Froome remains right on point

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Froome remains right on point

Tour de France leader distances himself from his main opponents
Chris Froome, as race leader, set out last in Wednesday’s individual time trial. His skin-tight racing suit was yellow, so was his saddle, parts of his bike frame and a thick stripe down the middle of his otherwise black helmet. He puffed out his cheeks and licked his lips. The race starter held up five fingers and counted down. When the fingers were folded away, Froome raced off, and with each push on his pedals, Froome’s lead over his rivals grew.
Tony Martin’s white world champion’s jersey with rainbow stripes was so drenched with sweat that it turned translucent, revealing underneath scabs on his skin from a terrifying crash Stage 1. “So if you are ready for it, I think with a lot of morale, I think you can survive this,” the Tour de France’s Stage 11 winner said.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg passes world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France, an individual time trial Wednesday more than 20.6 miles with a start in the Avranches and finish in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France.
Tour de France

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France – A brief look at Wednesday’s 11th stage of the 100th Tour de France:
Stage: The 11th stage was an individual time trial on a scenic route in Normandy over 20.5 miles from Avranches to the medieval walled town of Mont-Saint-Michel.
Winner: Tony Martin. The two-time world time trial champion won the stage in 36 minutes, 29 seconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of race leader Chris Froome, who was the only rider within one minute of the German.
Yellow Jersey: Chris Froome. The British rider, who finished second overall to countryman Bradley Wiggins last year, had a stellar day. He extended his overall lead to 3:25 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, 3:37 over Dutchman Bauke Mollema and 3:54 over two-time former champion Alberto Contador of Spain.
Stat of the Day: 6 minutes, 54 seconds. The already huge gap between race leader Chris Froome and 2011 Tour champion Cadel Evans of Australia.
Quote of the Day: “To do something disrespectful like that is really sad and ruins the whole atmosphere,” Froome said after hearing that a spectator threw urine at British sprinter Mark Cavendish during the stage.
Thursday’s Stage: Stage 12 is the first of two days of flat stages for sprinters. It takes riders on a 135.5-mile route from Figures to Tours in the Loire valley, a picturesque region dotted with ancient chateaux and vineyards.
Associated Press

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Froome remains right on point

Chris Froome, as race leader, set out last in Wednesday’s individual time trial. His skin-tight racing suit was yellow, so was his saddle, parts of his bike frame and a thick stripe down the middle of his otherwise black helmet. He puffed out his cheeks and licked his lips. The race starter held up five fingers and counted down. When the fingers were folded away, Froome raced off, and with each push on his pedals, Froome’s lead over his rivals grew.
Tony Martin’s white world champion’s jersey with rainbow stripes was so drenched with sweat that it turned translucent, revealing underneath scabs on his skin from a terrifying crash Stage 1. “So if you are ready for it, I think with a lot of morale, I think you can survive this,” the Tour de France’s Stage 11 winner said.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg passes world heritage site Mont-Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France, an individual time trial Wednesday more than 20.6 miles with a start in the Avranches and finish in Mont-Saint-Michel, western France.
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