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Martin Wins the Day - Froome Deals Blow
11 Jul, 2013

World Time Trial Champion showed his class today in taking out the stage ten individual time trial in the Tour de France. The German who crashed early in the first week is more scab than skin on his back but still managed to churn out a world class performance in beating yellow jersey Chris Froome to the top step of the podium by 12 seconds. It was a long wait for the OmegaPharma Quickstep rider who dealt to the 33km course in 36:39 with an average speed over 53kph, with every other rider in excess of a minute behind his time it was Chris Froome that caused the greatest stress. The SKY team rider was ahead at both of the check points along the route but to Martins delight faltered in the strong headwinds that buffeted the riders in the final 10km with Froome losing a massive 14 seconds in the final part of the course.

"I had a terrible last 30 minutes," Martin said after finally being declared the winner following a four-hour stint in the hot seat. "I didn't expect him to come so close. I'm happy he lost some seconds in the finale. It doesn't matter if you win by one second or one minute but it's great to win for me," Martin said.

"For sure the stage suits me better than him but we saw he has incredible power on the climbs, too."

Froome not only achieved his goal of maintaining his overall lead, but extended it. He now leads Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in second place by 3:25 and Bauke Mollema in third at 3:37.

"I'm really happy with that result. Tony did a fantastic ride to win the stage deserves it. He's the current world time trial champion and it's his speciality. I'm happy with second place and to have extended my lead on my GC rivals," he said after pulling on the yellow jersey yet again.

"There was a strong head wind and I was struggling to turn my legs in the final two kilometres."

"The time I've gained gives me a good buffer but I think I'll need every second I can get the way these guys are riding."

 

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Team SKY Chris Froome in full flight

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