Tour de France 2013

June 29 - July 21, 2013, Porto-Vecchio, France, Road

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 11 of the Tour de France. Today's stage is a 33km individual time trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel on the Normandy coast.

  1. 12:59:35 CEST

    As our live coverage begins, 55 of the 182 riders have completed the time trial.

    Canada's Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) has set the fastest time so far, stopping the clock in 38:04.

  2. 13:02:48 CEST

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is the favourite to win the time trial. He is out on the course now and has set the fastest split time after 22km.

  3. 13:03:31 CEST

    Martin set a time of 24:42, Tuft was almost a minute slower in 25:35.

  4. 13:08:19 CEST

    Jeremy Roy ( is currently second fastest at the finish in a time of 38:12.

  5. 13:11:59 CEST

    Tony Martin is in the final part of the course and will finish in about ten minutes time.

  6. 13:14:33 CEST

    Thomas DE Gendt (Vacansoleil) has set the new fastest time of 37:30. 

  7. 13:15:26 CEST

     But Martin has smashed it, stopping the clock in a time of 36:29. That will be hard to beat.

  8. 13:15:28 CEST

     But Martin has smashed it, stopping the clock in a time of 36:29. That will be hard to beat.

  9. 13:16:51 CEST

    Martin leads De Gendt by a massive 1:01.

  10. 13:29:59 CEST

    David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) is only seventh fastest at the first time check in 10:58. Martin set a tie of 10:21.

  11. 13:34:28 CEST

    Tony Maetin covered the 33km course at an average speed of 543km/h. With the breeze picking up, that will be a tough time for anyone to beat.

  12. 13:40:32 CEST

     Sadly there are confirmed reports that roadside spectators have thrown urine at Mark Cavendish during his time trial. We'll try and find out more.

  13. 13:43:26 CEST

    Jerome Coppel (Cofidis) has set the 12th fastest time with 39:33. 


  14. 13:48:41 CEST

    Spanish TT champion Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) is out on the course. Lets see how he fares at the first time check. He could be a contender today.


  15. 13:50:07 CEST

    Castroviejo set a split time of 10:51.


  16. 13:51:04 CEST

    That's good enough for equal fifth time but he's well off the time of Tony Martin - 10:21. 


  17. 13:56:08 CEST

    David Millar won his first ever Tour de France time trial in 2000. He has finished seventh fastest today, with a time of 39:33. 


  18. 13:56:35 CEST

    Millar finished 2:34 slower than Tony Martin.


  19. 14:00:33 CEST

    For now Mark Cavendish has refused to comment about reports he had urine thrown at him.


  20. 14:03:01 CEST

    Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) stops the clock in 40:21. For many of the riders today will be recovery day. They will not ride flat out but will still need to push hard to avoid any chance of finishing outside the time limit.


  21. 14:15:04 CEST

    Cyclingnews Editor Daniel Benson has spoken to Omega Pharma-Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere, who has confirmed that urine was thrown at Mark Cavendish during the time trial.

    We will have a story on the incident soon on Cyclingnews. 


  22. 14:19:14 CEST

    Castroviejo is fifth at the second time check, 1:24 behind Martin.  


  23. 14:24:14 CEST

    Susan here for a few minutes.

  24. 14:25:12 CEST

    Rein Taaramae is at the second time check, and is 13th, nearly two full minutes down.

  25. 14:28:19 CEST

    Tony Martin says he is "very optimistic" that his time will hold up and win this time trial, but he knows that he will have to keep an eye on some of the good riders still to come.

  26. 14:29:31 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    Jens Voigt is on the road - the oldest rider in the race.

  27. 14:32:29 CEST

    The slowest rider so far, by the way, is Astana's Assan Bazayev, at 7.21 down.

  28. 14:35:13 CEST

    Philippe Gilbert is 13th at the second time check, 1:47 down.

  29. 14:37:08 CEST

    Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen has finished: 3:52 down. Apparently most of the Sky riders have been told to take it easy today and save their energy for supporting Chris Froome the rest of the Tour.

  30. 14:40:57 CEST

    Amael Moinard (BMC) gets a loud send-off from the many fans as he takes to the course.

  31. 14:43:59 CEST

    Peter Sagan is heading to the finish line, and looks like he will have a pretty good time.

  32. 14:45:30 CEST

    He is currently seventh, at 2:18 down.

  33. 14:47:56 CEST

    Simon Gerrans, the former yellow jersey, has finished as 22d.

  34. 14:55:35 CEST

    Lovely sunshine and warm temperatures today. Plus this lovely finishing area.

  35. 14:56:52 CEST

    Jon Izaguirre's Euskaltel-orange skinsuit is glowing in the sunshine. He is tenth at the second time check.

  36. 14:58:21 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Argos) is putting in a good time, fifth at the second time check.

  37. 15:00:27 CEST

    Gerrans comes in to the finish as 27th, +3:29.

