Chasing Le Tour: Martin speeds to ITT win

by CyclingTips

The winner of the day was Tony “Big Dog” Martin who pushed a 58×11 at an average of 54km/h to take his second Tour de France stage win. But Martin didn’t go unchallenged – Chris Froome hammered another nail in the coffin of his GC rivals today on his way to second place, putting 2 minutes into second-placed Valverde and many others. Froome now leads the GC by 3:25.

The wind picked up as the day progressed and it wasn’t until the final meters of Froome’s ITT that we knew Tony Martin was the winner. Froome laid down an impressive time trial and Martin looked like he may have been beaten when Froome was 1 second ahead at the first time check, and 2.4 seconds ahead at the second time check. However, Froome faded in the last part of the course and came in 12 seconds behind the German.

Froome’s nearest GC challenger was Bauke Mollema who came in 11th. He retained his 3rd place overall but still lost nearly 2 minutes to Froome.

What did change however was the leader of the best young rider classification. The 23-year-old Michal Kwiatkowski rode to an incredible 5th place only 1:31 behind Tony Martin. He will wear the white jersey on stage 12 having taken it back from Nairo Quintana who finished 54th, 3:28 behind Martin. I tell you, watch out for Kwiatkowski. After seeing him today and during the Spring Classics, I’m sure this kid will be the next big thing.

And just when we thought we’d seen it all from the fans, from protests to tacks on the road, someone decided to throw urine on Mark Cavendish today in what I assume was a reaction to yesterday’s crash:

And for all you number crunchers who love to look at the time splits, then look no further:

Enjoy the photos from stage 11, including some of the beautiful Mont-Saint-Michel.

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