Froome now leads Contador by 3:34 on GC with Kreuziger now third place.
Embrun - Chorges
Tour de France - 17 July 2013
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Top three today: 1. Froome 55'33, 2. Contador +9, 3. Rodriguez +10.
Froome is all smiles - he's won his third stage and extended his lead over second place. It will take a disaster for him not to loose this Tour de France now.
Here comes Chris Froome and he will win this one - but it will be close. Nine seconds! His third victory on the Tour to date.
Mollema crosses the line two minutes down for 10th place and so will lose his second place to Contador today.
Bauke Mollema rides into the barrier on the same corner that took down Peraud! He didn't come off his bike, but slammed into the barriers - and that sums up his day really.
Froome is estimated at riding 3 seconds ahead of Contador... we will soon see.
It is raining very heavily now, so that may save Contador and act to Froome's disadvantage. The British rider looks to be taking things very carefully.
Contador grits his teeth as he sprints for the line - and he just pips Rodriguez by one second over the line! But will it be enough? Froome is on a TT bike but has a 11-second deficit to make up...
TV replays of Jean-Christophe Peraud's crash were horrible: the Frenchman slipped on a tight bend and fell directly onto the right collarbone which he broke only hours earlier while doing a recon of the course.
Second best time for Roman Kreuziger at the finish, 13 seconds down on Rodriguez. Just four more to come.
Third best time for Quintana at the finish - and ahead of his white jersey rival Kwiatkowski.
Fourth best time for Froome at the third check, 11 seconds down on Contador. BUT he changed his bike before the check point and was comfortably ahead. He may well now ride to the win on his TT bike - remember, Contador did not change his bike.
Mollema is having a shocker - 1'53 down on Contador at the third check.
Joaquim Rodriguez crosses the finish line to set the new best time, 20 seconds clear than compatriot Valverde. Could this be the first stage win for Spain on the 2013 Tour?
Best time for Contador at the third check! Six seconds ahead of Rodriguez - but he was 23 seconds clear at the previous check...
Jean-Christophe Peraud has crashed 2km from the finish! The Frenchman crashed on the same descent in the morning and broke his collarbone. This second crash has ruled him out of the race... sad news.
Second best time for Kreuziger at the third check atop the second climb, 3 seconds down on Rodriguez. He has not changed onto a TT bike though, unlike the Spaniard.
The white jersey Nairo Quintana gets over the second climb in the third best time, 37 seconds down on Rodriguez, before changing his bike and continuing on his way to the finish.
Ten Dam, with slobber and spittle hanging from his mouth like Beethoven the St Bernard, is a huge 1'41 down at the third split. He may drop further down the top ten today.
Froome is 20 seconds down on Contador at the second check - which shows that he's not taking any risks out there.
Second best time for Kwiatkowski, 1'03 down on Valverde, at the finish.
Mollema is 59 seconds down at the second check, so has improved a little on the descent. Froome up next.
At the second check, Contador leads his team-mate Kreuziger by 8 seconds, with Rodriguez third at 23 seconds.
Second best time at the finish for Andrew Talansky, who comes home 1'11 down on Valverde.
After easing up a bit, the rain has started again. That will act in favour of Valverde.
This is going to be tight: Chris Froome crosses the first split just two seconds down on Contador to set the second best time after the first climb.
Bauke Mollema is having a bit of a shocker, reaching the first split a full 1'07 down on Alberto Contador. He'll drop to third tonight.
Cadel Evans finishes a massive 7'33 down on the new leader Valverde - that was absolutely atrocious.
What a final time fro Alejandro Valverde - the Spaniard has taken a huge 1'21 off Tejay van Garderen at the finish to move into the provisional lead.
CONTADOR IS ON FIRE: The Spaniard takes 17 seconds off Rodriguez at the first check.
Kreuziger matches Valverde at the first check, three seconds down on Rodriguez.
It's only the 8th best time for Quintana at the first check, 33 seconds down on Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is on a roll: the Spaniard is nine seconds quicker than Valverde at the second check.
Kwiatkowski is going well - just three seconds down on Valverde at the second split in the valley.