  38. 15:01:57 CEST

    • Team BMC

    25km to go for Tejay Van Garderen (BMC).

  39. 15:02:37 CEST

    And the first African rider to wear the yellow jersey -- Daryl Impey, Orica-GreenEdge -- is now on his way.

  40. 15:04:30 CEST

    Tom Danielson (GarminSharp) is 67th at the second time check.

  41. 15:08:27 CEST

     Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) is in action, wearing his South African TT champion's jersey.

  42. 15:11:38 CEST

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) seems to have found his legs. He is second fastest after 9.5km, 18 seconds slower than Tony Martin.


  43. 15:20:42 CEST

    Fortunately the tide is out at Saint-Mount-Michel. The riders will not face a race against the the tide, only against time.


  44. 15:23:03 CEST

    Thibaut Pinot ( is out on the course. He's fighting his demons after a terrible time in the Pyrenees but is carrying on in the Tour.


  45. 15:24:12 CEST

    Richie Porte (Team Sky) is about to set off. Could he be a surprise winner?


  46. 15:25:13 CEST

    Nico Roche goes through the second time split. He sets a time of 26:36.


  47. 15:28:28 CEST

    Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) is fighting hard on out the road.


  48. 15:29:06 CEST

    Porte is tucked in an aero position and giving it 100%.


  49. 15:30:18 CEST

    Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) sets a time of 39:01, for tenth fastest.


  50. 15:32:26 CEST

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) stops the clock in a time of 39:49.


  51. 15:36:27 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is off! 


  52. 15:37:21 CEST

    Roche comes in and sets a time of 39:04.


  53. 15:38:53 CEST

    Chavanel is wearing his red, white and blue French national champions jersey.


  54. 15:40:41 CEST

    After finishing his ride, Philippe Gilbert (BMC) warned that the early kilometres of the course are more demanding than the road book suggests:

    “I was surprised because I thought the parcour was completely flat but in fact there were a few little climbs in the first part of the course and that put me in the red and I had to recover in the middle part. The wind was more favourable towards the end, so the last few kilometres are very quick,” he said.


  55. 15:43:11 CEST

    Van Garderen finished 3:19 behind Tony Martin and is currently 29th on the stage. 


  56. 15:44:24 CEST

    Porte is holding his head very low in a tightly tucked aero position.


  57. 15:46:04 CEST

    Porte is seventh fastest at the first split, 25 seconds slower than Martin.


  58. 15:48:37 CEST

    Chavanel is on a good ride. He set a time of 10:28 at the first split. That's just seven slower than Martin and he could benefit from the stronger tailwind. 


  59. 15:50:20 CEST

    Porte passes the second split in 25:36. That's 53 seconds down on Martin.


  60. 15:57:17 CEST

    Chavanel is approaching the 2nd time split at 22km. 


  61. 16:02:35 CEST

    Porte is quick, taking third with a time of 37:50. That's 1:20 down on Martin however.


  62. 16:04:14 CEST

    Chavanel has lost ground in the second sector. He is 55 seconds down on Martin. 


  63. 16:07:17 CEST

    Mick Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) starts his TT. For a start list of all the big names, click here. 


  64. 16:08:37 CEST

    Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) struggling. He's outside the top 50 at the second time split. He is targeting the polka dot jersey rather than the GC.


  65. 16:09:52 CEST

    Cadel Evans (BMC) rolls down the start ramp. The veteran Australian is hoping to move up overall with a good ride today.


  66. 16:11:12 CEST

    There are just 15 riders left to start the TT.   


  67. 16:13:59 CEST

    Evans is diving through the corners, cutting close to the barriers and the huge crowds.


  68. 16:15:26 CEST

    Here comes Chavanel, setting a time of 38:06 He is 1:36 behind Martin.


  69. 16:16:11 CEST

    Talansky is going well. He is eighth fastest at the second split, 1:21 slower than Martin.


  70. 16:16:52 CEST

    These later performances and the time splits seem to indicate that the wind has turned and is now slowing the riders. 


  71. 16:17:09 CEST

    Martin's time looks unbeatable.


  72. 16:21:21 CEST

    Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) stops the clock with 38:37. 


  73. 16:28:49 CEST

    Andy Schleck (Radioshack-Leopard) is out on the course. Watch this video to see him speak about his Tour and the TT. Click here


  74. 16:32:21 CEST

     Talansky's ride puts him in ninth place for the moment. Pretty good for the young American.

  75. 16:34:02 CEST

    Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) sets off. He could climb up to seventh overall today with a good ride. 


  76. 16:36:54 CEST

    Quintana sets off for his race of truth. He's wearing the white jersey as best young rider.


  77. 16:38:35 CEST

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) is completing his warm up, wearing his yellow skin suit. He sets off at 16:54 local time.


  78. 16:39:40 CEST

    Contador is on the start ramp. He crosses himself, gets ready and then rolls off. Can he gain time on Froome today or will he lose more time? 


