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TdF #11: Enjoy the view

July 12, 2013

Individual time trials are always very important in deciding the race, but I don’t enjoy watching them as much as the other stages. This one was improved by the fantastic view and stunning setting. However, coverage did not start early enough to see the winner Tony Martin. He was favourite to win the stage and no-one went close to beating him until the last rider, the man in yellow.

Froome had a great ride and almost bettered Martin. However, the head wind near the end slowed Froome more than Martin’s injuries slowed him. Only a few seconds separated them.

All the rest of the field were over 1m back. Of my five remaining top ten favourites, all except Quintana (3m30) were just over 2m back. Froome now has more than 3m, which is beginning to look like enough of buffer to avoid the need to chase everyone and maybe even have a slightly dodgy day.

Porte’s strong ride was a bit baffling, why work so hard when his GC hope has gone?

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