Tour de France 2013: Stage 11 as it happened

Chris Froome extends his overall race lead on stage 11, a 33km time trial from Avranches to Mont Saint Michel.

10 July 2013 Last updated at 17:23 GMT

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  1. 1657: 

    Right, time for me to sign off. It's been another memorable day, sadly not for all the right reasons. The race report is already taking shape with reaction to come from the riders, and that just leaves me to thank you for keeping me company for the last five hours or so. Peter Scrivener is back in the chair on Thursday - I'll see you again at the weekend.

  2. 1655: 
    Thursday's stage 12

    If Cav wants to put today behind him then Thursday's stage 12 is tailor made for the Manx Missile. A long, flat 218km stage from Fougeres to Tours. Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel will fancy it too, though.

  3.   
    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "It is in the balance with Mark Cavendish. Normally he is bullish and does come back. He thrives off adversity but after what happened this morning, it is a bit different and I don't know how he will take it. I know he is extremely upset by it."

  4. 1654: 

    So, a day of drama comes to a close with Chris Froome tightening his grip on the yellow jersey. Let's not forget that unsavoury incident involving Mark Cavendish, though. A fan threw urine at him when he was out on the road. Cav, understandably, was not happy.

  5. 1649: 

    Chris Froome on his performance in stage 11, after finishing second to Tony Martin in a 33km time trial: "I'm really happy with the result and having extended my advantage on my GC rivals. It gives me a good buffer going into the next few days but think I am going to need every second I can get, with the way these guys are riding."

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    Jon Gleeson: Unlucky @chrisfroome, huge gains though on those Spaniards.

    TDF is in danger of becoming very dull after this, with Froome wrapping up yellow and Sagan green. Other teams please step up!!

  7. 1641:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    This looks healthy from a Team Sky/Chris Froome/Great Britain point of view - after 11 stages, Froome has opened up a lead of three minutes and 25 seconds on his nearest rival.

    1. Chris Froome (Britain/Team Sky) 42:29:24"

    2. Alejandro Valverde (Spain/Movistar) +3:25"

    3. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands/Belkin) +3:37"

    4. Alberto Contador (Spain/Saxo-Tinkoff) +3:54"

    5. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic/Saxo-Tinkoff) +3:57"

    6. Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands/Belkin) +4:10"

    7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland/Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) 4:44"

    8. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) +5:18"

    9. Rui Costa (Portugal/Movistar) +5:37"

    10. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France/AG2R) +5:39"

  8. 1639: 
    Results of stage 11

    1. Tony Martin (Germany/Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 36:29"

    2. Chris Froome (Britain/Team Sky) +12"

    3. Thomas De Gendt (Belgium / Vacansoleil) +1:01"

    4. Richie Porte (Australia/Team Sky) +1:21"

    5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland/Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +1:31"

    SELECTED OTHERS

    11. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands/Belkin) +2:05"

    13. Alejandro Valverde (Spain/Movistar) +2:12"

    15. Alberto Contador (Spain/Saxo-Tinkoff) +2:15"

    21. Cadel Evans (Australia/BMC Racing) +2:30"

    22. Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands/Belkin) +2:32"

    54. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) +3'28"

  9. 1633: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Tony Martin wins stage 11 of the Tour de France

    The German showed why he is the world time trial champion with a brilliant ride.

  10. 1632: 
    AT THE FINISH

    But Chris Froome is still a big winner today. He gained two minutes on his nearest rival Alejandro Valverde and leads the Tour de France by more than three minutes overall.

  11. 1631: 
    AT THE FINISH

    Chris Froome misses out on the stage win by 12 seconds. Tony Martin gets the victory.

  12. 1631: 

    But it's not enough...

  13. 1630: 

    Froome, hunched over his handlebars, is giving it everything...

  14. 1630: 

    Froome is out of his saddle and wobbles as he goes up a ramp with 500m to go. This is going to be close...

  15. 1629: 

    Meanwhile, Chris Froome is looking to maximise his gains. A stage win would be very nice too. He has about 1km to go... can he do it?

  16. 1627: 

    Only two men left out on the road, and only one of them has a chance of winning this stage. It's not Alejandro Valverde, who is into the last couple of km. He has to limit his losses.

