The World Champion proves why he is exactly that
So happy for Tony Martin, his wait for hours at the finish line after his own ride was worth it. In the end nobody rode the 33km course faster than he. Tony's time of 36'29" made his average speed 54.2 kmh (33.69 mph).
Today saw a change of the white jersey back from Quintana to Kwiatkowski, giving us more practice on spelling his name while realizing this is one rider who we will see much more of in the future.
The fans upset with Cavendish should think about the nature of bike racing. We go through this every year when folks expect a sprinting marvel to be courteous in the heat of battle. The referee determined the fall was the fault of Veelers, although Cavendish apologized by phone to Veelers last night, who took the call but definitely blamed Cavendish for causing his crash. I think Cav was aggressive but did not deserve relegation, yet blaming Veelers seemed wrong. I wrote my opinion yesterday on what occurred in Stage 10.
After stage 11 we can solidly say these 6 men (below) are strong contenders for the overall after half the stages of the Tour de France have been raced (10 stages remain):
The top 6 Contenders of the 2013 Tour de France - half way through the race
(read more about each rider at the links on their names)
Christopher Froome - in the lead by 3'25"
|Chris Froome (Team SKY) South Africa|
|Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) Spain|
|Bauke Mollema (Belkin) Dutch|
|Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) Spain|
|Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) Czech|
|Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin) Dutch|
Stage 11 Results GER 1 MARTIN, Tony (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP) 36:29 GBR 2 FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING) + 12 BEL 3 DE GENDT, Thomas (VACANSOLEIL-DCM) + 1:01 AUS 4 PORTE, Richie (SKY PROCYCLING) + 1:21 POL 5 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP) + 1:31 CAN 6 TUFT, Svein (ORICA GREENEDGE) + 1:35 FRA 7 CHAVANEL, Sylvain (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP) + 1:37 FRA 8 ROY, Jérémy (FDJ) + 1:43 NED 9 DUMOULIN, Tom (ARGOS-SHIMANO) + 1:45 ESP 10 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS, Jonathan (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 1:52 NED 11 MOLLEMA, Bauke (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 2:05 USA 12 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP) + 2:08 ESP 13 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 2:12 DEN 14 BAK, Lars Ytting (LOTTO BELISOL) + 2:15 ESP 15 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO-TINKOFF) CZE 16 KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 2:18 SVK 17 SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING) POL 18 BODNAR, Maciej (CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING) + 2:21 FRA 19 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 2:22 AUS 20 ROGERS, Michael (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 2:26 AUS 21 EVANS, Cadel (BMC RACING) + 2:30 NED 22 TEN DAM, Laurens (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 2:32
General Classification after Stage 11 GBR 1 FROOME, Christopher (SKY PROCYCLING) 42:29:24 ESP 2 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 3:25 NED 3 MOLLEMA, Bauke (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 3:37 ESP 4 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 3:54 CZE 5 KREUZIGER, Roman (SAXO-TINKOFF) + 3:57 NED 6 TEN DAM, Laurens (BELKIN PRO CYCLING) + 4:10 POL 7 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP) + 4:44 COL 8 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 5:18 POR 9 FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto (MOVISTAR TEAM) + 5:37 FRA 10 PERAUD, Jean-Christophe (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 5:39Classification Jerseys - after Stage 11
YELLOW - Christopher Froome (SKY)
GREEN - Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
POLKA DOT - Pierre Rolland (Europcar)
WHITE - Michael Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep)
COMBATIVE - [not awarded]
TEAM - Movistar
LANTERNE ROUGE - Dimitriy Muravyev (Astana) + 02h 06' 24"
Full list of overall GC standings here: General Classification standings 2013 Tour de France
Photo of the Day:
|Now that is FAST! Tony Martin is a blur before Mont-Saint-Michel and fans.|
Official Stage 11 ITT Highlights letour
Tony Martin After Stage 11 - a truly overwhelming barrage of media on him
In Search of a Little Humanity, By Ted King
INTEREST STORIES FOR THE DAY
Who is Belkin Pro Cycling?
|"The sponsorship of the Belkin Pro Cycling team was a natural partnership; we believe in teamwork, discipline, strength and innovation."|
Belkin, an American Electronics company, signed a two and a half year deal to sponsor the team, securing Richard Plugge as the team's General Manager, Nico Verhoeven as Sports Directuer, and Erik Dekker (you remember that cyclist right?) is one of six associate Sports Directors. Belkin products include wireless home networking and entertainment, mobile accessories, energy management, and lots of cables.
Roster of Riders on Belkin Pro Cycling Team | Follow team news | Belkin on Facebook
Two Belkin riders are in the top 6 on the GC at the Tour. The squad of Belkin riders representing the team at the 2013 Tour de France includes:
Belkin Pro Cycling Team (the entire squad remains intact)
161 BOOM Lars
162 GESINK Robert
163 LEEZER Tom
164 MOLLEMA Bauke
165 NORDHAUG Lars Petter
166 TANKINK Bram
167 TEN DAM Laurens
168 VANMARCKE Sep
169 WYNANTS Maarten
|Laurens Ten Dam climbs with Contador and Froome. Photo from Belkin on Facebook|
Stage 12 Thursday July 11th Fougères - Tours 218km!! en ligne / sprinters stage
Expect a break, which will get caught at the end by a bunch sprint. Sorry sounds boring, but this is a stage to get the peloton moving back across France to Lyon and into the Rhone-Alps. The stage begins at 78m and ends at 48m in altitude (I hardly think the profile is worth adding), the distance is the killer at 218km (135.5 miles).
We should see a number of Movistar, Saxo-Tinkoff, and Belkin jerseys tomorrow at the front controlling both the break and the pace.
This is how it should be sprinter teams at the front, break forms, GC teams take over to catch breakaway, sprinter teams take over to the line, sprinters launch, sprint finish.
To Tours in the Tour we go. Or, the Tour goes to Tours.
|2013 Tour de France Stage 12|
This year's Tour de France could also be called the Tourists Tour de France, because we continue to highlight some of the best locations (and folks) France has to offer. If the visit to the cycling crazed region of Brittany was not enough for you yesterday, over the next two stages we plow straight through the spectacular, and frequently visited, Loire River Valley.
The town of Fougères has one of the oldest belfrys in Brittany and was home to writers Chateaubriant, Hugo and Balzac. It is also a designated ville d'art et d'histoire and specializes in ramaougerie (apple preserves). Yum.
The town of Tours is very close to Château de Chambord - one of the most popular tourist sites in France and smack dab in the beautiful Loire valley which means the white wines of Touraine! Castles line the scenic Loire river and cycling, walking, driving, and boat tours abound. I visited nearby Angers and the area in 2003 when the Tour de France Time Trial was held nearby. You could definitely get castled-out here, in fact over a thousand chateaus dot the riverbanks of the Loire river.
|Photo from www.cycling-loire.com|
How to pronounce Loire =
|The stretch of la Loire river from Orléans to Angers (river flows west).|
|The Loire River. click image to enlarge|
|The many major rivers of France click image to enlarge|
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