Storming time trial from Froome extends Tour de France lead

10 July 2013 / 21:33

Chris Froome tightened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey with a storming time trial performance in Mont-Saint-Michel.

Last year's runner-up Froome, a time trial bronze medallist at the London 2012 Olympics, finished second over the 33km stage 11 route.

Two-time world champion Tony Martin was just 12 seconds quicker and Froome's time enabled him to extend his overall lead to three minutes and 25 seconds.

Nearest rival Alejandro Valverde came home 13th but stays second, although third placed Bauke Mollema cut into his overall time, finishing 11th on the stage.

“I am really happy with that result. Tony did a fantastic ride to win the stage, and he really deserves that. As world champion, the time trial is his specialty," said Froome.

“I am really happy with second place and having extended my advantage on the other big general classification rivals.

"It gives me a good buffer going into the next few days though, and I think I am going to need every second."

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