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    Small Man Peaky: Froome to put at least a minute on Contador and Valverde. 2+ on Quintana.

  18. 1623: 

    So, Britain's Chris Froome is going for the stage win - it would be his second of this year's Tour. Even if he doesn't get it, he looks set to put a lot of time into his rivals in the general classification. He could lead by three minutes tonight.

  19. 1622: 
    TIME-CHECK 2 - COURTILS at 22km

    Here's how Froome compares to Tony Martin and his general classification rivals after the second time check. Pretty well, as it happens.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK TWO

    1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 24 min 40 sec

    2. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +2sec

    3. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +41 sec

    SELECTED OTHERS

    12. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin +1min 25 sec

    13. Alberto Contador (Spa/Saxo) +1min 26 sec

    16. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +1min 27 sec

    23. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin +1min 39 sec

  20. 1619: 
    TIME-CHECK 2 - COURTILS at 22km

    He's still flying. Chris Froome is two seconds quicker than Tony Martin at the second check-point.

  21. 1618: 
    AT THE FINISH

    Alberto Contador finishes the 33km course in 38minutes and 44 seconds - that is two minutes and 14 seconds down on Tony Martin but, more importantly, how much time will he lose to Chris Froome?

  22. 1616: 

    I don't think Chris Froome will have the wind behind him all day... Alberto Contador is battling a cross tailwind as he enters the final kilometre... and then out of his saddle to charge to the line. Every second counts for him, but he is going to finish outside the top 10.

  23. 1616: 

    Chris Froome looks smooth as you like as he flies along these Normandy roads towards Mont Saint Michel. He's making easy progress at the moment, hopefully being helped by a tailwind.

  24. 1613: 

    Chris Froome is pushing hard and closing the gap on Alejandro Valverde in front of him. "If he sees him, it is a great incentive to push on and make the catch," says Rob Hayles.

  25. 1610: 
    TIME-CHECK 1 - DUCEY at 9.5km

    Right. More details from time check one now all 182 riders have gone through. Froome has opened up a gap on his rivals at the top of the general classification.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK ONE

    1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 10 min 20 sec

    2. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +1sec

    3. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +8sec

    SELECTED OTHERS

    9. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +25 sec

    12. Alberto Contador (Spa/Saxo) +26 sec

    16. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin +29 sec

    30. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin + 39 sec

  26. 1607: 

    Oh dear. After telling Dan I make it look easy, I stick the wrong label on that update about Froome being quickest. I'll get my coat...

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    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "Tony Martin is not looking so relaxed at the finish line now. He has got a grimace on his face!"

  28. 1605: 
    TIME-CHECK 1 - DUCEY at 9.5km

    Chris Froome is half a second quicker than Tony Martin at the first time-check!

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    Dan in Dorchester: Be honest now, out of all the text commentaries, surely cycling has to be the easiest, one update every two-five minutes, consisting of a short sentence with a little detail... Or I am I being harsh and you're doing this and the test match updates at the same time?

    I just make it look easy Dan.

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    Hamish Greenwood: Valverde great at attacking in the hills can see him haemorrhaging time in the TT though.

  31. 1601: 
    TIME-CHECK 1 - DUCEY at 9.5km

    Alberto Contador is 10th-fastest through the first check-point, 25 seconds slower than Tony Martin. We can take the German out of the equation now, though. The stage win is a bonus for Contador and the rest of the men at the top of the general classification, because what really matters is how they perform compared to their rivals.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK ONE

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 10 min 21 sec

    2. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +7sec

    3. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC) +18 sec

  32. 1558: 
    AT THE FINISH

    Michal Kwiatkowski misses out on a top three place (as things stand) today by 10 seconds but his real battle is with Nairo Quintana for the white jersey for best young rider. The Colombian climber leads by one minute and 23 seconds after stage 10 but he is not a great time trialer, so Kwiatkowski could well take some time out of him.

    TOP THREE AT THE FINISH

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 36 min 29 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +1min 01 sec

    3. Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) +1min 21 sec

  33. 1553: 

    Froome is on the start ramp now, wearing yellow lycra from shoulder to knee. He is looking focused and waiting to be counted down... three, two, one... here we go folks.

