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Martin powers to 1st at Mont-Saint-Michel at 54.271km/h
The time trial world champion has few peers in this discipline. Tony Martin pushed a 58x11 gear on the flat, fast course from Avranches to the stunning stage finish at Le Mont-Saint-Michel and although he was issued a significant challenge for the stage victory by the rider wearing the yellow jersey, the German scored his second stage success in the Tour de France.
On a day when the wind got stronger as the day progressed, no one was certain who would win until the final metres of the stage. No rider was able to surpass Martin's times at any check... not until the arrival of Chris Froome.
The rider who finished second in both long time trials on his way to second overall in 2012 beat Martin's time by one second at the 9.5km mark; and Froome was 2.42sec ahead at 22km... which prompted a vacant stare from the German in the hot seat at the finish. He couldn't believe that, despite dominating the others in the peloton, Froome looked as though he might steal what seemed like a certain victory. In the final part of the course, however, the yellow jersey faded ever-so-slightly to finish 11 behind Martin.
In the race for overall honours, we are reminded that there is one dominant force in the 100th Tour: Froome's nearest GC challenger in the time trial was Bauke Mollema who kept his third place on the overall rankings but, with his 11th place, slipped further behind Froome on time: from 1'44» to 3'37». Alejandro Valverde is second but only 12» ahead of his Dutch rival.
The Tour de France is just about set to get started, as all of the best bike riders in the world will get together for this four-week event. Cycling betting enthusiasts are going to be psyched up for Stage 11 of this event, and we'll have all of the coverage for it here at BookMaker Sportsbook!
On Wednesday, July 10th, the Tour de France will continue with Stage 11, which will start in Avraches and run all the way through Mont-Saint-Michel. The NBC Sports Network will have live television coverage of this stage for cycling betting fans in the United States.
If your favorite rider to make cycling betting picks on is a sprinter, we are still in the stage of the competition where there is plenty of time which could be made up. Not a heck of a lot is generally gained in individual time trials like we have in Stage 11, but a bad run could prove to be a killer. The finishing times are often very, very close in these trials, and that's why there is little to gain, but again, one slip on a bike, and don't have any teammates out there to pick up your slack.
The ride in Stage 11 is the first of two individual time trials on the Tour de France this year, and it is a short, 33 kilometer jaunt along the northwest border of the country.
Most recognize that the Eiffel Tower is the most notable landmark in all of France, but few would realize that the second biggest landmark in terms of tourism is at the Mont Saint-Michel, which is where this stage will end up. There would be tens of thousands gathered in this area for a normal day, but here for Stage 11 of the Tour de France, the allure of the race and the cycling betting odds will draw out even more fans if Mother Nature cooperates.
There really is very little to discuss in terms of difficulty of this time trial. The race starts about 90 meters above sea level, and though it isn't a totally downhill jaunt, it is trending downward for most of the race all the way to the Mont Saint-Michel, which is essentially right at sea level. The last 11 kilometers or so of this race is completely flat with absolutely nothing in terms of elevation changes, and the incline or decline is never more than a very workable 1.5%.
When you talk about the individual time trials, you have to mention some of the British riders. Mark Cavendish is one of the Brits who tends to do well in these time trials, but the man that really dominated last year was Bradley Wiggins. Wiggins won two of the three time trials in the middle and towards the end of the Tour de France.
With Wiggins out of the fold though, there are clearly going to be some openings for some of the better sprinters in the world to beat the cycling betting lines. We know that Cavendish will play a factor here in Stage 11, but others such as Andre Greipel, Peter Sagan, Matt Goss, and Mark Renshaw could very well be competitors for the stage title as well.
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