Froome may have not won today, but he extended his lead on GC. He’s now 3’25 ahead of Alejandro Valverde and 3’37 ahead of Bauke Mollema. Alberto Contador, despite his comparatively poor (by his standards) time trial, rises to fourth on GC, 3’54 on arrears.
Avranches - Mont-Saint-Michel
Tour de France - 10 July 2013
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Froome tired in the final phase there and lost his two-second advantage from the second check. The Sky rider finished 12 seconds down on Martin, with De Gendt 1’01 down and ahead of Richie Porte and Michal Kwiatkowski.
Victory for the world time trial champion Tony Martin! Chris Froome is second and Thomas De Gendt is third.
Here comes the yellow jersey Chris Froome – and he’s slowed somewhat and crosses the line for second place, 12 seconds down on Tony Martin.
Alejandro Valverde will be able to feel the breath of Chris Froome down his back… The Spaniard approaches the finish – and he should hold on. It’s the 12th best time at 2’11 – soon to be the 13th best time.
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Froome has managed to continue his momentum – he’s two seconds quicker than Martin at the second check. At this rate, he should win it by three seconds today…
Contador is only 1'14 quicker than his compatriot Rodriguez. Is that the Spaniard’s Tour over? He certainly won’t be able to win this race any more…
Joaquim Rodriguez comes home a huge 3’28 down on the leader Martin at the finish. The Katusha climber will have to do a fair bit of attacking in the Alps…
FROOME IS ON FIRE! The yellow jersey is one second ahead of Tony Martin at the first check – but has he gone out too fast on the first section, which is slightly downhill and has a favourable tailwind?
Contador is having a shocker. The Spaniard is 1’23 down on Martin at the second check.
Froome looks very fluid on his special black and yellow Pinarello time trial machine. He’s nothing like the poetry in motion that is Bradley Wiggins, and his back isn’t as flat as his absent team-mate, but he’s still one of the most accomplished riders against the clock out there.
Omega Pharma have two riders in the top five at the finish at the moment – Michal Kwiatkowski in fourth and Sylvain Chavanel in sixth.
The yellow jersey rolls down the ramp! Chris Froome is, on paper, the only other rider who could challenge Tony Martin’s time. But the big question is more how large his lead will be on GC tonight over whoever is in second place… I’m predicting three minutes.
Andy Schleck reaches Mont-Saint-Michel a huge four minutes and 43 seconds down on Tony Martin, for 106th place. Not ideal for the Luxembourger – but he’s never liked these time trials.
Both Dutchmen from Belkin – Mollema and Ten Dam – are on course, and Alejandro Valverde is now down the ramp. Contador has just passed through the first check 27 seconds down.
Roman Kreuziger is up next – and we’re now into the top five. The white jersey Nairo Quintana is already on the road. The Colombian is not an ITT specialist so this will be a tricky 40 minutes for him.
Australian Michael Rogers is going strong and will post a decent time at the finish. His Saxo-Tinkoff team-mate Alberto Contador is just about to roll down the ramp. It’s a big day for him. If he produced a duff time, the Spaniard could find himself more than three minutes down on Froome before the Ventoux on Sunday.
Rolland rolls home relaxed and hardly breaking sweat to post a time 4’15 down on Martin. Chris Froome is warming up in a special yellow skin suit with matching yellow sunglasses, listening to an iPod.
It’s the fifth best time for Sylvain Chavanel at the finish, 1’35 down on Martin.
Andy Schleck looks very concentrated as he starts his ITT. These have never been his favourite part of any grand tour…
Cadel Evans is shaking his head as he prepares himself in the start hut, so there’s something he’s not happy about. Down the ramp rolls the BMC veteran. He’ll be hoping for a decent ride today to give his Tour a kick-start.
Here comes Porte… and it’s the third best time at the finish for the Australian, 1’20 down on Martin.