  34. 1551: 

    There goes Alejandro Valverede, motoring past a Red Dragon flag near the start ramp. Are there lots of Welsh fans out following the Tour, or just one bloke who gets everywhere?

  35. 1549: 

    There's Chris Froome, helmet already on, sitting near the start line and waiting to be summoned.

  36. 1547: 
    AT THE START

    Just the top three riders in the general classification left at the start now. The other 179 men are either on the road or already on their bus.

    Dutch rider Bauke Mollema, who is a minute and 44 seconds behind Chris Froome in the general classification, will be next to go. After him, it is Alejandro Valverde... and then Froome.

  37. 1542:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    In case you haven't been able to find it, here is the web-only radio commentary for the climax to this time trial, with BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra's Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles.

  38. 1540: 
    AT THE START

    In front of a huge and vocal crowd in Avranches, Alberto Contador rolls down the start ramp. Did I mention the weather is glorious again today in northern France? ... because it is. Just five more men left to depart, including Chris Froome.

  39. 1537: 
    TIME-CHECK 2 - COURTILS at 22km

    A few kilometres up the road, Cadel Evans is only 17th fastest at time check two, one minute and 40 down on Tony Martin.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK TWO

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 24 min 42 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +39 sec

    3. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) +53 sec

  40. 1532: 
    TIME-CHECK 1 - DUCEY at 9.5km

    By the looks of things, the team orders from Omega Pharma-QuickStep today were to go out hard. Michal Kwiatkowski joins team-mates Tony Martin and Sylvain Chavanel in the fastest three at check-point one. Only Martin has maintained the pace at check-point two... so far.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK ONE

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 10 min 21 sec

    2. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +7sec

    3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +15sec

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    More reaction to Mark Cavendish having urine thrown at him during today's time trial.

    Adam in Cambridge: Ignore the critics Mark as no one in the crowd can do what you do, without commitment like yours we would have no winners good luck in remainder of tour.

    Ewan Duncan: Clear from the pictures of Cavs crash in the press, veelers drifted off his line, plain to see. Cav deserves apology for the grief he's had.

    Phil in Bradford: All this about Cav is nonsense. No one said a word about Andre Greipel after he caused that massive crash on stage 1 by trying ride through a gap that wasn't there. This is cycling. Accidents happen. Move on.

  42. 1525:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Web-only commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Tour de France team will get under way at 1530 BST with Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles. The link will appear on the right-hand side of this page or on the cycling index.

  43. 1521:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    The big guns in the general classification are about to be fired. I have just seen shots of Chris Froome warming up at the start line - this is when he and his rivals will roll down the ramp:

    Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 1530 BST

    Daniel Martin (Ire) Garmin at 1533

    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 1536

    Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1539

    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1542

    Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin at 1545

    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 1548

    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1551

    Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky at 1554

  44. 1519: 
    The wind of change

    It's been windy all day out on the time trial course today, but the news is that the direction has changed - what was a crosswind in the early stages is now a tailwind.

    There was already a tailwind in the second section of the stage.

    All in all, good news for Chris Froome if he wants a stage win. His general classification rivals will all share the same advantage, though.

  45. 1514: 

    Two former Tour winners, Cadel Evans and Andy Schleck are out on the road now. Neither of them are going to triumph this year, but Cadel is due a good day, and he is a strong time trialist. Schleck, who has not been the same rider since breaking his pelvis ( has been keeping a low profile

    An update on Sylvain Chavanel too. The French hope faded in the middle of the 33km route but was obviously saving something for the 3km across the causeway to the finish line at Mont Saint Michel. He ended up fifth fastest, one minute and 37 seconds behind Tony Martin.

  46. 1510: 
    AT THE FINISH
    Geraint Thomas

    A few other riders to tell you about now. Geraint Thomas (above) and his broken pelvis was one of the first men to complete the course this morning, but David Millar remains the fastest Brit so far... with Chris Froome still to go of course.

    With 150 of the 182 riders done, Millar is now 13th fastest (39min 03sec), Ian Stannard is 41st (40min 07sec), and his Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas is 42nd (40.09).

