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July 10, 2013, 6:47 BST,
July 10, 2013, 11:59 BST
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tour de France, Stage 11
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) powers to victory in the 32.5km time trial at the Dauphiné

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) powers to victory in the 32.5km time trial at the Dauphiné

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Start times for Stage 11

Reigning World Champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) is the overwhelming favourite for Wednesday's 33km individual time trial between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel while maillot jaune Chris Froome (Sky) will be looking to maintain and perhaps even extend his advantage over his GC rivals.

Martin will be the 65th rider to leave the start house at 12:36 local time, and so will have a while to wait to see if his time stands with the German expected to cover the distance in around 38 minutes.

First man on course however will be six-time Paralympic Champion Jiri Jezek of the Czech Republic who will be riding as a special guest of the Tour. As for the first official starter, that honour goes to Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana) who will begin his ride at 10:28 with the next 157 riders leaving at two-minute intervals while the remaining 24 get a three-minute gap.

The reasonably flat, straight roads hold a distinct advantage for the powerful purists of the discipline, with last month's time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine a good point of reference. There, Martin again showed his dominance in the chrono, having recovered from illness, to win by 47 seconds from Garmin's Rohan Dennis, while Froome was a further five seconds in arrears to round out the podium.

"I feel pretty well," Martin said of his feeling heading into Stage 11, having battled the Tour so far with significant grazing after a crash on Stage 1. "I had a pretty good rest day. The injuries are quite okay now, not too much pain anymore. I recovered well and am really motivated for the time trial tomorrow."

Froome meantime, holds a 1:25 advantage over nearest rival Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and was planning a Tuesday evening recon for a detailed look at the task at hand. It's likely that Froome will have set a time fast enough to land on the podium once he crosses the finish line in the shadows of the monastery around 5:30pm but the Sky leader's biggest objective for the stage will be to extend his lead over his rivals for the top step in Paris on July 21.

Team Belkin, with Bauke Mollema (third at 1:44) and Laurens Ten Dam (fourth at 1:50) have ushered in the new era for the team at the Tour with a performance so far that has been big on consistency while largely escaping the spotlight. Mollema, while definitely a climbing specialist, is not at a complete loss against the clock, as recently seen at the Tour de Suisse where he finished third behind Rui Costa (Movistar) on the final day. The final 10km of that stage featured a steady climb where around 930 metres in height we gained, but the result should give the Dutchman confidence.

"I am in good form and I can usually ride a decent time trial then," Mollema said heading into the ITT. "I am going to scout the parcours one more time tomorrow morning and then I'll give it all I have. It's a flat TT and the GC riders around me are no real specialists so hopefully I can hang on to third. That would be very nice."

Currently sixth overall at 1:51 behind teammate Romain Kreuziger, Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) admits that Froome has the better of him against the clock, and like Valverde, will be keen to limit any losses.

"It [the time trial] will be difficult for me because it is completely flat, suitable for specialists and in this sense it's a disadvantage," Contador said on Monday's rest day. "What is clear though is that I'll give a hundred percent and we'll see what happens."