Richie Porte is 53 seconds down on Martin at the second check, which he crosses moments before catching Lampre’s Przemyslaw Niemiec.
Sylvain Chavanel, the French national time trial champion, is riding very well. The OPQS man crosses the first check just seven seconds down on Tony Martin for the second best time.
Pierre Rolland is down the ramp for Europcar. He’s wearing red shorts on his skin suit today – not the polka dot bib shorts he’s been sporting for the best part of a week.
Richie Porte posts the seventh best time at the first check, 25 seconds down on Tony Martin. He’s riding for his pride – but may have been told to hold something back in reserve because his job is to support Froome now, and not ride for himself.
Peter Velits, the Slovakian national time trial champion, posts the 10th best time at the finish – almost two and a half minutes down on Martin.
Porte has to avoid a yellow balloon that bounces onto the road into his path – but it’s hardly a heart-in-mouth moment. Also on the course now is Damiano Cunego, who has the most enormous thighs. For a climber, those are extraordinary. Perhaps that’s why he’s not much of a climber any more.
One week ago, Richie Porte would not have expected to be rolling down the ramp so early – but the Tasmanian lost all that time in the second Pyrenean stage and his GC ambitions (he’s 20 minutes down) have been left in tatters. Still, this will be a chance for him to show what he can do and ride a few places on GC – but his main priority going forward will still be supporting his friend and team-mate Chris Froome in his bid to take the yellow all the way to Paris.
After a solid start, Tejay van Garderen has cracked. The American, who was second at the first check, comes through the second 1’40 down on Martin for the 14th best time. But his time isn’t as bad as Thibaut Pinot, who crosses the check in a time of 2’27. The French youngster has had a nightmare of a Tour trying to live up to the expectations that followed his 10th place debut ride last year.
Canada's Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin-Sharp is on the road. He's been disappionting so far in this Tour - as in the Giro.
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Second best time for American youngster Tejay van Garderen of BMC, who passes through the first check 18 seconds down on Tony Martin. This is better from TVG, who's had a troubled start to this Tour.
Down the ramp rolls Daryl Impey, the former yellow jersey, who is the South African time trial champion. It will be interesting to see how the GreenEdge rider goes today.
Edvald Boasson Hagen could only muster a 20th place at the finish, 3'27 down on leader Tony Martin. In his defence, the Sky rider has been working hard for team leader Chris Froome, but that said, you'd expect a bit better from a national champion.
Philippe Gibert after his ITT: "It's a hard course and it's really one for the specialists." The Belgian announced yesterday that he had signed an extension of his BMC contract through to 2016, with a strong focus to be placed on the one-day classics.
Peter Sagan has posted a top ten time, 2'18 down on Martin for 7th place at the finish. He;s three seconds slower than Lars Bak of Lotto Belisol, who is now in sixth. A bit later, Philippe Gilbert came home 2'54 in arrears. The Belgian started well with the tailwinds but slowed considerably in the second half of the ITT.
Peter Sagan is going strong - the seventh best time at the second check, 1'31 behind Martin. Philippe Gilbert, on the other hand, has slowed down after his fast start - he's 1'47 down in provisional 13th.
Rein Taramae comes through the second check in 13th place, 1'59 down on Tony Martin. The Estonian has had a troubled Tour so far - gone are the days when he used to be a top 20 candidate.
Philippe Gilbert is going strong - just 25 seconds down on Martin in 5th place at the first check.
And fifth time for Jonathan Castroviejo at the finish too - the Spaniard coming home 1'52 down on Martin. Jeremy Roy is currently the fourth best rider, 1'43 down.
Fifth best time for Castroviejo at the second check, 1'24 down on Tony Martin.
Green jersey Peter Sagan is on the road too - he's a tidy time triallist, plus very competitive, so expect quite a fast time from the Slovakian.
Philippe Gilbert is on the road now - and it's strange seeing him in normal BMC gear. As he is only the road race world champion, the Belgian is not allowed to wear his usual rainbow stripes.