    Manxmen Peter Kennaugh and Mark Cavendish are 105th and 131st (41min 29 sec and 42min 00sec)

    And Ireland's Nicholas Roche has just finished too. He is 14th so far in a time of 39min 04 sec.

  47. 1503: 
    AT THE FINISH

    Richie Porte kept on motoring too. He is not in Tony Martin's league - who is - but the Australian Team Sky rider is third-fastest so far. Good going.

    TOP THREE AT THE FINISH

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 36 min 29 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +1min 01 sec

    3. Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) +1min 21 sec

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    Ian in Essex: Cav v Veelers could end up like a couple of squabbling footballers. Veelers set out his store in public by blaming Cav. Cav not going to accept the blame for fear of repercussions. Lefevere is right: shake hands for the camera at the start tomorrow. Say cheese... Edam or Cheddar will do.

  49. 1453: 
    TIME-CHECK 1 - DUCEY at 9.5km

    We've seen a few fast starts... and slow finishes today. Five-time French national time trial champion Sylvain Chavanel is the latest to go close to Tony Martin's time at the first split... can he maintain that sort of pace to the finish line, though?

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK ONE

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 10 min 21 sec

    2. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) +7sec

    3. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC) +18 sec

  50. 1450: 
    TIME-CHECK 2 - COURTILS at 22km

    While Tejay van Garderen got slower and slower as his ride went on, Team Sky's Richie Porte is getting faster and faster. He was only eighth fastest at time-check one but moved up to fourth at time-check two, just one second behind Svein Tuft.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK TWO

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 24 min 42 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +39 sec

    3. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) +53 sec

  51. 1445: 
    Cavendish reaction

    More on Cav: Mark Cavendish heard the boos and jeers during his ride in today's 33km time trial, and was upset by them.

    In terms of an apology to Tom Veelers, Cav has already called the Dutch rider to ask how he was & reiterated that he would never knock him off on purpose.

    Veelers rebuffed this approach, saying Cavendish should apologise in person. Cav doesn't agree that he has an apology to make, which is where the discussion ended.

  52. 1442: 
    Cavendish reaction
    Mark Cavendish

    Here's Omega Pharma-QuickStep boss Patrick Lefevere talking about what happened to Mark Cavendish (above) earlier on today. Looks like it was connected to yesterday's collision with Tom Veelers, as was suspected.

    Lefevere said other riders told Cavendish that "some spectators were not very pleased with what happened yesterday and they yelled at him. One put urine on him.

    "[Mark] is really disappointed. He's not upset, he's more down because he thinks - and I think he's right - that he didn't deserve it."

    "He can maybe have a handshake tomorrow morning with Tom Veelers if he agrees with this. This case has to be closed."

  53. 1435: 
    AT THE FINISH
    Tony Martin

    Oh dear. Tejay van Garderen kept on fading too. The American ended up 28th-fastest, three minutes and 19 seconds off the pace - sums up his entire race, really.

    That means 132 of the 182 riders are home, and our top three remains the same, with Tony Martin still quickest. Can anybody beat him today?

    TOP THREE AT THE FINISH

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 36 min 29 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +1min 01 sec

    3. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) +1min 35 sec

  54. 1428: 

    Team Sky's Richie Porte is on the road and pedalling hard. He had to avoid a stray balloon in the first kilometre, but it could be worse - just ask Mark Cavendish.

  55. 1427: 
    TIME-CHECK 2 - COURTILS at 22km
    Tony Martin

    The blur in the photo above is Tony Martin, resplendent in his rainbow jersey as world time trial champion. His time is still comfortably the fastest at the finish line, and at the second time check too. Tejay van Gardereren faded after his fast start and has fallen from second to 14th fastest, one minute and 40 seconds slower than Martin.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK TWO

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 24 min 42 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +39 sec

    3. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) +53 sec

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    More reaction to Mark Cavendish having urine thrown at him during today's time trial. The Manxman was pretty upset and disappointed by all accounts, but he left the finish area at Mont Saint Michel without talking to the media.

    Matt Conroy: you've gotta feel sorry for Cav, Veelers was as much to blame for yesterday's crash. Admittedly he was overly defensive with the media but I'm pretty sure that doesn't justify having urine thrown at you?