Best time for Joaquim Rodrigurz at the first time check! Three seconds ahead of his compatriot Valverde...
Chapeau Andy! Schleck sets the third best time at the finish, 36 seconds down on Van Garderen.
Yellow jersey Chris Froome is a picture of concentration as he powers down the ramp and starts his race of truth.
Dutchman Bauke Mollema gets his ITT under way for Belkin. Can he hold Contador at bay?
VALVERDE IS REALLY FLYING: He sets the new best time at the third split atop the second climb. The Spaniard took a whole 59 seconds off Van Garderen's effort... Now just the final 12km ride to Chorges.
Despite his injury, Peraud set the 17th best time at the first check, 52 seconds down on Valverde.
Alberto Contador is on course, so we have just the two riders left... Can Contador do anything to shake this Tour up today?
J-C Peraud almost comes a cropped on the first downhill, riding a corner wide and dangerously close to the verge. With his shoulder injury, it's the downhills that are going to be really hard for the Frenchman.
Roman Kreuziger is the first of two remaining Saxo-Tinkoff riders to roll down the ramp. He's got to be one of the favourites today...
We're into the top five now with Nairo Quintana rolling down the ramp. The white jersey from Movistar, on paper, should set the best time at the first split.
Laurens ten Dam of Belkin has started. The Dutchman dropped out of the top five yesterday.
Impressive from Andrew Talansky - the young American is third at the first check, 18 seconds down on Valverde and 20 seconds ahead of van Garderen.
Valverde had set the best time at the second check after the first descent: 15 seconds quicker than De Gendt. The Spaniard is going very well.
Next up is Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha. He should ride well on this course - provided the weather isn't too much of a factor.
Jakob Fuglsang of Astana has started. The rain looks to have eased up now for the top ten.
Pierre Rolland to France2: "It was a good time trial but my problem was that it started raining when I was doing the first downhill. Seeing what happened this morning with Jean-Christophe [Peraud] I didn't want to take any risks and so I lost more than three minutes on that downhill. Tomorrow is a different day. Everyone knows that what Alpe d'Huez means to me after my win there in 2011."
It's the 110th time for Pierre Rolland, more than five minutes down on Van Garderen at the finish. He had three days in the Alps to save his Tour...
Jean-Christophe Peraud, who fell this morning in training to crack his collarbone, rolls down the ramp. This will be an hour of pain for the Frenchman...
New best time at the first check: Alejandro Valverde is 16 seconds ahead of Thomas De Gendt's target time - that's a huge 38 seconds quicker than the man who currently leads at the finish, Tejay van Garderen.
Dan Martin, the stage 9 winner, is on the road.
Richie Porte is taking this ITT pretty leisurely: he's 2'04 down on Van Garderen at the third split on the summit of the second climb.
Michal Kwiatkowski rolls down the ramp and we now have just the top ten riders left to start this second ITT.
Fourth quickest time for Andy Schleck at the first check, 18 seconds down on De Gendt. But it's the downhill that will test him...
Pierre Rolland is having a stinker: he crosses the third split at the top of the second climb more han four minutes down and in 119th position - which is slower even than non-climbers like Marcel Seiberg.
Tejay Van Garderen: "I felt ok, I just tried going through the motions. Usually when I do a time trial I'm concentrating on the GC but not today. It started to rain just on my second downhill, but the first descent, the more dangerous one, was dry. We'll see, maybe I have a chance of winning because of the weather. Froome will nto want to take too many risks."
Jean-Christophe Peraud is on the rollers, with his right shoulder bandaged. He crashed this morning in training and fractured his collarbone... but continues.
Andy Schleck is on the first climb and he, more than anyone, will not like what's in stall over the top. The downhill for him will be hellish.
Here comes Jeannesson - he was just 10 seconds down at the first split, but then it started raining, and now he's crossing the finish line just over a minute down on Van Garderen.
Cadel Evans rolls down the ramp. This time two years ago, Evans approached the final time trial knowing that a good ride would put him in yellow. This year, a good ride may just put him into the top 15.
Movistar's Rui Costa, yesterday's stage winner, rolls down the ramp in hsi white Portuguese national time trial champion's jersey. Still dry at the start...
