Wednesday July 10th, 2013

Stage 11Avranches / Mont-Saint-Michel

Start 10h00 GMT 2+

Tony Martin's date with Mont-Saint-Michel...

Sporting stakes09.07.2013Stage 11- Avranches / Mont-Saint-Michel

There are a handful of riders who have been studying the course of the 33km time trial to Mont-Saint-Michel since they knew it was part of the itinerary for the 100th Tour de France. In what has been widely acknowledged to be a route for the climbers, this flat stage of racing nothing other than the clock will mess with the minds of riders like Joaquim Rodriguez. The Spanish rider who finished the 2012 season as the world number-one, is generally impressive in the mountains but his second- and third-place overall in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España were largely the result of losses in TTs.

Chris Froome said after stage 10 that he believes the course suits him: “flat and fast” was his appraisal. It's a contrast to the test against the clock that comes in the third week but still the Olympic bronze medallist in this discipline last year, is ready to minimise his losses on GC and perhaps even improve his advantage on the other climbing specialists who don't fair so well in this sort of race.

Tony Martin may have crashed on day one but he admitted that his wounds are healing, that he could finally sleep on his bike without pain from the road race sustained near Bastia on day one, and that his confidence is high. This appraisal of form by the time trial world champion adds up to one conclusion: everyone else is likely to be racing for second place...

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