OPQS manager Patrick Lefevere has confirmed that a bottle of urine was thrown at Mark Cavendish during his ride, although hastens to add: "I don't know what urine tastes like". Pretty shameful, that.
Teak Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen, the Norwegian national time trial champion, rolls down the ramp. He'll be looking to post a top ten today on a rare stage where he can focus on himself - and not his team-mate Chris Froome.
David Millar is consistent in his ITT, taking the seventh best time at the second check and then the seventh best time at the finish, 2'34 down on the current leader Tony Martin, who will take some beating.
Castroviejo sets the seventh best time at the first check, seven seconds down on Martin's target time. Britain's David Millar has the eighth best time, the Garmin-Sharp rider crossing the check at 15 seconds from the lead.
Tony Martin's average speed of 54.3kmh will be hard to beat today - even by an in-form Christ Froome in yellow. Remember, Martin is the world champion - plus took silver in the Olympic Games, with Froome taking the bronze.
Spanish national time trial champion Jonathan Castroviejo rolls down the ramp. He rode really hard for Movistar team-mates Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana on Sunday's second stage in the Pyrenees, so it will be interesting to see how he's recovered.
Thomas De Gendt and Tony Martin have both finished their ITTs and top the new leader board. It's the German OPQS chrono specialist with the best time, coming home in the shade of Mont-Saint-Michel in a new target time of 36'29. Belgian De Gendt, of Vacansoleil-DCM, is in second place 1'01 in arrears, 34 seconds quicker than Svein Tuft, who drops to third place.
Thomas De Gendt crosses the second check point for the fastest time but moments later Tony Martin passes to leap-frog the Dutchman at the top. Martin leads at 22km with a time of 24'42, with De Gendt second at 39' and Tuft third at 53'. De Gendt is getting faster though - he was one second down on Tuft at the first check, but made up 15 seconds over the second phase.
NEW BEST TIME: Tony Martin, as expected, roars through the first time check with 22 seconds over Boom and Tuft. The German's time of 10'21 is the new target at the 9.5km mark.
Lars Boom clearly went off too hard today - the Dutchman comes through the second check and he's 48 seconds down on Tuft now. It's the third best time at the check.
Tony Martin is down the ramp to start his time trial - he's the big favourite today, although it remains to be seen how he rides with all those scrapes and bruises from the opening stage.
It's not nice to have to report this, but according to his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mate Jerome Pineau, Mark Cavendish was wolf-whistled today, plus had spectators throw bottles of urine at him during his ride... "Yesterday, I was proud with all the support but today I am ashamed."
BOOM! Dutchman Lars Boom (Belkin) posts the same time as Svein Tuft at the first check, crossing the point in a time of 10'43. We have a race on our hands...
An average speed of 52kmh for Svein Tuft is quite an incredible time for a 36-year-old riding into a headwind. That said, as Jack Bauer mentioned, the first section of this course is slightly downhill and fast. It will be interesting to see how quick the main men go - the likes of world time trial champion Tony Martin and the yellow jersey Chris Froome.
Britain's Mark Cavendish has just come home with the 25th best tome, 3'56 down on the leader Tuft.
Garmin-Sharp's Jack Bauer completed the ITT with the current third-best time, 1'42 down on leader Svein Tuft. The New Zealander said afterwards: "The first 12km are very fast but then there's a very strong headwind, especially by the sea. It will be interesting to see what happens with the wind later today. The trick is to conserve energy for the second part of the course, because to start with it's slightly downhill."
So far, no one has come close to Svein Tuft's time at any of the checks - the Canadian leading Dutchman Westra at both intermediates and the finish.
A reminder of the green jersey standings after yesterday's stage: Peter Sagan still leads, although he only managed fourth in Saint-Malo. The Slovak leads Andre Greipel by 85 points with Mark Cavendish a further 20 points back. Yesterday's winner Marcel Kittel is in fourth, a huge 137 points down on Sagan.