Rolland is almost walking down the descent he's going so slowly. There are going to be some huge time gaps to Van Garderen today.
Pierre Rolland is currently on the first descent and it's very, very wet. The Frenchman wouldn't like this downhill in the dry, but this makes it even worse. His compatriot Sylvain Chavanel, the national time trial champion, is down the ramp on his orange bike.
Team Sky DS Nicolas Portal just told French TV that the yellow jersey Chris Froome will take no risks on the descents in the rain - even if it means losing some time to his rivals.
Richie Porte of Team Sky rolls down the ramp. It will be interesting to see how he rides. The Australian will have his own ambitions, but he'll be under team orders not to take any risks because of the job left in hand. He is, of course, Chris Froome's right-hand man.
Speaking at the finish after his earlier effort, Thomas Voeckler said: "If it rains, the winner will be one of the riders who did the course while the roads were dry." The rain, at the moment, is very localised. Jeannesson, for instance, is getting drenched on his way up the first climb, but Andreas Kloden is very dry going up it.
Here comes Tejay van Garderen - and he's going to be the new leader - by a long way! The American takes 33 seconds off Izaguirre's time and that will be hard to beat - especially if it starts to rain heavily.
The grey rain clouds look very ominous as Jeannesson gingerly makes his way down this sinuous descent, which is riddled with potholes. Some rain drops are falling, but the road is still dry at the moment.
Arnold Jeannesson, third yesterday, has caught Eduoard Vorganov on the first climb. He's going very well - at least, it looks good. Over the summit he goes - but we haven't been given a time split for him yet. The Russian drafts him for a while before dropping back. Ah yes, here we go - Jeannesson has set the second best time, 10 seconds down on De Gendt.
Tejay van Garderen reaches the summit of the second climb to set the new best time at the third split: eight seconds ahead of Izaguirre. The young American then comes to a standstill before changing his bike for the long 12km run down to Chorges.
The rain has started to fall - albeit only lightly, and on the second climb.
Van Garderen takes the third best time at the second split, 23 seconds down on De Gendt. The young American has been third at both splits now.
Peter Sagan, the green jersey, was caught by Cofidis's Rudy Molard on the second climb before crossing the line 3'33 down on the leader Izaguirre at the finish.
Van Garderen crosses the summit of the first climb 22 seconds down on De Gendt's target time at the first split.
Interestingly, the new leader Ion Izaguirre was using a time trial bike - which has not been the norm so far. At least, he finished on a TT bike - we're not yet sure if he started on a road bike for the two climbs before changing ahead of the final descent into Chorges. The Spaniard's average speed for the stage was 35.578 kmh.
Regarding bike changes, the riders are not allowed to change bikes with someone waiting at the side of the road - all bike changes must be made by the support car. A reminder of this rule from Jean-Francois Pescheux may have influenced Tony Martin's decision to change his bike just the once and not the intial three times he had planned.
NEW LEADER! Ion Izaguirre loses time on the descent but manages to cross the line 4 seconds ahead of Westra to set the new target time of 53'58.
Down the ramp rolls Tejay van Garderen of BMC. The American has had a terrible Tour so far and is well down on GC, nowhere near replicating his white jersey-winning form of last year.
New best time for Ion Izaguirre at the third check, shaving one second off De Gendt. But remember - Westra was 30 seconds slower than De Gendt at the same check, and still came out on top. Izaguirre will therefore need a very strong descent into Embrun if he wants to rock the boat.
At the finish, Lieuwe Westra said it was "one of the hardest time trials I've ever done". He added: "The wind isn't a factor early today it's only the climbs that make it hard. It's also a fast downhill and when if it rains it's going to be very dangerous." Westra said that he saw Froome or Quintana as favourites for the stage - although the weather could be a factor is the rain comes...
TAARAMAE GOES CLOSE: The Finnish rider, who had has a torrid Tour for Cofidis, crosses the line in Embrun 11 seconds down on Westra, the current leader.
Second best time at the second check for Izaguirre now, 20 seconds down on De Gendt.