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Start times, Stage 11

# Rider Name (Country) Team Depart
1 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 10:28:00  
2 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 10:30:00  
3 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 10:32:00  
4 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 10:34:00  
5 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 10:36:00  
6 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 10:38:00  
7 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 10:40:00  
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 10:42:00  
9 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 10:44:00  
10 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol 10:46:00  
11 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10:48:00  
12 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 10:50:00  
13 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 10:52:00  
14 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 10:54:00  
15 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 10:56:00  
16 William Bonnet (Fra) 10:58:00  
17 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 11:00:00  
18 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 11:02:00  
19 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 11:04:00  
20 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 11:06:00  
21 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 11:08:00  
22 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 11:10:00  
23 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:12:00  
24 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 11:14:00  
25 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 11:16:00  
26 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:18:00  
27 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 11:20:00  
28 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 11:22:00  
29 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 11:24:00  
30 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11:26:00  
31 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 11:28:00  
32 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 11:30:00  
33 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 11:32:00  
34 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11:34:00  
35 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:36:00  
36 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 11:38:00  
37 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 11:40:00  
38 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 11:42:00  
39 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:44:00  
40 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 11:46:00  
41 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 11:48:00  
42 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 11:50:00  
43 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) 11:52:00  
44 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 11:54:00  
45 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 11:56:00  
46 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 11:58:00  
47 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12:00:00  
48 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 12:02:00  
49 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 12:04:00  
50 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 12:06:00  
51 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 12:08:00  
52 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 12:10:00  
53 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 12:12:00  
54 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12:14:00  
55 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 12:16:00  
56 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 12:18:00  
57 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 12:20:00  
58 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 12:22:00  
59 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 12:24:00  
60 Jérémy Roy (Fra) 12:26:00  
61 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 12:28:00  
62 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 12:30:00  
63 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 12:32:00  
64 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 12:34:00  
65 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 12:36:00  
66 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 12:38:00  
67 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:40:00  
68 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:42:00  
69 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 12:44:00  
70 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 12:46:00  
71 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 12:48:00  
72 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun 12:50:00  
73 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12:52:00  
74 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 12:54:00  
75 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 12:56:00  
76 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 12:58:00  
77 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 13:00:00  
78 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 13:02:00  
79 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 13:04:00  
80 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 13:06:00  
81 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:08:00  
82 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 13:10:00  
83 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 13:12:00  
84 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 13:14:00  
85 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:16:00  
86 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol 13:18:00  
87 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:20:00  
88 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 13:22:00  
89 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 13:24:00  
90 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 13:26:00  
91 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 13:28:00  
92 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 13:30:00  
93 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 13:32:00  
94 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 13:34:00  
95 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:36:00  
96 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 13:38:00  
97 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 13:40:00  
98 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 13:42:00  
99 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 13:44:00  
100 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 13:46:00  
101 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) 13:48:00  
102 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 13:50:00  
103 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 13:52:00  
104 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 13:54:00  
105 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 13:56:00  
106 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 13:58:00  
107 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14:00:00  
108 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 14:02:00  
109 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 14:04:00  
110 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 14:06:00  
111 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 14:08:00  
112 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 14:10:00  
113 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 14:12:00  
114 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14:14:00  
115 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) 14:16:00  
116 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun 14:18:00  
117 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 14:20:00  
118 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 14:22:00  
119 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14:24:00  
120 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:26:00  
121 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 14:28:00  
122 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 14:30:00  
123 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 14:32:00  
124 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 14:34:00  
125 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp 14:36:00  
126 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 14:38:00  
127 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 14:40:00  
128 Arthur Vichot (Fra) 14:42:00  
129 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14:44:00  
130 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 14:46:00  
131 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 14:48:00  
132 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 14:50:00  
133 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 14:52:00  
134 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) 14:54:00  
135 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14:56:00  
136 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 14:58:00  
137 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 15:00:00  
138 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 15:02:00  
139 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) 15:04:00  
140 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 15:06:00  
141 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 15:08:00  
142 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 15:10:00  
143 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 15:12:00  
144 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 15:14:00  
145 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 15:16:00  
146 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 15:18:00  
147 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun 15:20:00  
148 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 15:22:00  
149 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 15:24:00  
150 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 15:26:00  
151 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 15:28:00  
152 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:30:00  
153 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 15:32:00  
154 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 15:34:00  
155 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 15:36:00  
156 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 15:38:00  
157 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 15:40:00  
158 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 15:42:00  
159 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 15:45:00  
160 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 15:48:00  
161 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 15:51:00  
162 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 15:54:00  
163 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:57:00  
164 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 16:00:00  
165 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 16:03:00  
166 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 16:06:00  
167 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 16:09:00  
168 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 16:12:00  
169 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 16:15:00  
170 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 16:18:00  
171 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 16:21:00  
172 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 16:24:00  
173 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 16:27:00  
174 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 16:30:00  
175 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 16:33:00  
176 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 16:36:00  
177 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 16:39:00  
178 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 16:42:00  
179 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16:45:00  
180 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16:48:00  
181 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 16:51:00  
182 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 16:54:00  

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