Britain's Geraint Thomas, who is riding with a small fracture in his pelvis, has set the third best time at the finish so far - but the Team Sky man is 2'05 down on leader Tuft.
To give you an idea of how good that early time from Svein Tuft was - Lieuwe Westra, the Dutch national time trial champion, was third down the ramp today and he clocked a time 1'02 slower than the Canadian on the 33km course.
Although he started second today, Svein Tuft has passed the Tour's lanterne rouge, Dimitry Murayev, to be the first rider to arrive at Mont-Saint-Michel. The Canadian is an eight-time national time trial champion and, at 36, is the oldest Tour debutant this year. The Orica-GreenEdge rider's time of 38'04 will not be beaten for quite a while. His sporting director Lorenzo Lapage tipped him yesterday for a podium finish today.
Svein Tuft also has the quickest time at the second check, coming over in 25'52. Second place is Westra, 21 seconds down.
The current target time at the first check is 10'43 set by Svein Tuft. Lieuwe Westra is at eight seconds, and then Stuart O'Grady is at 43 seconds.
The time checks today come at the 9.5km and 22km marks, and then the finish at 33km.
The following are national time trial champions, plus their start times: 12:56 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway), 11:54 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus), 11:40 Maciek Bodnar (Poland), 10:22 Brian Vandborg (Denmark), 11:56 Gatis Smukulis (Latvia), 12:34 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain), 15:27 Rui Costa (Portugal), 14:36 Sylvain Chavanel (France), 13:50 Peter Velits (Slovakia), 14:02 Daryl Impey (South Africa), 09:32 Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands).
Some start times to look out for (all in UK time): 11:36 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), 12:14 David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) , 14:54 Richie Porte (Team Sky), 15:09 Cadel Evans (BMC), 15:39 Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), 15:54 Chris Froome (Team Sky).
Online readers can follow live timing of the early runners in today's 33km ITT above the map at the top of the page. If you're following on your smart phone, we will be putting in regular updates for any talking points before taking up the minute-by-minute commentary of event later in the stage.
Also already down the ramp is Tom Veelers, the man involved in that incident with Mark Cavendish at the finish yesterday. The Dutchman went down heavy after Cavendish appeared to clip him with his arm - but a close inspection showed that the Argos-Shimano man had slowed and drifted into his rival's path. If anything, it was a race incident - and nothing deliberate from either party.
The second rider to start was Canadian Svein Tuft who, at 36 years of age, is the oldest Tour debutant in this year's race. The Orica-GreenEdge rider is pretty handy against the clock so his time will probably be the target time for a large portion of the day before the big guns get going.
It's a sunny day in Normandy but the temperatures are clement: 20 degrees Celsius at the moment, although this will no doubt warm up come midday. There is a wind of 20kmh which may get a bit more blustery along the famous tidal causeway towards the finish.
The first of 182 riders is down the ramp! Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Murayev of Astana is last in the general classification and so first to start. The riders will leave at two-minute intervals until we get to the top 25, when the intervals will be three minutes.
There were no changes in the overall standings, with Britain's Chris Froome of Team Sky arriving safely to retain his 1:25 lead over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Team Belkin's Dutch pair Bauke Mollema and Laurens Ten Dam are third and fourth at 1:44 and 1:50 respectively.
Yesterday, Germany's Marce Kittel became the first rider to win two stages on the 100th edition of the Tour with victory in a bunch sprint in Saint-Malo over compatriot Andre Greipel. There were fireworks at the finish, however, when Mark Cavendish was involved in an incident with Kittel's lead-out man Tom Veelers, who crashed in the final 200m.
Welcome to live coverage of stage 11 of the Tour de France - a 33km individual time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel. This is the first of two races against the clock for the riders, with the second coming next week at the business end of the Tour.