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Is Martin's ITT winning streak about to come to an end?

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July 17, 2013, 8:09 BST,
July 17, 2013, 10:38 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tour de France
Time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) powers to the finish line in Mont-Saint-Michel

Time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) powers to the finish line in Mont-Saint-Michel

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Start times for Stage 17 as Froome, Contador battle resumes

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) has won his last five consecutive time trials but maillot jaune Chris Froome (Sky) is poised to bring the German's winning streak to an end in Wednesday's 17th stage of the Tour de France.

In fact, Martin's record is so good that since taking his World Championship title in October last year, he's only been beaten once in the chrono and that was in the Prologue at the Tour of Romandie.

The 32km ITT between Embrun and Chorges is vastly different in terrain from the race against the clock witnessed on stage 11. Instead of a slightly undulating parcours, two climbs await the 179 men left in the peloton. The first, just 6.5km into the stage, the Cat. 2 Côte de Puy-Sanières is followed by the slightly longer and harder Cat. 2 Côte de Réallon with 12km left to race.

Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEdge) will be the first man out of the start house at 10:17am local time, Martin will leave at 12:39pm while Froome as race leader will be last away at 4:33pm.

A look back at the events of stage 11 saw Martin get the better of Froome by 12 seconds and the race leader's climbing skills should give him an edge this time around and a third stage victory. Martin said as much to AFP.

"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 admitted.

"With the right motivation and if the circumstances are perfect, then I could get lucky, but this is not a classic time-trial."

The wet conditions forecast however, could play into the hands of Alberto Contador as the Saxo-Tinkof, Sky arm-wrestle for the top step in Paris builds momentum over the final week of racing with the Spaniard 4:25 behind Froome. No doubt keen to build on the fact that he unsettled Froome en route to Gap, Contador is again poised to attack.

"If it rains at all, then it is a course than suits him well, but if the ground is drier he will not be able to make as big a difference on the downhills," said Saxo-Tinkoff directeur sportif Philippe Mauduit.

"Chris [Froome] should be superior on the climbs, but it is not a bad route for Alberto, that is clear. It should favour him."

Contador's last victory in a grand tour time trial was at the 2011 Giro d'Italia, on a shorter and more-challenging parcours.

Second overall, Bauke Mollema (Belkin) is just 11 seconds ahead of Contador and in his last hit-out before the Tour, finished third in the uphill time trial. The Dutchman finished in a respectable 11th place on stage 11 but should post an improved result on Wednesday's stage given his climbing strength.

"It's quite tricky, but I hope I can take time on Contador," Mollema said of the stage. "With two climbs, I fancy my chances on the parcours. The previous time trial gave me a lot of morale."


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Start times Stage 17

# Rider Name (Country) Team Depart
1 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 10:17:00  
2 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 10:19:00  
3 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 10:21:00  
4 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 10:23:00  
5 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 10:25:00  
6 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 10:27:00  
7 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 10:29:00  
8 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 10:31:00  
9 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 10:33:00  
10 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 10:35:00  
11 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10:37:00  
12 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 10:39:00  
13 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 10:41:00  
14 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10:43:00  
15 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 10:45:00  
16 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10:47:00  
17 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 10:49:00  
18 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 10:51:00  
19 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 10:53:00  
20 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 10:55:00  
21 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 10:57:00  
22 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 10:59:00  
23 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 11:01:00  
24 William Bonnet (Fra) 11:03:00  
25 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 11:05:00  
26 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 11:07:00  
27 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 11:09:00  
28 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:11:00  
29 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 11:13:00  
30 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 11:15:00  
31 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 11:17:00  
32 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11:19:00  
33 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 11:21:00  
34 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 11:23:00  
35 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) 11:25:00  
36 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 11:27:00  
37 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:29:00  
38 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 11:31:00  
39 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 11:33:00  
40 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 11:35:00  
41 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 11:37:00  
42 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:39:00  
43 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 11:41:00  
44 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 11:43:00  
45 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 11:45:00  
46 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 11:47:00  
47 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 11:49:00  
48 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 11:51:00  
49 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 11:53:00  
50 Jérémy Roy (Fra) 11:55:00  
51 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 11:57:00  
52 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 11:59:00  
53 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 12:01:00  
54 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 12:03:00  
55 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:05:00  
56 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 12:07:00  
57 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 12:09:00  
58 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 12:11:00  
59 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:13:00  
60 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 12:15:00  
61 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12:17:00  
62 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 12:19:00  
63 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 12:21:00  
64 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 12:23:00  
65 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 12:25:00  
66 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 12:27:00  
67 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:29:00  
68 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:31:00  
69 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 12:33:00  
70 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:35:00  
71 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 12:37:00  
72 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 12:39:00  
73 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 12:41:00  
74 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 12:43:00  
75 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 12:45:00  
76 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 12:47:00  
77 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 12:49:00  
78 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 12:51:00  
79 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 12:53:00  
80 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 12:55:00  
81 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:57:00  
82 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 12:59:00  
83 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 13:01:00  
84 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 13:03:00  
85 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 13:05:00  
86 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 13:07:00  
87 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 13:09:00  
88 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 13:11:00  
89 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 13:13:00  
90 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 13:15:00  
91 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:17:00  
92 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 13:19:00  
93 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:21:00  
94 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 13:23:00  
95 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 13:25:00  
96 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 13:27:00  
97 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 13:29:00  
98 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun 13:31:00  
99 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 13:33:00  
100 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 13:35:00  
101 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) 13:37:00  
102 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 13:39:00  
103 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 13:41:00  
104 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:43:00  
105 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:45:00  
106 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:47:00  
107 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 13:49:00  
108 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 13:51:00  
109 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 13:53:00  
110 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 13:55:00  
111 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 13:57:00  
112 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 13:59:00  
113 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) 14:01:00  
114 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 14:03:00  
115 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 14:05:00  
116 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:07:00  
117 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 14:09:00  
118 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14:11:00  
119 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 14:13:00  
120 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 14:15:00  
121 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 14:17:00  
122 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:19:00  
123 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 14:21:00  
124 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 14:23:00  
125 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 14:25:00  
126 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 14:27:00  
127 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 14:29:00  
128 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 14:31:00  
129 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 14:33:00  
130 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 14:35:00  
131 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 14:37:00  
132 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 14:39:00  
133 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 14:41:00  
134 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 14:43:00  
135 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14:45:00  
136 Arthur Vichot (Fra) 14:47:00  
137 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14:49:00  
138 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 14:51:00  
139 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14:53:00  
140 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 14:55:00  
141 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) 14:57:00  
142 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 14:59:00  
143 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 15:01:00  
144 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 15:03:00  
145 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 15:05:00  
146 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 15:07:00  
147 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:09:00  
148 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 15:11:00  
149 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 15:13:00  
150 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 15:15:00  
151 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 15:17:00  
152 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 15:19:00  
153 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 15:21:00  
154 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 15:23:00  
155 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 15:25:00  
156 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 15:27:00  
157 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 15:29:00  
158 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:31:00  
159 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 15:33:00  
160 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 15:36:00  
161 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 15:39:00  
162 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 15:42:00  
163 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 15:45:00  
164 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 15:48:00  
165 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 15:51:00  
166 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:54:00  
167 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 15:57:00  
168 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 16:00:00  
169 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 16:03:00  
170 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 16:06:00  
171 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 16:09:00  
172 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 16:12:00  
173 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 16:15:00  
174 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16:18:00  
175 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 16:21:00  
176 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 16:24:00  
177 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 16:27:00  
178 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16:30:00  
179 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 16:33:00  


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