    Kate: Really feel for Cav today, he didn't do anything wrong.

    Daniel Saunders: Cav knows that tribal fans have been a part of the event since the first one - hopefully that knowledge gets him past the disgust.

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    matt newham: Fancy @richie_porte to finish top ten today and gain some time back in the GC standings.

    Porte, the Bri... I mean Australian Team Sky rider will be rolling down the start ramp at 1424 BST.

  58. 1412: 
    TIME-CHECK 1 - DUCEY at 9.5km

    Tejay van Garderen is having a miserable Tour - Jens Voigt tipped him to finish third but he is currently 50th, 35 minutes and one second behind Chris Froome - but the young American is having a decent ride today... he was second-fastest at the 9.5km time check, 18 seconds slower than Tony Martin.

    TOP THREE AT TIME-CHECK ONE

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 10 min 21 sec

    2. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC) +18 sec

    3. Lars Boom (Ned/Belkin) +22 sec

  59. 1407: 
    Practice makes perfect?
    Chris Froome

    There's a reason why Chris Froome is one of the best time triallists in the world, and why he is expected to extend his race lead today: PRACTICE.

    "Time trialling is one of those things that the more you do it, the better you become at it," Froome said. "You have that feeling of your own body, your own pace.

    "This year, I've done a few races with similar kind of time trials and I don't think there's any real secret to it. You can make small advantages with equipment. We've got a new time trial bike this year, I've spent a bit of time in a wind tunnel, which I've never done before. All of these things add up."

    A reminder Froome is last to start today's 33km time trial, at 1554 BST.

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    Ste Marmion: Might we see teamwork from the weaker Belkin/Saxo/Movistar riders in the top 10 hanging back to help the team leader?

    Nope, there is no drafting (riding in the slipstream) allowed behind other riders in the individual time trial. If they try it, they will be punished!

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    Sam Garbett: Re Chris Harvey. According to its Wiki page and the Lord Of The Rings extras DVD it was part of their artistic inspiration. What a stage finish.

  62. 1353: 

    Sorry, I've just realised I've turned Team Sky's Richie Porte British at 1342. He's actually Australian.

    Apologies, although I don't mind saying I've claimed Cadel Evans as being Welsh before now (Welsh grandfather, Welsh name, and he is from New South Wales).

  63. 1348:  
    Green Jersey, ClassificationAT THE FINISH

    Seeing as he is about 300 points ahead of his nearest rival in the points classification, you could have forgiven Peter Sagan for taking things easy today. Not so. There are still points up for grabs in the race for the green jersey if he finishes in the first 15, and Sagan wants some... he has just gone round seventh fastest of the 110 riders to finish so far, two minutes and 18 seconds slower than Tony Martin.

    TOP THREE AT THE FINISH

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 36 min 29 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +1min 01 sec

    3. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) +1min 35 sec

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    Chris Harvey: Mont Saint-Michel looks like Minas Tirith (the city from Lord of the Rings). What a backdrop!!

  65. 1342: 

    And here are a few other riders to look out for, starting with the young American rider Tejay van Garderen, who finished fifth overall in the Tour last year, but has not had such an enjoyable race this time around.

    Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC 1352 BST

    Nicolas Roche (Ire) Saxo-Tinkoff 1358

    Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 1424

    Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 1509

    Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 1530

    Daniel Martin (Ire) Garmin at 1533

    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 1536

    Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1539

  66. 1339:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Here is a reminder of when Chris Froome and the other big hitters at the top of the general classification start today's time trial.

    As race leader, Froome goes last...

    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1542 BST

    Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin at 1545

    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 1548

    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1551

    Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky at 1554

  67. 1338: 
    David Millar

    Here is David Millar in action earlier today. He is still the fastest British rider to have completed the 33km time trial course - Manxman Peter Kennaugh finished 66th fastest of the 104 riders in a time of 41 minutes and 29 seconds - but Chris Froome will be looking to change that later...

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    More reaction to Mark Cavendish having urine thrown at him during today's time trial. A few of you are making the link between this incident and Cav's part in Tuesday's collision with Tom Veelers, but that is just speculation at the moment.

