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Froome tightens Tour grip as Martin wins time trial

  • Tony Martin rides in the Dauphine Criterium race between Villars-les-Dombes and Villars-les-Dombes on June 5. Tour de France leader Chris Froome tightened his grip on the yellow jersey after finishing second on the 11th stage time trial won by world champion Tony Martin on Wednesday

    Tony Martin rides in the Dauphine Criterium race between Villars-les-Dombes and Villars-les-Dombes on June 5. Tour de France leader Chris Froome tightened his grip on the yellow jersey after finishing second on the 11th stage time trial won by world champion Tony Martin on Wednesday  (AFP/File)

  • Map of stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France, a 33-kilometre individual time trial from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel.

    Map of stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France, a 33-kilometre individual time trial from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel.  (null)

  • Profile of stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France, a 33-kilometre individual time trial from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel on Wednesday.

    Profile of stage 11 of the 2013 Tour de France, a 33-kilometre individual time trial from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel on Wednesday.  (AFP)

Tour de France leader Chris Froome tightened his grip on the yellow jersey after finishing second on the 11th stage time trial won by world champion Tony Martin on Wednesday.

Martin had set the early pace for a windswept 33 km course from Avranches to Mont Saint Michel in 36min 29sec but had a nervous wait as Froome threatened to upset his hopes of victory.

In the end Team Sky's leader Froome came home in second place at 12secs adrift but finished more than two minutes ahead of principal rival, two-time champion Alberto Contador of Spain.

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