got him sacked, will we all have to make do with an afternoon latte?
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Latest in Sport
Tottenham to use controversial blood-spinning technique to speed Jan Vertonghen return
World Cup 2014: Football Manager developers predict the team of the tournament - but which England player makes it into the XI?
Roy Keane omits Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs from 'greatest' Manchester United team
Transfer news: Wayne Rooney sparks Manchester United exit rumours after rejecting new contract talks - reports
Champions League last 16 draw 2013: Who could Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United meet?
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
- 5 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
£25000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits : Harrington Starr: VB.NET SQL Developer/...
£45000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits : Harrington Starr: Senior Automation QA ...
£80000 - £100000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: A leading fin...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Regulatory Man...