    Pete in Cambs: Whoever threw the urine should be found & publicly humiliated. That's disgusting, & there was nowt wrong with that sprint, except Cav didn't win.

    Mike L: Quite frankly I'm not surprised. How can he expect to be treated nicely by the public when he apparently rams someone off their bike and more disgracefully acts like a plonker in the post race interviews. Maybe urine is a little harsh... I figure custard would be more appropriate.

    Colin, Ormskirk: Brad Wiggins was mooned during time trial at the Giro d'Italia, Chris Froome (apparently) booed before stage 9 and now a disgusting spectator does this to Cav, think people are not enjoying Britain's recent domination in cycling!

  69. 1324: 

    All eyes will be on Chris Froome later, but how have the other British riders fared today?

    With 98 riders done, David Millar is now eighth fastest (39min 03sec), Ian Stannard is 22nd (40min 07sec), his Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas is 23rd so far (40.09) and Mark Cavendish is 81st (42min 00sec).

    Pete Kennaugh is out on the course and was 76th fastest at the 22km time check.

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    David Bassett: Hopefully Chris Froome can get another minute or so on the other GC contenders today. Good luck Froome Dog.

    Geraint Powell: My prediction today is Froome will add a minute to his lead, and Quintana and Contador will overtake Valverde in the GC.

    Craig Twitchett: Go Froome! I think he will clear a bigger gap.

  71. 1308: 
    Tony Martin

    It is fair to say that the current leader Tony Martin was really travelling today. He completed the 33km (20.5 mile) time trial at an average speed of 54.271km/h (33.722 mph).

  72. 1305: 
    AT THE FINISH

    David Millar finished two minutes and 34 seconds slower than Tony Martin, who was fastest through the time checks at 9.5km and 22km, and also at the finish in Mont Saint Michel.

    Miller is seventh fastest so far, with 88 of the 182 riders home.

    TOP THREE AT THE FINISH

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 36 min 29 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +1min 01 sec

    3. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) +1min 35 sec

  73. 1255: 
    Mark Cavendish

    Here is Mark Cavendish, sitting with Dutch rider Boy Van Poppel (L) before his time trial today. He was apparently jeered by some fans while he was out on the course as well having a liquid - believed to be urine - thrown at him. Cavendish's team-mate Jerome Pineau tweeted: "Yesterday I was so proud about the support but today I am ashamed. Shame on you."

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    Re Mark Cavendish having urine thrown at him during today's time trial

    Felix Hemsley: Disgusting and disgraceful.

    Alex Haight: Glad I'm not a cyclist.

    Matt Taggart: Let's hope Cavendish redirects his anger at today's vile act into a stage win tomorrow!

  75. 1242: 

    So, will Chris Froome do some damage to his rivals today? Will he take the stage win too... and what do you make of Mark Cavendish being pelted with urine?

    Tweet me using the hashtag #bbctdf or text me on 81111 - and please put cycling and your name on all texts, otherwise I cannot use them.

  76. 1240:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Here are the standings at the top of the general classification after stage 10. If Chris Froome does hit top form - and top speed - we can expect some changes here at the end of today. When Froome last competed against Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador in a time trial he took more than two and a half minutes out of the Spaniards over a similar distance at the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

    1. Chris Froome (Britain/Team Sky) 41:52:43"

    2. Alejandro Valverde (Spain/ Movistar) +1:25"

    3. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands/Belkin) +1:44"

    4. Laurens ten Dam (Netherlands/Belkin) +1:50"

    5. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic/Saxo-Tinkoff) +1:51"

    6. Alberto Contador (Spain/Saxo-Tinkoff) SAME TIME

    7. Nairo Quintana (Colombia/Movistar) +2:02"

    8. Daniel Martin (Ireland Garmin) +2:28"

    9. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain/Katusha) +2:31"

    10. Rui Costa (Portugal/Movistar) +2:45"

  77. 1237: 
    Froome looks to extend his lead
    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome is no mean time trialist himself, but he will be more bothered about extending his overall lead today than beating Tony Martin's time and taking the stage win.

    "The time trial is potentially a big day for us in the general classification," Froome said.

    "It's in my favour as it's short, flat and it suits me. I've definitely got to try to go for it and extend my lead. I should be able to hold on to my advantage and maybe get some more time."