  79. 16:41:08 CEST

    Schleck seems to be taking it steady in the TT. He is 3:27 down on Martin after 22km.


  80. 16:46:29 CEST

    Contador is dancing on the pedals on one of the early climbs.


  81. 16:49:40 CEST

    Cadel Evans (BMC) has produced a solid ride, with a final time of 38:59. He's 2:30 down on Martin.


  82. 16:50:34 CEST

    Evans was beaten by Rogers, Talansky and even Peter Sagan (Cannondale). 


  83. 16:51:32 CEST

    Valverde starts. Just Froome to go now.


  84. 16:53:37 CEST

    Schleck sets a high time of 41:13, that's only 108th place. 


  85. 16:54:14 CEST

    Here's Froome dog on the start ramp. Can he beat tony Martin today? We'll find out in 36 minutes or so.


  86. 16:54:46 CEST

    Froome rolls down the start ramp and quickly gets into his tuck onboard his Pinarello TT bike.


  87. 16:56:42 CEST

    Kwiatkowski finishes strong, with a time of 38:00. That's an excellent ride by the young Polish rider. 


  88. 16:58:00 CEST

    He was 1:31 down on Martin  but is currently fourth fastest.


  89. 16:58:54 CEST

    Froome is dressed in yellow but has blue mitts.


  90. 17:00:48 CEST

    39:22 for Fuglsang (Astana).


  91. 17:04:28 CEST

    Quintana is having a tough day. He is out of the top 50 after 22km.


  92. 17:05:57 CEST

    Contador is spinning his gear but is not going well. He is slower than teammate Rogers.


  93. 17:06:52 CEST

    Boom. Froome is 1 second faster than Martin at the first time split.


  94. 17:09:12 CEST

    Froome could gain a significant chunk of time on all his rivals, even if he fades and does not win the TT. 


  95. 17:11:42 CEST

    Contador was only 11th at the second time split. He could lose close to two minutes to Froome today. That would be a huge blow.


  96. 17:12:55 CEST

    Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam (Belkin) are fighting to limit their losses. 


  97. 17:13:28 CEST

    Froome has a powerful pedal action but moves his ankles very little. 


  98. 17:14:03 CEST

    Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) is also close to 50th place with a time of 40:05. 


  99. 17:15:29 CEST

    Contador can see Mont-Saint-Michel but he's fighting a head wind and so probably seeing double.


  100. 17:16:05 CEST

    Here comes Quintana.


  101. 17:16:52 CEST

    He has a bad days and loses the white jersey to Kwiatkowski. 


  102. 17:17:45 CEST

    Here comes Contador.


  103. 17:18:33 CEST

    He sets 38:44, he's outside of the top ten and so will lose a big chunk of time to Froome.  


  104. 17:19:26 CEST

    Froome is flying. He sets a time of 24:40, two seconds faster than Martin. He could win the stage but will definitely gain time on his GC rivals. 


  105. 17:20:01 CEST

    His rivals are losing close to 3 second per kilometre. 


  106. 17:23:29 CEST

    Froome is riding down the middle of the road, following the line and then moving slightly left and right to take the curves at speed.


  107. 17:24:18 CEST

    ten Dam sets 39:01. 


  108. 17:25:16 CEST

    The top ten will undergo a major reshuffle after the stage. One rider looks set to gain more than anyone else: Chris Froome.


  109. 17:27:35 CEST

    Only Valverde and Froome are still to finish.


  110. 17:29:49 CEST

    Mollema sets a time of 38:34. That's 10 secs faster than Contador. 


  111. 17:31:20 CEST

    Froome fades in the final and so Tony Martin wins the stage! 


  112. 17:33:16 CEST

    Froome set a time of 36:41, officially 12 seconds slower than Martin. However he gained a huge amount of time on his GC rivals.


  113. 17:35:20 CEST

    Tony Martin was expected to win the stage but nobody expected Froome to push him so close and gain so much on his rivals. 


  114. 17:44:17 CEST

     Froome's great ride has extended his overall lead on Valverde to 3:25. 

    Bauke Mollema (Belkin) is third overall at 3:37, with Alberto Contador  (Saxo-Tinkoff) fourth at 3:54. 

    The Tour de France is now Froome's to lose. But does anyone have the strength and courage to try and take him on in the Alps next week? 

  115. 17:45:51 CEST

    Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Phamra-Quick Step) also did well today. He climbed from 13th place to seventh and also moved past Quintana to retake the best young rider's white jersey.


  116. 17:48:47 CEST

    As Froome pulls on the yellow jersey yet again, we'll wrap up today's live coverage.

    Check out for a full stage report, a huge photo gallery, news and reaction.



  117. 17:50:32 CEST

    Join us on Thursday for full live coverage of stage 12. It is over 218km from Fougeres to Tours in central France. It is flat and so expected to finish in a high-speed sprint finish.


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