Martin Wins Stage 12 TT; Froome Tightens Grip on Tour de France
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has won Stage 11 of the Tour de France 2013. The German, who suffered a concussion, among other injuries, in a Stage 1 crash, powered over the flat, 33-km course from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel in 36:29. Chris Froome (Sky) was the only rider to finish within 1:00 of Martin, finishing 0:12 behind the Omega Pharma-Quick Step man. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) took third at 1:01. Froome remains the yellow jersey, and he extended his lead today.
but in the climbs you can see he has incredible power. Still, it doesn’t matter if you win by one second or one minute. Now, I’m really happy with this victory and really motivated for the next days. I’m also really happy for the team as I think it gives us a lot of morale with a second stage win. In this way, we can continue with confidence.”
Fan misbehavior marred the stage. Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), who collided with Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) and knocked him down yesterday, was doused with a cup of urine while racing today.
In the overall, Froome leads Valverde by 3:25 and Mollema by 3:37. Stage 12 will not change this state of affairs. The flat, 218-km run from Fougeres to Tours should see the sprinters dominate. Who will win? Cavendish? Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)? Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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