  78. 1232: 
    AT THE FINISH

    Germany's World time trial champion Tony Martin has, predictably, wiped the floor with the early times set in today's stage. David Millar was only seventh fastest at the first time check.

    TOP THREE AT THE FINISH

    1. Tony Martin (Ger/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 36 min 29 sec

    2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel/Vacansoleil) +1min 01 sec

    3. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) +1min 35 sec

  79. 1228: 

    And here are a few other men to watch, notably Alberto Contador, who is still very much in the race for yellow. Time trialling used to be a strength of his, but his form has not been so good of late. Oh and Britain's David Millar, who is pretty handy at this discipline, is currently out on the course.

    Peter Kennaugh (GB) Team Sky 1246

    Nicolas Roche (Ire) Saxo-Tinkoff 1358

    Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 1424

    Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 1509

    Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 1530

    Daniel Martin (Ire) Garmin at 1533

    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 1536

    Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1539

  80. 1224:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Here is when the big hitters at the top of the general classification start today's 33km time trial.

    As race leader, Chris Froome goes last...

    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 1542 BST

    Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin at 1545

    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 1548

    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 1551

    Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky at 1554

  81. 1218: 

    It sounds like Mark Cavendish has a very different yellow jersey to the one he wanted at the start of stage one. I will give you more information on this incident when I get it.

  82.   
    Matt Slater, BBC sports news reporter at Mont Saint Michel

    "I've just had it confirmed that somebody threw urine at Mark Cavendish during today's stage."

  83. 1213: 

    Cavendish is in the news today as well. It has been claimed that spectators threw urine at the Manxman during today's time trial.

  84. 1208: 
    Mark Cavendish

    The Manx Missile aka Mark Cavendish was involved in a controversial finish to Tuesday's stage 10, when he collided with Dutch rider Tom Veelers in the bunch sprint, knocking him off his bike. Cavendish finished third, after his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team failed to deliver him down the home straight. Cavendish said it was not his fault, and the race jury agreed with him.

  85. 1204: 

    The time trial began at 0856 BST this morning and the 182 surviving riders have been rolling down the start ramp at two-minute intervals ever since. They go in reverse order to their positions in the general classification, so Chris Froome is last to go, at 1554 BST.

    World time trial champion and today's favourite, Germany's Tony Martin is currently out on the course (and is the fastest through the two time checks) but here are the top three times of the day from the 59 men who have already crossed the finish line (and a few other names you might have been looking out for).

    TOP THREE

    1. Svein Tuft (Can/Orica-GreenEdge) 38 min 04 sec

    2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned/Vacansoleil) +1min 02 sec

    3. Lars Boom (Ned/Belkin) +1min 08 sec

    Britain's Ian Stannard is eighth fastest (2 min 03 sec), his Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas is ninth so far (+2 min 5 sec) and Mark Cavendish is 43rd (+3 min 56 sec). More on Cav in a minute...

  86. 1158: 
    German fan Didi Senft (known as El Diablo)

    Yep, hello and welcome to stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France, and welcome to the first 'race of truth' of this year's race. That is what individual time trials are known as, because it is just man (and bike) against the clock.

    Today's route, which starts in Avranches, is not long enough for anybody to do serious damage to the standings at the top of the General Classification, but it is still a chance for race leader Chris Froome - who won bronze in this discipline behind Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 ondon Olympics - to extend his advantage on his rivals before the race gets to the Alps.

    I've not seen much of famous Tour de France fan Didi Senft aka 'The Devil/El Diablo' in this year's race, but he was never going to miss a day like today, for the photo opportunity if nothing else.

  87. 1155: 
    Time and tide wait for no man...
    Mont Saint Michel

    The 100th Tour de France has served up some visual treats so far - remember those roads hanging off the Corsican cliffs with blue skies above, and sparkling sea below? - but the setting for the end of today's stage takes things up a notch. The riders will finish a 33km time trial in Mont Saint Michel, a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey and walled village on a tiny island off the Brittany coast.

    There is only one road on and off the island - a 3km causeway - and it is covered at high tide. I just hope the organisers read their tide tables correctly, otherwise this could be the most dramatic stage yet...

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