On the first descent Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ), who isn't having a particularly good time trial, has almost caught Sky's Peter Kennaugh, who must be taking things very slowly with the big three days in the Alps ahead.
Thomas De Gendt finishes the ITT 11 seconds slower than Vacansoleil team-mate Lieuwe Westra, who really did put in an impressive final descent. So, we have two Vacansoleil riders at the top of the privisional standings, although Rein Taaramae has just gone through the third check 13 seconds down on De Gendt and in second place. Watch this space...
Second best time at the first check for Ion Izaguirre, whose brother Gorka pulled out of the race with a fever this morning. The Euskaltel rider is 12 seconds down on De Gendt at the first check.
De Gendt continues his fine ride with the best time atop the second climb, 17 seconds down on De Marchi. He now has that long downhill where Westra really excelled. It will be interesting to see if the Belgian can topple his Dutch team-mate...
Jeremy Roy said that today's first descent was "scary" while Marcel Kittel was overheard saying he almost crashed 10 times during his ITT. Dan Martin also told reporters that he felt this was the most technical time trial ever to appear in a Tour de France - so that gives you an idea of how hard it is for the riders out there. Throw in the expected showers coming later on, and we could be in for some drama.
De Gendt is having a storming ride and has increased his lead at the second split after the first, highly technical descent. He's 35 seconds clear of the previous best time set by Alessandro De Marchi.
Martin was flying in the last segment, and passed Jonathan Castroviejo before the finish. The Spanish national time trial champion finished a whole 5'36 behind Westra.
Tony Martin made up some time but could still only set the third best time at the finish, 37 seconds behind Lieuwe Westra.
Rapid first split time from Thomas De Gendt! The Belgian shaves a huge 25 seconds off team-mate Westra's previous target time and is going like there's no tomorrow. Remember, the Vacansoleil rider was a surprise third in the last ITT and doesn't mind going uphill.
Lieuwe Westra keeps hold of the provisional lead at the finish after Alessandro De Marchi comes home 13 seconds down. The Italian lead at the second two splits, but couldn't sustain it on the long downhill to Embrun.
It's not going to be Tony Martin's day: the German is 57 seconds down at the third split atop the second climb, with just the long downhill to the finish. He will change his bike, however, and so could recoup lots of time - but surely not a whole minute.
Alessandro De Marchi is going very well - the Italian gets to the third split atop the second climb with 13 seconds over previous leader Westra. Just the 12km ride to the finish now...
Bjarne Riis has told Danish media that Alberto Contador will not change his bike at all today, and will ride a standard road bike with TT handlebars and a disc wheel.
It seems Tony Martin has changed his plans and will now change his bike just the once. Martin recoups some time on the descent and is now 10 seconds slower than the new leader, Alessandro De Marchi, at the second split. The Italian came through six seconds quicker than Paulinho and nine seconds faster than Westra.
Garmin-Sharp's David Millar is wearing an aero helmet but is riding a standard road bike - without even a pair of aero clip-on bars.
Frenchman Jeremy Roy sets the new second best time at the finish, 58 seconds down on Westra, the current leader. Moments laterm however, Moreno Moser of Cannondale moves into second place, 51 down on Westra.
Tony Martin struggled with the first climb - he's just come through the first split 22 seconds down on Westra. Can he make it up on the downhill?
Alessandro De Marchi is going well, the Italian from Cannondale crossing the first split just 10 seconds down on Westra to take provisional second place.
Remember, we have three time splits today, coming at 6.5km (summit of the Puy-Sanieres), 13.5km (the bottom of the first technical descent at Picoune) and 20km (the summit of the second climb at Reallon).
Paulinho clearly prefers going down than up: the Portuguese rider drops from 1st at the second split to fifth at the third, atop the second climb, 42 seconds down on Westra.
Tony Martin, the winner of the first time trial at Mont-Saint-Michel, rolls down the ramp. He's ruled himself out of winning today's stage, but he reckons he has a chance of posting a decent time. According to OPQS's DS Rolf Aldag, he'll change his bike three times today...
Sergio Paulinho (Saxo-Tinkoff) has set the new best time at the second split, after the first descent. He took three seconds off Westra, whom he trailed atop the climb by 22 seconds.
Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) has the best time at the finish at the moment, coming home in 54'02. Frenchman Romain Sicard (Euskaltel) was 59 seconds down in second place. Westra's time will not be beaten for quite a while, it seems.
Good news for French fans: Jean Christophe Peraud will take to the start after all. He crashed this morning and cracked his collarbone, but will continue the Tour - or at least, start today's ITT and see how it goes. He's 9th on GC at the moment.
We're hearing that Chris Froome will only change his bike once today - at the top of the second climb and ahead of the long 12km downhill towards the finish. Remember, Froome will not get his ITT going until much later today - at 15:33 UK time.
Romain Sicard has been riding well and posts the second best time at the second check, 14 seconds down on leader Westra.
Westra has increased his lead over O'Grady back up to 42 seconds after the second climb - so perhaps his slow second split was down to a bike change? Either that, or he just took the downhill very gingerly.
Not a good ride from Geraint Thomas of Sky, who comes home in fifth place for now, 1'43 down on O'Grady. The Welshman crashed heavily on the opening stage and has been working hard for team-mate Chris Froome ever since. His efforts have clearly caught up with him.
Stuart O'Grady sets the new fastest time at the finish, taking 26 seconds off Marcel Kittel. His is the new target time of 55'24.
Peraud update: his collarbone is not broken, but cracked. And there is a chance he may be able to ride today's stage... Watch this space. It would be a nasty way to end his race so let's keep our fingers crossed. That said, having to get to Paris and over the mountains in considerable pain would be no fun for anyone concerned...
Westra may have climbed well, but the first downhill segment clearly caused him some bother: the Dutchman still leads, but only has one second on O'Grady - so he lost 37 seconds there.
Lieuwe Westra, who is well suited to this kind of course in that he's the Dutch national time trial champion plus knows how to climb a fair bit, has set the new best time at the first check - a large 38 seconds quicker than the previous best time of O'Grady. His effort of 15'41 should stand for a while.
Back to the riders on the road, and we have a new leader: Jonathan Hivert did hold the lead at the finish, but German's Marcel Kittel came home in a time of 55'50, six seconds faster, to set a new target time.
There will be no time trial for Gorka Izagirre of Euskaltel today after the Spaniard decided to withdraw from the race ahead of the Alps. His brother, Ion, could do well today and going forward, though.
We're hearing that Jean Christophe Peraud broke his collarbone in that recon crash this morning, which would rule him out of the rest of the Tour. He was France's only rider in the top ten. That means his Ag2R-La Mondiale team-mate Romain Bardet would be the best placed French rider on GC, in 21st place.
News coming in that Tony Martin plans to change his bike three times during the course - THREE! That's once at each time check - at the top of both climbs and in the valley between. Jakob Fuglsang will change once, while Alberto Contador is said to be using the same bike throughout. No word on Chris Froome yet...
Australian veteran Stuart O'Grady has set the new best time at the first split, coming over two seconds quicker than Jonathan Hivert in a time of 16'19.
Orica-GreenEdge's Svein Tuft, the first down the ramp, is the first to finish, setting a target time of 59'34 at the finish.
We're hearing news that French veteran Christophe Peraud crashed while testing out the course this morning. The Ag2R-La Mondiale rider is currently 9th on GC but hurt his shoulders and has been taken to hospital for tests. Let's hope he'll be cleared to ride later this afternoon. It does show how tricky this course is, however.
So far the riders have opted for standard road bikes. Some have clipped on special aero bars, but many haven't bothered, give the exceptional parcours of this ITT.
Jonathan Hivert also has the best current time at the second check at Picoune, at the bottom of the first descent. The Frenchman crossed the split in 23'26 - which is 3secs faster than Marcel Kittel (Argos Shimano), who came over the summit 11 seconds down on Hivert.
Tony Martin, who won the first time trial at Mont-Saint-Michel, doesn't fancy his chances today. "If I say I am going to win on Wednesday, I might as well say that I am also capable of winning at L'Alpe d'Huez," he said. "With the right motivation and if the circumstances are perfect, then I could get lucky, but this is not a classic time-trial."
Currently, six riders have gone through the first check at the top of the first climb and it's Jonathan Hivert (Sojasun) who has the best time: 16 minutes 21 seconds. Hivert was the last rider to complete the Mont Ventoux stage, incidentally. He finished 50 minutes down on the winner Chris Froome!
Before the top 21 riders, here are some start times to look out for: Geraint Thomas (Sky) 09:49, Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) 10:15, Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) 11:37, Tony Martin (OPQS) 11:39, David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) 11:51, Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) 12:05, Peter Kennaugh (Sky) 12:35, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) 13:25, Richie Porte (Sky) 14:23.
The riders are leaving at intervals of two minutes at the moment, until 21st place Daniel Moreno (Katusha) who will be the first to leave with a gap of three minutes. Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) will be the first rider in the top ten to roll down the ramp, at 15:06 UK time.
We have three time splits today, coming at 6.5km (summit of the Puy-Sanieres), 13.5km (the bottom of the first technical descent at Picoune) and 20km (the summit of the second climb at Reallon).
The sun is out and it's a cooler 22 degrees Celsius. There had been talk of rain in the afternoon yesterday so we will have to wait and see it that materialises - that would make things trickier for the race favourites, but perhaps more interesting for us viewers...
Sven Tuft leave the starting house to get this intriguing ITT under way. The Canadian finished 6th in the last time trial at Mont-Saint-Michel after leading for a long period at the start. The thing is, today's parcours is an entirely different preposition, what with the two climbs, so he will not place so high.
The first rider to roll down the ramp today will be Canada's Svein Tuft, the Lanterne Rouge from Orica-GreenEdge. Tuft will start at 09:17 UK time, with Team Sky's Chris Froome, the yellow jersey, not in action until 15:33 UK time.
Finally, Peter Sagan has all but won the green jersey thanks to a 99-point lead accrued over the past couple of weeks. The Slovakian youngster tried to get into the main break yesterday but his move was foiled. Given the terrain over the next few days, he may well have to wait until Paris to add to his huge 377-point tally and add to his solitary stage win. Given his Tour, however, he'll probably finish second on the Champs Elysees like he has on four occasions so far...
As just mentioned, Colombian climber Nairo Quintana is the white jersey as best young rider. The 23-year-old from Movistar actually moved one place higher into 5th place on GC yesterday after Dutchman Laurens ten Dam (Belkin) missed the split on the final climb. Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski was also distanced on the climb, so the OPQS rider drops a bit further back on both GC and also the battle for white. He trails Quintana by 3:50, with American Andrew Talansky (Garmin) third at 7:45.
Froome retains his polka dot jersey ahead of three successive days in the high mountains - although once again it will be the Spaniard Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel) who wears the spotted outfit. Nieve is in fact third on the KOM standings but wears the polka dots because Froome is in yellow and Nairo Quintana is in white. Froome has 83 points, Quintana 66, Nieve 53 and former leader Pierre Rolland is on 51.
Britain's Chris Froome survived a scare on the final descent of the stage to retain his yellow jersey by 4:14 ahead of Dutchman Bauke Mollema and a further 11 seconds over Spaniard Contador. Pressing on the notoriously dangerous descent into Gap, Saxo-Tinkoff's Contador crashed on one tight bend 6km from the finish, forcing Team Sky's Froome to veer to his left, ride off the road, unclip and then steady himself before continuing on his way alongside his remounted rival.
Yesterday, Portuguese all-rounder Rui Costa soloed to victory after attacking from a break on the final climb of the day. The Movistar rider finished ahead of three Frenchmen - Christophe Riblon, Arnold Jeannesson and Jerome Coppel - to deny the host nation a first win on the Tour. Costa's 11-minute advantage over the main pack of favourites makes up for the same amount of time he lost in coming to team-mate Alejandro Valverde's assistance after he punctures in the crosswinds last week...
Welcome to live coverage of stage 17 of the Tour de France, a 32km mountain time trial between Embrun and Chorges near the picturesque Lac de Serre Poncon in the Alps. Race organisers say this is one of the hardest race against the clock that they have come up with - and it features both two climbs and two descents.